Counsyl has developed the Family Prep Screen, a simple test that can tell if your baby may be at risk of inheriting any of more than 100 genetic diseases. You can take it even before conceiving, which gives you plenty of time to make informed decisions for your family.
What is carrier screening?
Carrier screening can tell if you or your partner carry conditions you could pass on to your children. Think of it as another routine exam—kind of like an ultrasound for your genes. Using a small amount of saliva or blood, the Family Prep Screen looks to see if you have irregularities in your genes that could affect your baby’s health.
Why is carrier screening important?
If both you and your partner have an irregularity in the same gene, there’s a 1 in 4 (25%) chance your children could inherit the irregularity from both of you and develop symptoms of that condition.
Some of the conditions identified by the Family Prep Screen can be treated early in life, like Wilson disease and PKU. Others are chronic and require lifelong management, like cystic fibrosis and Bloom syndrome.
Why is it best to get screened early?
If you find out you and your partner carry irregularities in the the same gene before getting pregnant, or early in your pregnancy, you will have the time to work with your healthcare provider to consider your options and make choices that feel right for you.
- Perform prenatal diagnosis: With the awareness of your risks, you can make sure you take the proper tests during pregnancy to see if any diseases were passed on to your child.
- Find a specialist: In some cases, early treatment can make a big difference.
- Pursue in vitro fertilization: IVF can greatly reduce the chances of passing on irregular genes to your baby.
- Make other plans: You can consider other ways of starting a family.
Performing genetic screening early is the best way to ensure that the information you get will be useful and actionable. Talk to your healthcare provider today about the Counsyl Family Prep Screen, and tap the button below for more information.
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