(Closed) How necessary is NT screening?

posted 7 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I had it done, even thought I am 28 with no risk factors. I just need every bit of re-assurance I can get that all is okay with this pregnancy. I am in Canada, and mine was completely covered though.

Edited to add: It all depends on your comfort level. I am an NICU nurse, and knew if I didn’t have it done, the possibilities of Trisomy 21/13/18 would keep me up at night. At least with the results I know my risk factors are so low, it eases my worry. I know many people who don’t worry like I do though.

Post # 4
2871 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am having it done. I just need to know, ya know?. It also helps that my insurance is covering it at 80%.


Post # 5
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Insurance would have covered it for me but I opted out. My OB mentioned the screening as an option, but never pushed the issue given mine and DH’s backgrounds/heath. Instead, we’ll just be doing the blood screens later this week. That’s enough to give Darling Husband and I peace of mind.

I think it all depends on your comfort level, but if your Dr hasn’t pushed the issue I wouldn’t be concerned about opting out.

Post # 6
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I would think it would depend on your comfortability knowing/not knowing if your fetus has a genetic defect. I would want to know so I could decide whether or not to terminate, but if you have considered it and decided that you wouldn’t no matter what, then I suppose it doesn’t really matter as much.

Post # 7
959 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

My doctor would not tell me whether she recommended it or not, she said it’s a personal decision that is about to how much information you want or don’t want. My insurance did not cover it (and I have Blue Cross). I did not have any risk factors, am under 30, so ultimately we decided to skip it. We saw a different doctor later in the pregnancy (just because my doc wasn’t there that day) who said “most women do either the NT test or the quad screen” and kind of pressured us into it, so we did the quad screen. When I told my doctor that, she seemed annoyed, and said that some doctors prefer people to have more information, but she likes it to be entirely up to you and feels it’s a very personal decision.

Post # 8
1189 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We opted out of all testing and my OB never batted an eye. We’re both under 30 with no risk factors and we decided that we were going to have our baby no matter what, so needing to know something might be wrong early enough to terminate was not an issue for us. She looked perfect at her 20 week u/s and that was good enough for me 🙂

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