(Closed) Pre Conception Genetic Carrier Screening

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We did the testing, even though we have no family history.  The test would have been $2300, but fortunately our insurance covered most of it and we only paid $10. 

Post # 3
5827 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

My Dr recommended it and we paid 375 out of pocket since our insurance wouldn’t cover it. I wasn’t set on doing it but my husband wanted to. I wish we had spent the money on harmony testing instead.

Post # 4
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

We did counsyl after we were pregnant and I honestly wish I had done it prior to conceiving. It was a stressful few weeks. It really did give us piece of mind in regards to generic conditions and we don’t need to do it again with any future pregnancies. We also chose to do the MaterniT21 test at the same time.

Insurance covered it, however, I had a high deductible so I ended up paying a few hundred (had almost met deductible at that point). 

When I did counsyl (May of this year) they had a cash pay option which I believe was $350. They charged more to my insurance, however, I decided to go that route and run it through insurance since I knew I was going to hit my deductible either way. 

It’s a personal choice but I’m glad I ended up taking the test. 

Post # 5
38 posts
  • Wedding: October 2015

Darling Husband and I talked about this, because he has a genetic connectice tissue disease (Ehlers-Danlos) that could be passed down. When we first started talking about having a baby, we wanted to know what the odds of our child having the disorder were. But, then I realized that I’d probably be stressing out the entire process of TTC about whether they would/wouldn’t get it. Even if our baby did inherit the disease, we wouldn’t love them any less! I decided I’d rather just wait until we’re pregnant to find out, and then go from there.

I can see how for some people it can be reassuring to know though. Depending on the condition, it could help you prep for the baby’s arrival and give you time to mentally and physically prepare. And even if genetic diseases don’t run in your families, you could both be carriers for a disease and never even know it without being tested for it.

Post # 6
423 posts
Helper bee

We did the testing with Dear Daughter2. The first time around it wasnt anything that was offered to me or that I ever considered. I was 22 and the internet was in its infancy. It just never occured to me that something could go “wrong”. I do however have a younger brother with special needs. In the 9 years between the 2 girls, I spoke with some members of my mother’s side who I have been estranged with since childhood. In doing so, I learned my mother, her sister, and a cousin from that side all gave birth to second children with the same kind of special needs. So I talked to my Dr about my concerns, and she suggested the testing. It wouldnt have changed anything at that point but I had suffered 2 losses prior to this pregnancy and just  didnt think I could handle any surprises. Luckily that test came back negative. But I did learn that I was carrier for Cystic. That was shocking bc theres not history anywhere in my family that we can trace. They wanted to do some invasive testing on the baby in the womb and I said no. Knowing wasnt worth the risk. One Dr tried his hardest to convince me to do the testing so I could “weigh my options”. I was 8 months pregnant at that point and said “Well the option is Im gonna have a baby with CF or I’m not” and quickly ran from that office. Luckily the baby did not have CF. Unfortunately though, insurance would only cover genetic testing for myself since my S/O and I are not legally married. I didnt really push to persue it bc there’s like a dozen kids on his side of the family including our first Dear Daughter and there’s never really been a history of anything. We learned about a year and half after she was born, Dear Daughter2 did infact have Thal Minor. Looking back though, Im glad I didnt know that beforehand. Google is a scary place and finally getting my rainbow baby was stressful enough worring about all the things that could go wrong. I dont think my body could have handled that stress. 

Post # 8
686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We did genetic testing before TTC because it was required by the RE we were seeing (my old gyn referred me due to my age and very light periods). If it hadn’t been required, I don’t think we would have thought to do it on our own. 

Post # 9
9820 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

No, we never did.  We didn’t have any family history of any diseases so it wasn’t recommended by my OB.

Post # 11
9555 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

This was never recommended to me. I personally would only do it if I knew there was a family history.

Post # 12
1192 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We did the Ashkenazi Jewish panel when I was pregnant since my husband is Jewish.  If I had been Jewish, then I would have done it pre-pregnancy.  I think you just have to go with your gut. 

Post # 13
8246 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Newy02 :  My RE strongly suggested it before we started fertility treatments. I was uncomfortable with the idea (IVF is enough playing God for me already) but my RE and Darling Husband basically ganged up and bullied me into it. Many genetic disorders tend to run within certain ethnicities and since Darling Husband and I are mixing up the gene pool (I’m Irish Catholic and he’s Ashkenazi Jewish) I was less concerned with us having the same recessive genes. Mine came back negative so Darling Husband didn’t get one. My doctor said he recommends it for all couples regardless of ethnic background or family history.

Post # 14
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I did it before TTC, only because it was 100% covered by my insurance. My doc offered it as soon as I told her we’d be TTC soon. Not sure if I would have done it if it wasn’t covered though because neither of us have a family history.

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