Genetic screening provides valuable information about risk factors and predictors for conceiving a healthy baby. Modern innovations in gene mapping now enable an affordable, quick-access solution for understanding your genetic roadmap and the likelihood of passing on inheritable genetic conditions to your baby.
At Dreams Fertility, we recommend preconception genetic 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.
Fertility genetic testing can identify a wide range of potentially inherited conditions, such as:
Having this information can help parents prepare mentally and emotionally for any medical challenges their future children might face. It can also provide pediatric doctors with more information on potential complications your child may experience to help them create a more effective treatment plan that involves the earliest intervention possible.
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Genetic screening can also play a significant role in an individual’s plans to expand their family or continue their lives without children. Knowing your status as a carrier can help you decide whether you want to continue with fertility treatments or pursue an alternative route for bringing children into your home, such as adoption or fostering.
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.
Genetic testing can still be performed for parents who are already expecting a new addition to their family. This can help identify any potential health conditions that your child may experience and can provide you with insights and an action plan to coordinate treatments for early intervention with a pediatric care provider in the future. Doing so can help your child live a healthier and more fulfilling life if any potential genetic conditions are inherited.
At Dreams Fertility, Dr. Luis Murrain is a reproductive genetics specialist who remains committed to helping individuals and families find the best solution for their reproductive needs throughout all steps of the parenthood journey. If you are interested in a genetic screening before or during pregnancy, schedule a consultation with us today.