Genetic diseases run the gamut from relatively minor, like some forms of arthritis, to potentially disabling, such as spina bifida, to inevitably fatal, such as Tay Sachs. We offer a range of genetic testing options at our Texas facilities that can identify the causes of infertility. At the Center of Reproductive Medicine, we can test to assess whether an embryo is at risk of a genetic anomaly, and measure the likelihood that a developing baby might have a birth defect.


Genetic
Testing Options

Gone are the days of waiting until a pregnancy is well past the midway point to undergo genetic tests. Today, you can learn much about your body and a future pregnancy well before there's even an embryo. Genetic screening options include:



  • Testing you for potential genetic causes of infertility.
  • Testing you and your partner to assess whether either of you carries the gene for a serious disease, such as Tay Sachs.
  • Testing embryos for genetic anomalies prior to an in vitro fertilization (IVF) transfer. This can reduce the chance of miscarriage, in addition to ensuring you deliver a healthy baby.
  • Testing you for genetic risk factors for various diseases during pregnancy. This allows you to prepare for the possibility of having a child with birth defects. If the birth defects are serious enough, it can help you determine whether you want to continue with the pregnancy.

Reasons to Consider
Genetic Testing

A hundred years ago, no one even knew genes existed. Now we know that, in conjunction with our environment, they affect much of how we live, reproduce, and feel. Unlocking your genetic legacy provides you with vital information about your health and future.



Advantages of genetic testing include:
  • Targeted treatment for any fertility or other health issues you have. Doctors often uncover fertility abnormalities, but are unsure of what causes them. Genetic testing may help you pinpoint the cause, and can occasionally even help you select a targeted treatment based on your specific genetic heritage.
  • The ability to select the healthiest embryo before an IVF transfer. This saves you the heartbreak of failed IVF treatment cycles and early miscarriages.
  • The ability to prepare for a child's special needs.

Who Should Get Genetic Testing?

Almost everyone can benefit from genetic testing before or during pregnancy, since not everyone who has a genetic disorder -- or whose baby carries such a disorder -- displays clear risk factors. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have about genetic testing, but know that this is a viable and potentially beneficial option no matter how healthy you are.



The following are strong indications that you might benefit from genetic testing:
  • You or your partner are a member of an ethnic group that tends to carry a specific genetic mutation, such as Ashkenazi Jews.
  • There is a history of reproductive problems in your family, such as late-term miscarriage, infertility, birth defects, or problematic childbirths.
  • You or your partner has a genetic disorder, or there is a history of genetic disorders in your family; even if you have no symptoms, you could be a carrier.
  • You have unexplained infertility.
  • You have suffered from repeated miscarriages, and your doctor has been unable to pinpoint a cause.

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No two people are the same, and no two infertility cases are alike. Your fertility status is personal and unique to you. Schedule your assessment with one of our fertility specialists.
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