Post # 1
My FI and I are getting married in November, and we’re 30 (me) and 33 (him). We’ve decided, 98% sure, that we’re going to NTNP after the wedding (we’re dedicing between that and waiting until Jan 1st, 2014- both of us can’t decide). I mentioned this to my GYN at my last appt, and she suggested that I get genetic testing done before conception to rule out any carrier-related genetic disorders. My FI and I are both Caucasian, so apparently we are a bit more succeptible to CF and a couple other health issues that it’s good to be aware of. I met with the counselor today and it went well. I decided to go for the entire panel of genetic testing, meaning they will test for a lot of different things, some fatal to baby and some not but good to be aware of. If anything comes back positive, my FI will go and get the test for that specific issue. If we are both carriers, we will plan accordingly depending on the severity of the issue.
We’re both happy we got the testing done since we’re both planners and I’m in the medical field and on the “more information is better” bandwagon, but I got a little freaked out when I got the blood taken and signed on the line.
Have any of you had the genetic testing done? I know a few people with children, and it was not offered to them. Both my FI and I both have a pretty benign family medical history, so it’s not for any specific issues. I guess I’m surprised that it’s not offered more often to people who are planning to start families.
Just wondering your thoughts.
Post # 3
@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 # 4
Insurance will cover most if not all of it, and there is a maximum out of pocket cost of $100. That was my concern too. It actually was the same price to test for the “selected” issues that are more common for me and FI than to do the whole test, so I decided to go for the whole thing. I’m glad someone else did the work up, I was wondering if my doctor was just on a completely different planet than that of all my friends! They did say that sometimes people test positive for something they actually have (very mild cases of CF that show up in adulthood were her example) and it can affect life insurance if you don’t already have a policy, but it’s very rare for that to happen.
Post # 5
- 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
@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
@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
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 # 9
Thanks everyone! I’m glad to hear others got it done and felt good about their decision. I know my best friend had a little scare during pregnancy (needed further testing due to something showing up on the ultrasound) so she wished she had done it and it helped me make a decision.
Post # 10
$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 # 11
I was actually thrilled by the cost. I think the state I live in has good coverage requirements for insurance companies for TTC and all that goes along with it. I haven’t looked too much into it, but what I’ve heard is positive.
It was the question of is the fear of the unknown vs the fear of the known that freaked me out more. But I’m happy I went for it and I know it was the right decision for us. The fact FI was also really supportive of the decision and happy we were getting the testing helped convince me. I should get the results in 2-3 weeks, so I’ll be crossing fingers until then.
Post # 12
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
@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
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
@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
@crayfish: My DH is Jewish and I am Scandinavian. What made you decide to genetic test? Do you have any links you could share?