How necessary is genetic testing?

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Between fertility tracking, ovulation calendars, and visits to your healthcare provider, it’s hard to know if you’re doing everything you can to ensure a healthy road to conception. Is genetic testing something you should be doing?

Genetic testing is a great first step to take when you’re trying to conceive because it allows you to be informed of your risk of passing on a genetic disorder. Being a carrier doesn’t mean you have the disorder, but it does mean that there is an increased risk of passing on that disorder to your child.

Why is genetic testing important?

Genetic testing can determine if you and your partner are carriers of a severe genetic disorder. Testing yourself and your partner early in your conception efforts gives you more options for growing your family in a healthy way. 1 in 19* people in the United States is a carrier for spinal muscular atrophy or cystic fibrosis, two serious genetic disorders.

Screening for cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy is recommended by leading medical organizations, including The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics. One at-home genetic test, “>GeneVu also provides genetic counselors to talk you through your results and help you plan the next steps.

What can I do with the results?

Most of the time, neither of you will be carriers, and you will have peace of mind knowing your risk of passing one of these disorders is very low. If you test positive as a carrier, the next step is for your partner to be tested. You’re at an increased risk of having a child with one of these genetic disorders if you and your partner both test positive for the same disorder. If both you and your partner are carriers, you can seek the advice of a genetic counselor or your healthcare provider to discuss the best options for your family.

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*Calculations based on overall carrier frequencies for the US population and may vary based on ethnicity and family history.

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