(Closed) Genetic testing prior to TTC

posted 8 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

fi was tested for tay-sachs at the doctor’s office – it’s just a blood test. insurance covered it completely.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ditto what kitzy said, my OB did a panel of 9 tests that were completely covered by insurance.  Now that I am actually pregnant she has thrown out a few other tests for us to think about.  We’ve decided to do every blood test our insurance will cover – knowledge is power, right?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I had the CF carrier test done at my RE appointment. (Reproductive Endocrinologist) If it came back I was a carrier then they would have tested Darling Husband but I didn’t. My insurance covered it and they said most do.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

Insurance wouldn’t cover it for me until after I was pregnant. My OB offered it, but we chose to wait until insurance would cover.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We didn’t have any genetic testing done because it wasn’t covered by our insurance. Our son was born with Cystic fibrosis and, in hindsight, I am so glad that I didn’t know. We probably would have chosen not to conceive naturally to selectively implant healthy embryos. Thank god it didn’t work out that way bc our son is the most amazing thing I ever could have asked for. 

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I actually wrote a whole post on this…our insurance does cover genetic testing prior to pregnancy, but even if it hadn’t, I would have had it done anyway–no way I would want to wait til I was pregnant to potentially find out that the child could have Tay Sachs or something else. I was tested for Tay Sachs, spina bifida (or some other spinal thing), hyperinsulinism, Fragile X, and I think a few other things. I”m Jewish, which is the only reason I even thought to get tested (due to Tay Sachs). I did end up being a carrier, so Darling Husband got tested. THANK GOODNESS he is NOT a carrier 🙂 So that’s a huge relief! We both did the blood work at my OB/GYN office. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Me and Darling Husband have discussed it, because I have a family member with CF – so chances are that I am a carrier. We have decided to not have any genetic testing done, after discussing what the options would be if we were both carriers, and we knew it. We are not open to not having children, and the idea of selective implantation seems excessive given that even if we are both carriers, there is only a 25% chance of affected children. We will have babies, and we will love them no matter what, so the testing doesn’t have a benefit to us.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

We did not have any genetic testing done prior to pregnancy. Our insurance does not cover ANY maternity, bloodwork, doctors appointments etc. and i am positive they would not cover genetic testing. If myself (family history etc) or my doctor felt it was necessary we may have but it was not suggested by our GP.

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We did genetic counseling and decided that we didn’t need to do the testing.  Our genetic backgrounds were different enough that it made the likelihood that we were carriers of the same thing highly unlikely.  I was reassured by the counseling though.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@hilsy85:

YAY! I am SO happy to hear this! I have been wondering what the results of your husband’s test are. 🙂

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Gerbera: Aw thank you!! Yes, we were VERY happy to get the results! 🙂 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I just posted this question on another post but it belongs here instead. So I’m wondering what happens if say you find out that you’re both carriers of a genetic disorder? It doesn’t mean your child will definitely have that disorder, right? Is there any way in utero to find out if the baby does or doesn’t? And what is selective implantation.. I’m guessing like IVF of only the embryos that don’t have the genetic disorder?

I never really thought about all of this stuff before but I had my preconception visit and my MD was going to do all this testing but held off because my insurance won’t pay til I’m actually pregnant. Now I’m wondering what good it would be to know/ what I’d do with the info…

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

As far as I know IF both you and your husband are carriers of a certain genetic it increases the chances of your baby having that disease significantly (25% per first article). As oppose to if just one of you did your baby will not get it.

Check out this article for more information.

Is there a reason why you are concerned? Is there family history or are you of a ethnicity predisposed to certain genetic diseases?

I think if either of those apply to you your insurance probably will cover it. If you are you should call your insurance directly and try to get them to pay for it.

I’m Asian and my brother is a carrier of thalassemia so I asked for blood work during my preconception visits.

http://www.americanpregnancy.org/gettingpregnant/geneticcounseling.html

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@monalisa670: We had discussed CF on the oher post. You can be made aware of the illness early on in the pregnancy. I’m not sure about the IVF question.

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