Women's experience of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis: A qualitative study

J. C. Karatas, K. Barlow-Stewart, K. A. Strong, B. Meiser, C. McMahon, C. Roberts

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Objective: To provide an in-depth account of the experience of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Method: Exploratory qualitative interview study. Participants were recruited from one major in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic in Sydney, Australia. Data were collected through 14 in-depth interviews with women at different stages of PGD, utilized a thematic approach and facilitated by NVivo software. Results: Women reported using PGD as empowering and led them to feel in control of their reproductive futures. Health professionals who did not tell women about PGD were seen as a barrier to accessing treatment. The ability to select embryos free from the genetic condition (for which it was at risk) alleviated stress. Despite this, stress experienced with PGD was significant for women, and often related to past experiences of reproductive trauma and grief. The outcome of embryos was also the cause of stress for women. Conclusion: Women undergoing PGD have a diverse range of reproductive and genetic histories, psychosocial circumstances and world views that all interact and impact their experience of PGD. Successful support and care of these women should address all of these factors and tailor the support provided for women using this physically and emotionally complex form of reproductive technology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)771-777
Number of pages7
JournalPrenatal Diagnosis
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010


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