Post # 1
My husband has Jewish heritage and his mother just told us yesterday that she is a carrier of Tay-Sachs. His father was not, but he still has a 50% chance of carrying the recessive gene. We’re unaware of anyone in my family carrying the gene for this genetic disorder, but I still want both of us to get tested just to see.
I was just curious to see if anyone has seen a genetic counselor to be tested for anything similar. We’re not planning to have children for the next several years, but I would still like to have that reassurance that we’re both not carriers of the gene. Would it be odd to get tested now if we’re not trying to get pregnant?
Post # 3
I don’t think it would be odd. Actually, I like the idea. That way if there is some risk you have plenty of time to get used to the idea and the what ifs.
I’ve never been tested for any genetic diseases that I might pass on. For the most part our families are pretty healthy.
Post # 4
I think it’s a really good idea to get tested now so you’re prepared for the possibility. You said your hubby is Jewish, but are you? For a child to have Tay-Sachs both parents have to be carriers. So if you’re not of eastern european jewish decent, you have nothing to worry about.
Post # 5
At least one of you should be tested, and I would do it immediately. I learned through volunteering with Planned Parenthood that almost 40%, about 80 million, pregnancies are unplanned ever year. So really, you never know when it might happen and it’s best to be prepared.
Also, Tay=Sachs disease occurs as frequently in French Canadian, and Cajun populations as it does in eastern European Jewish populations. Anyway, simply having the test done is the fastest, easiest way to know if Tay-Sachs is something you need to worry about, and then you can put it out of your mind. But please, please, please, one of you get tested, this is just one of those things you need to know.
Post # 6
Agree with the great advice from previous posters– get tested now so that you know for sure. Also, consider doing some research on where you want to get tested. Academic hospitals typically have a lot of education and support resources; I’m not even sure if you can do it at a smaller hospital, but it’s worth at least checking out websites and making a few calls.
It’s not at all odd that you’d want to get tested; especially with a family history you should not encounter any pushback from healthcare providers. Good luck; I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you two.
Post # 7
I could understand wanting to get tested for your own peace of mind, even though kids are still a few years off. But my question is, what are you going to do with the information? I would definitely talk with your husband about how this knowledge will impact how you approach having children. Good luck and I hope you get good news.