Genetic Testing Before TTC

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@SEA2013:  Did your insurance cover it since you weren’t yet pregnant? That would be my only concern.  It can be quite cost prohibitive if insurance doesn’t cover it.  I had genetic testing done for the CF and the whole Jewish panel after I got pregnant.  It really wasn’t all that necessary since DH isn’t Jewish, but I guess it can’t hurt to know.  The test itself was $5000.  I Had to pay about $650 out of pocket with insurance because I have a high deductible plan.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

We weren’t planning to since neither of us has a concerning medical history but now I will definitely ask my OB/GYN when I see him next (we’re not TTC for another year or two so we have time to get it done.)

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@SEA2013:  I wish I would have gotten it done.  I have Down Syndrome in my family, and I have no idea if I am a carrier or not.  I planned on having testing done before I got pregnant, but just procrastinated way too much.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@SEA2013:  It actually was offered to me when I told my OB that we were planning to TTC more than a year ago, but DH and I never went for it, however, since now we are undergoing fertility treatement, it was actually mandatory and we had to get it done before any treatment started.  I wasnt worried, even though i have a lot of medical history to be concerned of.  My results were great.  Nothing to worry about.  GL and FX 🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

We got it done because we are both Jewish and there is a series of genetic disorders that run in our religion. I was tested for 15 conditions and came back a carrier for 1. DH was tested for that 1, and he was not a carrier, so we’re in the clear.

I’m glad we did it. I, personally, want as much information as possible before we bring our little one into the world.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

$100 is nothing! We’re going to do it b/c DH is Jewish and I am scandinavian by heritage. CF and a couple other things are a concern because of that.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We had the CF done when our RE suggested it. I was told it was aprx. $100 – haha.. was she wrong. The test itself was $1900, I’ll pay $300 out of pocket. If I ‘d known it would cost that much we would’ve thought twice. But, it is nice having the piece of mind knowing.

FX your results come back perfect!

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@onyx81:  I didn’t know it was possible to be a carrier for Down Syndrome.  Do you know the mutation that they look for in carriers?

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

A college’s friend’s girlfriend is a genetic counselor and she was advocating for me to get it done before we tried to have kids.  Mostly she said it was piece of mind, because if you do have an issue in pregnancy you have to wait for the tests to come back and you stress out.  Since we’re already married, etc., it wouldn’t stop us from trying to have kids.  (If we both were say, Tay Sachs carriers I suppose it’d mean we’d try to get pregnant via IVF or have them test immediately after pregnancy.)

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@AB Bride:  I don’t…. It is a very rare mutation.  Being a “carrier” isn’t really the right wording for it, but it is a mutation.  That type of Down Syndrome is not trisomy 21, and only 4% of cases of Down Syndrome are caused by it.  It runs in my family, and my cousins have been tested for it, but I was a slacker.

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@crayfish:  My DH is Jewish and I am Scandinavian.  What made you decide to genetic test?  Do you have any links you could share?

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