We hope this website will answer a great number of your questions. Please find below the questions you are likely to ask first. If you cannot find an answer to your question on this page, nor elsewhere on this website, please do not hesitate to contact us.
How do I apply for PGD?
You must be signed up by a doctor, preferably the clinical geneticist or gynaecologist with whom you have discussed your genetic disorder. The application must be submitted to Prof. C. de Die-Smulders, clinical geneticist and medical coordinator for PGD procedures at Maastricht UMC+. Upon receipt of your application, you will be invited for an initial information meeting. Please note that the MUMC+ is not the only place where you can receive more information on PGD; similar information can be obtained from Utrecht UMC, Groningen UMC or Amsterdam AMC. All three of these centres will be able to sign you up for treatment at MUMC+.
How long will I be on the waiting list for PGD?
All applicants are invited for an intake interview within a few weeks of their application. How long you will have to wait to undergo your first actual procedure strongly depends on your indication for PGD and on whether or not a test has been developed to screen for your particular disorder. The waiting period may be anywhere from a few months to up to two years.
How many cycles am I allowed to undergo and will they be covered?
In general the maximum number of PGD cycles has been set at three. We know from experience that patients are less likely to conceive after three IVF/PGD cycles. If it is justified from a medical point of view, and after consultation of the IVF department, the couple can undergo a 4th or 5th treatment.
Most Dutch health insurers cover the expenses of a maximum of three cycles. If the insurance company does not cover the costs of the 4th and 5th treatment cycle, the couple has to pay the cost for the IVF treatment as well as for the PGD analysis. Prices are on our website and may vary each year. The couple can also switch to another insurance company, which covers the further treatment(s). The insurance premium will probably be higher than.
If the couple was pregnant after PGD in the past, most insurance companies will cover the cost for the treatment for the next pregnancy. We advise couples to inquire about the conditions for further treatment.
How long is the interval between the various IVF and PGD procedures?
There will always be a few months between consecutive IVF and PGD procedures. First of all, your period will have to return to normal, and then a new procedure will have to be scheduled and initiated. The exact duration of the intervals will also depend on your indication and on the hospital’s capacity.