Did you get a genetic carrier screening before TTC?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 17
1463 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Yes, it was required when we were getting infertility testing done. Also genetic counseling to go over the results, even though we tested negative for everything. If your insurance covers the testing, I’d just get it for peace of mind. It can be helpful in showing any genetic diseases that may affect fertility or increase your risk of miscarriage, or chromosomal stuff like Fragile X syndrome.

Post # 18
174 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

No. I think for most people, it’s not covered by insurance. (That’s the impression I’ve gotten online and from my doctor; I could be wrong!) And it’s expensive. 

The genetics counselor I met with re: our NIPT only suggested doing it if we KNEW that one of us was a carrier. The chance of both of us being a carrier for the highest risk ones was still really low, so we didn’t do it.

Post # 19
9159 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

when i started infertility testing the RE recommended the counsyl test.  it was $99. so i did it but i wasn’t worried about anything.

when i got pregnant with #2 with an FET, my ob sent me for genetic testing.  even though i am AMA, my embryos weren’t.  the genetic couselor was suprised but we figured since we were there we might as well do the test, it was the cell free dna test followed by an ultrasound.  it was a bit more comprehensive than the NTscan. 

Post # 20
1277 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Yes. My Fiance is a carrier to a recessive genetic diesease.

So if I was a carrier our child would have a 1/4 chance of having it and Fiance said he would not take that chance and have any children with me.

Whether or not we have any biological children is a big deal in our future so I paid several hundred and got the test done!

Post # 21
2636 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I had carrier screening for cystic fibrosis, fragile x syndrome and spinal muscular atrophy because I have relatives with cystic fibrosis (not closely related, but still). The particular screening offered where I live looked at all three, otherwise I would not have bothered with the other two. We had to pay out of pocket for the test, but we felt it was worth knowing. We also only had me tested – both parents have to be carriers of cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy, whilst only the mother has to be a carrier of fragile x. I got given the all clear on all three, so we left it at that.

If neither of us had had a family history of any health conditions, we wouldn’t have gotten any screening done.

Post # 22
1597 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

No, because neither of us have a family history of any conditions you can screen for. When I do eventually get pregnant I’ll have all the first trimester screening done.

Post # 23
247 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

My husband and I both did the Counsyl test. It was completely covered by our insurance and I like to have as much information as possible, so it made sense for us. Everything ended up being fine, so it’s great for peace of mind.

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