Carrier screening provides you and your doctor with information about your reproductive risks before or during pregnancy. Most babies are born healthy, but you are less likely to have a baby with a serious genetic disorder in each pregnancy. Carrier screening helps determine what those opportunities are for you.
What is a carrier?
Everyone has two copies of every gene, one inherited from the mother and one from the father. Being a carrier means that there is a change called a mutation that causes one copy of the gene to stop working properly. Carriers still have one working copy of the gene, so there are no health problems usually associated with carrying the mutation. Thus, many people may be unknowingly carriers of disease-causing mutations. But being a carrier means your baby is more likely to be born with a genetic disorder.
Can I be a carrier?
Anyone can be a carrier of a genetic disease, even if no one in the family has it. Because carriers do not have symptoms, most people do not know they are carriers until they are screened. Your chances of becoming a carrier depend on your racial background and family history. However, some diseases are fairly common regardless of these factors.
Who should consider dream fertility screening
Carrier screening performed before conception gives you a wider range of options that fit your values and gives you more time to make an informed decision. Dream Fertility is suitable for individuals or couples who are planning a pregnancy or who are in the early stages of pregnancy, or individuals or couples who have experienced:
- Genetics No family history.
- Known family history of genetic disorders.
- high relationship.
- Minorities with high incidence of genetic disease.
How to get tested
1. Genetic counselling before test
2. The doctor draws blood and sends the sample
3. When the sample arrives at the laboratory, DNA is extracted and analysed
4. The doctor makes a test report and sends it to you.
Dreams Fertility Testing Options
We offer the most comprehensive genetic screening tests with ≥99% coverage for over 200 genes, giving couples and clinicians ultimate confidence in their test results.
Testing for Gene
In 2017, the American Society of Genetics recommended that all couples planning a baby or in the early stages of pregnancy be tested for the “Big 3” including cystic fibrosis, thalassemia, and spinal myelopathy. issued a recommendation to offer Carrier screening. Atrophy type 1. This is often called “restricted carrier screening”. Carrier screening for the “Big Three” is not funded by Medicare and is therefore very expensive.
It is also possible to test about 400 other genetic diseases that are inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. This is called a career review and there is a fee. As couples expand carrier screening, we find that about 1-7% of couples are carriers of the same disease-causing gene.
If genetic screening reveals that both couples carry the same disease-causing gene, the couple undergoes IVF and preimplantation genetic screening of the embryo to determine if the baby is the disease-causing gene. You can be sure that you don’t inherit two copies of the gene.
Expanding carrier screening shows that 93-99% of couples do not share the same disease-causing gene and do not change selection or management.
It is an individual choice whether a couple will not be screened for an autosomal recessive disorder or wish to have limited or long-term carrier screening.
Your first appointment with your fertility specialist
At your first appointment with our Dream Fertility’s specialists, we will need you to provide the following information:
- Medical history and both partners’ surgery medical history
- Current medications
- Previous infertility treatments or treatments may have affected both partners’ fertility
- If you have Copies of previous tests performed, please bring them to your consultation
- Write the question you want answered.
- Remember to allow plenty of time before your appointment in case of delays related to traffic, parking, or finding your fertility specialist’s location.
Take the First step towards Genetic insights with a Genetic Counselling with our Experts
Our expert team of proficient genetic counsellors are highly skilled to engage with you empathically, aiming to provide unbiased, ethical, and accurate information in a simple and precise manner.
Genetic counsellors deep dive with you to understand your queries and provide in-depth answers to your complete satisfaction. Post which, a detailed genetic counselling summary is shared with you.
Carrier screening test helps identify DBT gene mutations
Subsequent prenatal screening for the mutation has prevented the birth of another child with a similar disorder.
About Dream Fertility
Dream Fertility offers non-invasive prenatal screening (NIPT), Carrier Testing, Preimplantation Genetic Screening/Diagnosis (PGS/ PGD) and Conception Test Products.
In addition, Dream Fertility offers pre- and post-test genetic counselling to all our patients.