(Closed) Genetic Testing before TTC?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
Post # 17
9538 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i took the counsyl test when i start IF treatment.  it was $99.  if it came back for anything, DH would get tested to see if he was also a carrier.

i knew neither my parents or his parents were carriers for taysachs, the only thing we would be concerned about.

when we started IVF for #1, we declined addtional, more invasive genetic testing.

we recently had an FET consult for #2, again we declined any genetic testing.


unless you are concerned about something, i would say skip it.

Post # 18
28 posts
  • Wedding: July 2016

I got it done after my preconception appointment with my Ob/gyn because she said that they usually do the genetic screenings once you’re pregnant anyways–it also helped put my mind at ease as I’m SUPER type-a and it stresses me out to not be able to really plan every piece of TTC.

Post # 19
369 posts
Helper bee

I have CF so my Fiance and I wil DEFINITELY be doing genetic testing when the time comes.

Post # 20
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We did the Jewish panel when I was pregnant the first time.  We are struggling to TTC #2 so our RE recommended testing.  It was $95 each and a huge relief for us.  I’d recommend it,  at least for x-linked things or more common things like CF.


We  were tested for 300 ish things and my husband had 2 and i had 1, but its fine because we don’t have the same one.

Post # 21
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Neither of us had a family history, but I did get the screening test prior to TTC because my insurance covered it completely. We probably would have still gotten it if it was reasonably priced and my insurance did not cover it, just because we like to have all the information.

Post # 22
9541 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I did carrier testing through Counsyl prior to TTC. it was covered by insurance and I’m glad I did it.

Had it been positive for a serious recessive condition, my husband would have been tested and we would have likely chosen adoption of PGD through IVF.

Since these are mostly recessive disorders, most of the kids born with these conditions actually don’t have a family history, so the fact that I don’t have anything running in my family didn’t really mean much, for me, in regards to this testing.

Plus, we’re both white, so we have an increased risk to be cystic fibrosis carriers. And the risks for spinal muscular atrophy and Fragile X are also pretty high for all ethnic groups.

Post # 23
7761 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

It never occurred to me, and it wasn’t offered when I was TTC. However, if I were offered now, I would likely take advantage. As a PP said, it isn’t that I would expect anything (we have no family histories), but more information is almost always better. If I found out we WERE carriers for something we would not want to pass on, we could then take action to prevent it. If it is low cost or covered by insurance, why not?

Post # 24
275 posts
Helper bee

We are planning on getting the genetic screening. Hubby knows the issues on his side, but I have no idea what is on my maternal side. We would reconsider biological children depending on the results. 

Post # 25
2521 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We didn’t do this.  We don’t know of any history of any inherited disease on either side of the family, and felt that it would just add more stress to the situation, as we really wanted to try for kids.  

Post # 26
9389 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I have friends who did it…

I guess my question is: how would the results change your behavior?

If the answer is not at all, then there’s no real point getting them.  Get genetic testing once you’re pregnant and that’s all…  If you think it might make you want to get the more extensive genetic testing once pregnant or not try to get pregnant at all, then it’s worth it.


Post # 28
370 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

i think its very responsible but only if you will use the information in choosing TTC or not , if youre going to ignore the results (assuming there were negative ones) then its pointless imo.

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