Before conceiving or going through in vitro fertilization (IVF), it is best to understand your genetics and child’s vulnerability to hereditary conditions. Fertility experts recommend genetic testing for you and your spouse for a better chance at a successful pregnancy and raising a healthy baby. Center for Reproductive Medicine offers comprehensive Celebration and Winter Park genetic testing through advanced equipment and treatment options.
Contact the Center for Reproductive Medicine to book an opening for on-site genetic testing for inherited conditions like fragile X syndrome, cystic fibrosis, and sickle cell anemia.
What Genetic Testing Reveals
Genetic testing isolates potential genetic factors that influence your overall health and pregnancy to manipulate elements that influence a baby’s physical and cognitive development.
Center for Reproductive Medicine offers varied genetic tests that can check for inherited genetic disorders like sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, fragile X syndrome, and Tay-Sachs disease.
Fragile X syndrome
The fragile X syndrome refers to a genetic disorder responsible for developmental issues like behavioral development, learning disabilities, and mental retardation.
Tay-Sachs disease refers to a rare inherited condition that gradually destroys nerve cells in the spinal cord and brain. Among infants, the condition can limit motor skills like sitting up, crawling, and the untimely death of an infected child in early childhood.
Sickle cell anemia
Sickle cell anemia refers to a group of genetic conditions affecting hemoglobin to limit your red blood cell’s ability to transport oxygen. Distorting your red blood cells into a crescent shape may be the source of incessant pain and repeated infections limiting your life’s quality.
Cystic fibrosis affects mucus glands to cause chronic digestive concerns and progressive damage in your respiratory system. Most cases of cystic fibrosis are genetically inherited.
When Would a Patient Need Genetic Testing?
Genetic testing is essential for pinpointing possible challenges to your general health and that of your offspring. Genetic testing is highly recommended if you experience symptoms that are related to underlying genetic changes. You may also visit a certified practice when pregnant to address specific concerns about hereditary genetic disorders.
The Center for Reproductive Medicine performs in-office genetic testing as part of the multi-faceted treatment approach for infertility. For IVF, your specialist recommends genetic testing to check for genetic irregularities before the embryo implantation.
Your provider determines appropriate genetic tests based on your purpose for screening and medical history. Each genetic testing appointment is designed to meet your needs about individual differences and family history.
What to Expect During Genetic Testing?
Your expectations should vary based on your genetic testing best for your needs. If you need to avail a blood sample for testing, the Center for Reproductive Medicine performs on-site blood draws for immediate assistance. Your doctor conducts a simple procedure for alternative tests using a cheek swab to collect live cells from inside your mouth.
Pregnant women may qualify for amniocentesis. The procedure involves injecting a hollow needle into the uterus and abdomen to collect a sample of amniotic fluid.
After your screening, your fertility specialist at the Center for Reproductive Medicine transfers the samples to a medical lab for conclusive evaluation. Your fertility experts go through your test results on your follow-up appointment to determine the most viable approach going forth.
Your fertility expert considers the reason for your genetic testing, medical history, and genetics. Contact the Center for Reproductive Medicine to book an appointment for non-invasive genetic testing and timely results.