Why would I need reproductive carrier screening?
How do I know if I am at increased risk of passing on a genetic disorder?
You may be at increased risk of passing on a genetic disorder if:
- You have a genetic disorder
- You have a child who has a genetic disorder
- You have a family history of a genetic disorder
- You are part of an ethnic group that is at a higher risk for certain genetic disorders.
What does the Reproductive Carrier Test show?
Carrier screening tests show if you carry a gene for an inherited birth disorder and they can be done before or during pregnancy.
What are some inherited disorders?
Some inherited disorders are more common among certain races and ethnic groups. The most common inherited disorders are:
- Sickle Cell Disease – African Americans
- Cystic Fibrosis – non-Hispanic white
- Tay-Sachs Disease – Ashkenazi Jewish, Cajun and French Canadian
What if the Reproductive Carrier Test shows that I am a carrier?
Your next step would be to have a diagnostic test to see if a specific birth defect is present. You will need to talk to your OB/GYN about all testing options to decide what is best for you.
Are there advantages to having testing done?
Finding out if your baby has a particular disorder allows you to make the appropriate plans for medical care for your baby.
Are these tests required?
You are not required to have Reproductive Carrier Disorder testing or any screening tests performed.
Before making any decisions it is best to talk to your OB/GYN and decide together the best option for pursuing Reproductive Carrier Testing.