Genetic screening provides valuable information about risk factors and predictors for conceiving a healthy baby. Advances in gene mapping allow for affordable, quick access to your genetic roadmap and the likelihood of passing on inheritable genetic conditions to your baby.
At Dreams Fertility, we recommend preconception testing for all people, not just infertility patients, who plan to start a family.
Preconception or carrier testing identifies gene alterations that occur on an individual’s 22 non-sex chromosomes.
An autosomal recessive disorder requires two copies of the gene, one from each parent, for the disease to occur in their offspring. Unknowing, symptomless carriers of genetic disease can conceive a child together and pass on the active disease or trait.
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There is a 25 percent chance the baby will have the active disease (2 abnormal genes).
There is a 50 percent chance the baby will be a carrier of the disease (1 abnormal, 1 normal gene).
There is a 25 percent chance the baby will not have or carry the disease (2 normal genes).
There are more than 2,000 different diseases that we can test for, but our fertility center tends to focus on life-altering or life-threatening conditions:
Who should consider genetic testing? Anyone planning to have children, particularly those with a family history of genetic disease or those from specific ethnic backgrounds.
A blood or saliva sample will reveal comprehensive information that a fertility specialist needs to know to either 1) put your mind at ease or 2) make a proactive plan.
Even if both partners are genetic disease carriers, you have options. Today’s advanced reproductive technology includes an IVF laboratory technique to identify unaffected embryos before an IVF cycle transfer. The Dreams team is experienced at preimplantation genetic diagnosis PGT and preimplantation genetic screening PGS.
We also work with genetic counselors to help couples and individuals decide whether to conceive with fertility treatment options or consider adoption or child-free living.
Think of genetic screening as a safety net for your baby-to-be. Contact the reproductive medicine experts at Dreams Fertility to learn more about genetic screening before starting your family.