Post # 1
We currently are not TTC but plan to in the near future. We both have some medical conditions in our immediate families that we are a little concerned about and one of our acquaintances mentioned genetic counseling in passing (though she is not specifically familiar with the details). I did a little Google research on this but wanted more information as to what to expect and where I can even find someone to do it. Has anyone does this or know someone who has that can give me some insight?
Post # 3
I just went to the GYN. She advised me to start using ovulation kits and told me about diet, and pre-natal vitamins. I have PCOS, so it will be difficult. Also answered possible fertility questions.
I took a blood test. About $1400.00. It tests HIV, rubella, cystic fibrosis, and a few other things. If you have any additional concerns (muscular dystrophy etc)they can add that genetic test. I paid $560 for the whole thing, my insurance covered the rest.
Consider buying “what to expect before you’re expecting”. It’s a great book and has tons of great answers to our silly girl questions. (-:
Luck to you both!
Post # 4
I’ll give my experience, but it was for Jewish genetic testing…there are certain diseases that have a higher frequency of carriers in the Jewish population, so it is super-common in the Jewish community. In my case, we went to a doctor at a center in a hospital that specializes in this type of screening. She asked us about our family history as well as anything else we knew about genetic history (in my case, I knew my mom and I were carriers for a particular disease). The discussion didn’t turn up anything specific, so they took blood and tested for their regular panel of Jewish diseases. We got results over the phone in about two weeks and by mail in about four. The paperwork from insurance indicated that the total cost for each of us was about $2000 based on their negotiated rates, but out of pocket I’ll be paying much less. If cost is important and time isn’t a huge factor, it might be worth getting screened one at a time – that way you may be able to avoid some of the tests and their associated costs for the second person.
Post # 5
I had genetic testing (chromosomal analysis) done after my 2nd miscarriage. The only problem with that is that it doesn’t actually test the genetic stuff, just makes sure that you don’t have balance translocated chromosomes or something. I’ve had some other genetic testing done as well as part of the repeat pregnancy loss panal – clotting, immune, etc. Because of the results of those few tests, I decided to purchase a more thorough genetic testing through http://www.23andme.com. I’m waiting on the results for myself and my husband now (they take 2-3 weeks and tomorrow is the 2 week mark, so a week or less to go!).