Genetic screening

When it comes to planning a child there are many considerations prospective parents need to navigate, making the decision to have a child for some, is a challenging one.

The consequences of having a child with a genetic condition is one of the many considerations facing parents.

In 2018, RANZCOG (Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) made the following recommendation “Information on Carrier Screening for the more common genetic conditions (e.g cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, fragile X syndrome) should be offered to all women planning a pregnancy or in their first trimester.”

Genetic screening of couples can identify those at risk of having a child with a recessive disorder.

Carrier screening differs from trisomy screening. Why?

  • Can be done before conception …
  • Need only be done once for a couple …
  • Carrier screening is now “mainstream” …
  • Carrier screening should be offered despite there being no family history of disease.

Reproductive carrier screening provides information about your chance of having a child with a serious genetic condition.

This test is becoming an essential part of pregnancy planning, and allows you to make informed decisions about your reproductive options and prenatal care.

We see our mission in providing adequate information to the individuals or couples to make informed decisions regarding preconception genetic carrier testing and in facilitating the process for those who are interested. We aim to address all new individuals and couples presenting to Fertility SA.,” Dr Vicki Nisenblat said.

If you haven’t been successful in conceiving naturally, or you would simply like to find out about your fertility health before you start trying to conceive, call Fertility SA on 8100 2900 to make an appointment with a specialist doctor.


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