Genetic Testing Available In Singapore
We offer the latest advancements in treatment to give couples the best possible reproductive outcomes for pregnancy and bringing home a baby.
In Singapore, certain genetic screening tests are not approved by the Ministry of Health and therefore are not offered through Monash IVF Singapore. Please read on to find out more.
Genetic testing in fertility examines DNA to reveal alterations in chromosomes and chromosome conditions which may arise during conception or may be related to a genetic condition carried by one of the patients. Genetic testing also helps our fertility specialists to identify the most appropriate assisted reproductive techniques for patients.
Knowing whether genetic testing is right for you and specific to your fertility plan is decided between you and your fertility specialist. Wherever you may be in the fertility journey, we make genetic testing counselling part of your IVF consultation with the Monash IVF fertility team and an optional service for couples to consider.
Together with you and our specialists, we’ll provide you options and the appropriate course of treatment accessible to you and relative to your individual circumstances.
NIPT Non-Invasive Prenatal Test
The Non-Invasive Prenatal test (NIPT –NIP’ TEE) is an optional blood test that can be given as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy to screen for developing genetic abnormalities. The test screens for the most common chromosomal conditions that can affect your baby’s health. It gives parents-to-be a choice to obtain important information about the health of their developing baby in the first trimester, with no risk to their pregnancy. Test results are usually reported back to your doctor within 14 business days.
How is NIPT done? And What does it screen for?
PGT-M Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Monogenetic / Single Gene Conditions
PGT-SR Preimplantation Genetic Test for Structural Rearrangements
There are different Types of PGT which may be recommended for you depending on your personal situation.
- Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Monogenic (Single Gene) Disorders (PGT-M) test for inherited family conditions caused by single gene mutations, such as those causing Cystic Fibrosis.
- Preimplantation Genetic Test for Structural Rearrangements (PGT-SR) may be recommended by your fertility specialist when you have a translocation or misalignment in your chromosomes.
In Singapore on 4th of May 2021, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced the introduction of pre-implantation genetic testing for monogenic / single gene defects (PGT-M) and pre-implantation genetic testing for chromosomal structural rearrangements (PGT-SR) as regulated clinical services available through approved and licensed provider in Singapore.
Couples in Singapore who may require PGT-M or PGT-SR services are encouraged to consult with their provider. Any questions you may have can be directed to our experienced fertility team. Please consult with us: firstname.lastname@example.org or +65 6723 7889
Which inherited genetic conditions does PGT-M test for?
PGT-A Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Aneuploidy
There are different genetic testing available depending on your individual needs. In Singapore, PGT–A testing is not an approved screening test by the Ministry of Health. Monash IVF Singapore does not offer PGT-A testing.
Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Aneuploidy (PGT-A) is a type of genetic screening performed on embryos prior to implantation in the uterus for in-vitro fertilization (IVF). You may have also heard it referred to as its former name, PGS -Preimplantation Genetic Screening. The PGT-A test is a common add-on test during IVF treatment to determine whether an embryo should be implanted based on its chromosomal number. The purpose of this test is to select embryos with the highest chance of implantation and live birth to maximize your chances of having a child with each cycle of IVF.