Before undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF), you and your partner can undergo genetic testing to ensure a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby. At the Center for Reproductive Medicine in Winter Park and Celebration, Florida, the experienced fertility specialists offer on-site genetic testing for a variety of inherited disorders, including cystic fibrosis, fragile X syndrome, and sickle cell anemia. Learn more about the benefits of genetic testing by calling the Center for Reproductive Medicine office nearest you or by booking an appointment online today.
Genetic testing is available at the Center for Reproductive Medicine to identify potential genetic factors that may influence your health or your pregnancy, or put your baby’s health at risk for physical or cognitive disabilities.
Several types of tests are available in the office to check for a wide variety of inherited genetic disorders including, but not limited to:
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disorder that affects the mucus glands. This condition can lead to chronic digestive issues and progressive damage in the respiratory system.
Sickle cell anemia is a group of genetic disorders that affects hemoglobin, a molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. This condition can distort the red blood cells into a crescent shape and may lead to repeated infections and persistent pain.
Tay-Sachs disease is a rare inherited disorder where nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are progressively destroyed. The disease causes an infant to lose motor skills, like crawling and sitting up, and ultimately can lead to premature death in early childhood.
Fragile X syndrome is a genetic disorder that can cause a wide range of developmental issues, including learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and mental retardation.
You might need genetic testing if you have symptoms of a disease that results from underlying genetic changes. You might also benefit from genetic testing if you’re pregnant and have concerns about passing certain genetic disorders to your child.
The team at the Center for Reproductive Medicine offers in-office genetic testing as part of their treatment plan for infertility. If you’re having IVF, they may recommend you have genetic testing to screen for genetic abnormalities before implantation of an embryo.
Your provider can determine which genetic tests are appropriate for you based on your specific medical history and the purpose of the screening.
Depending on the type of genetic testing you undergo, you might need to provide a blood sample for testing. The Center for Reproductive Medicine staff offers on-site blood draws for your convenience.
Some tests just require a cheek swab, a simple procedure to collect cells from inside your mouth.
If you’re already pregnant, genetic screening is available through amniocentesis. This procedure involves inserting a hollow needle into your abdomen and uterus to collect a sample of amniotic fluid.
Following your screening, your fertility specialist sends the samples to a medical lab for evaluation. They discuss the results of each test with you during a follow-up appointment and then determine how to move forward.
To find out more about the benefits of genetic testing, call the Center for Reproductive Medicine office nearest you or book an appointment online today.