Preconception genetic testing provides important information to patients
Before you get pregnant, you may worry about certain diseases that your baby could inherit. If you are pursuing fertility treatment at our clinic, Joshua J. Berger MD may recommend preconception genetic testing, or carrier screening. During the initial stages of your fertility testing at our Manhattan Beach fertility center, Dr. Berger will help you decide whether this type of testing is right for you.
What is preconception genetic testing?
Single Gene vs. Chromosome Disorders
- Genes direct a body’s cells. Gene disorders run in families.
- Chromosomes serve as the structures that hold genes. Most chromosome disorders do not run in families.
Carrier screening involves a simple blood draw or a saliva test. A specialized genetics laboratory will then assess each blood or saliva sample for the presence of certain genetic illnesses. This test is noninvasive and can help determine whether you or your partner have or carry an inheritable condition.
Our Manhattan Beach fertility center partners with Natera for genetic testing, so your test results will generally be available within five business days. In addition to the results of a multi-disease screening panel, you’ll also receive actionable recommendations to have a healthy baby.
Who should consider carrier screening?
Many individuals and couples who visit Innovative Fertility Center can benefit from carrier screening. This is especially true if you or your partner has a known family history of certain inheritable diseases. Below is a list of a few common examples.
- Cystic fibrosis
- Canavan disease
- Tay-Sachs disease
- Bloom syndrome
- Gaucher disease
- Sickle cell disease
Preconception genetic testing can also be helpful for patients who are African American, Mediterranean or of European Jewish descent. Certain inheritable illnesses tend to be more prevalent among these groups.
This type of testing can also help identify whether you or your partner are an unknowing and symptomless carrier of a genetic illness. If you are, Dr. Berger may recommend in vitro fertilization (IVF) with preimplantation genetic testing (PGT). This treatment combination can help you have a healthy baby.
Count on our team to serve as your trusted partners in fertility care
Our Manhattan Beach fertility center offers preconception genetic testing to help you prepare to have a healthy baby. Carrier screening can give you and your partner the information you need to make informed family-planning decisions. Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Berger.