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Genetic Disorders & Fertility

Modern genetic testing makes it possible to find out the odds of having a child with a genetic disorder before you even get pregnant.

Most people are unaware they carry a genetic disorder. But for those of us where a genetic disorder runs in our family, or belong to an ethnic group with a high risk of genetic diseases, genetic testing before trying to conceive is even more important. 

 

Genetic disorders are passed on to the next generation when a baby inherits two bad copies of a gene, one from each parent. Your baby will be born with the disorder only if both you and your partner pass the bad gene to her. If a parent only has one faulty copy, you are merely a "carrier" for it. Carriers do not present with any symptoms and your baby won’t have any symptoms of the condition either.

Genetic Testing through Blood Work

There are more than one hundred diseases that can be tested for simply by analyzing blood samples. The six we routinely test for include:

 

  1. Cystic Fibrosis

  2. Spinal Muscular Atrophy

  3. Fragile X Syndrome

  4. Alpha-thalassemia

  5. Beta-thalassemia

  6. Sickle Cell Disease

If you are of Ashkenazi Jewish, African, Mediterranean or Southeast Asian descent, genetic testing doctors will counsel you about testing for any number of other disorders your baby may be at risk of inheriting.

Genetic Testing of Embryos | PGD and PGS

Genetic testing clinics like ours can often pinpoint missing or defective genes in addition to the traditional genetic carrier screening that aspiring parents undergo. Studies show about 25% of patients tested were carriers of one gene mutation or more.

Visit our genetic testing embryos page for information about testing embryos for genetic diseases through PGD, detecting chromosomal abnormalities  through PGS, and/or gender selection using either technology.

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