Genetic Carrier Testing

I had blood work drawn today for genetic carrier testing.  It’s an option they offer before you begin the IVF process just to see if you’re at risk for any known diseases or conditions. It’s not something I’d normally do, or even do if we were to just get pregnant normally, but knowing this information can help make sure the IVF process is smoother and more effective.

We went through our clinic who uses Good Start Genetics and did the full panel. Everyone has two copies of each gene, one from mom, one from dad. Being a carrier means that one copy of a gene has a change, or mutation, which causes it to not work properly. Carriers still have one working copy of the gene, so typically, they do not have any health problems associated with it. You can be a carrier of a disease-causing mutation and not even know it.

The screening is done through a blood test and they just drew one tube of blood from me (thank goodness!). I think it takes about two weeks to get the results.

If I test positive for anything (except Fragile X – if a woman is a carrier of that there is a 50% chance of your child being at risk for it), Jordan will get tested to see if he is also a carrier. If he is, there is a 1 in 4 chance our child could be at risk. It’s pretty unlikely we’ll both be carriers, but you never know. At that point, you can choose to have your embryos tested if you want.

I understand this is all very ethical; I get that people will form their own opinions. But just remember, before you say “I would never” remember you probably haven’t walked in that person’s shoes. {Okay, off my soapbox for now!}

That’s all the update I have for now, but we meet with our IVF nurse on Thursday and will update you after that appointment. We will find out more about our schedule, medicine, etc.

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