Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis-Baby's Beginning

My experiences of concieving our first child using preimplantation genetic diagnosis

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The New Universal Genetic Test - Take it!

I am so happy they have finally come out with this! At last, there's one test you can take that will test for over 100 different genetic disorders, from the common like cystic fibrosis, to ones I've never heard of, like "Maple Syrup Urine Disease Type 1B". In the very near future, this will undoubtedly become the new standard test for all couples planning to conceive. And there's more good news - it just needs saliva, it's prick-free! And more - it's covered by most insurance! If by chance your insurance doesn't cover it, it's still only $350, which is not bad at all considering how many things it tests for, and obviously the potential life-saving info it gives. They also offer financial aid to families at high risk for disorders.

On their website, Counsyl, the company who does the test, says that most people are carrying about 4 or 5 of the dangerous disorders that they test for. It takes two copies of most of those genes, one from the mother and one from the father, in order for the baby to get the disorder. Most of the time, babies get lucky and Mom and Dad won't be carrying the same disorders. But most of you reading this realize that "most of the time" isn't good enough when it comes to your baby's life. So even if you've already identified one disorder you're at risk for passing on, cover your bases and make sure that's all you have to worry about!

I really recommend that everyone take this test. You don't even have to go into the doctor's office - you can order the test online, they will bill your insurance for you, and you just spit in the tube and send it back. I wish everything to do with conception were so easy!

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