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May 14th, 2013, 07:28 AM
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DH and I are going for our pre-conception visit next Thursday the 23rd. We scheduled this appt. because of a few questions we had regarding my PCOS and I have two medications to wean off of before we start TTC in July.

My main issue is about genetic testing. My husband's co-worker just had a nephew born with a pretty devastating diagnosis that has made his co-worker decide to have genetic testing done prior to TTC. This motivated my husband and I to start looking into our family histories a little closer than we originally had and we have found a few things that could be potentially concerning. Nothing extremely dangerous or life threatening, but just potentially scary. I am nervous that when this is brought up with our doctor during the routine "family history" portion of the appt. it will raise questions about genetic testing. I just don't know how I feel about having it done. My husband thinks genetic testing is a great thing, where I feel like it gives you more to worry about during a pregnancy because of the potential "what ifs".

Did any of you have genetic testing done? If so, did it make you feel better or worse about TTC? Or if you went for a pre-conception visit prior to TTC and discussed family histories with your doc, did you discuss genetic testing with your doc?

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May 14th, 2013, 07:54 AM
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Hi, Emily. Genetic testing is not something that I had put a lof of thought into. No, my husband and I have not had the testing. Unless we were unable to get pregnant or unable to carry a child full term then I don't think we would do the testing.

Is the genetic testing that you talk about different than the "blood tests" they used to require before you got married?

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May 14th, 2013, 08:01 AM
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We did have a preconception appointment and we discussed both of our family histories - but our doctor never mentioned genetic testing on us. Your doctor may want a family history to help them decide the right prenatal tests for your baby, and what to look for during pregnancy.

The question of having genetic testing before or not is a tricky one. It is a really personal decision and depends so much on what your family history is. You just have to make the right choice for you and your family.

EDIT: I think this article describes it much better than I can:


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May 14th, 2013, 08:42 AM
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The fertility specialist that I see has done 2 test for genetic testing. Cystic Fibrosis which was negative and Fragile X Screening (waiting on the results) he's always thorough and likes to rule out everything.

And I agree with Elle it's a personal decision that you and DH should make. I dont have any family history of genetic issues but my insurance covered all the testing so I figured I'd rather be safe than sorry.
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May 14th, 2013, 10:13 AM
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I think if hubby and I had issues in family history, we would get it done.

But I think, in my case, it would be just something more to stress about while baby is baking for 9 months.

If it's not something I'm able to fix, I wouldn't want to know about it.

If you feel that it would make you more comfortable, by all means go for it. Everyone feels differently about these things.
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May 14th, 2013, 10:18 AM
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DH and I did not have any genetic testing done. I think it would have made me feel worse about TTC. I'm already a loose cannon as it is.
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May 14th, 2013, 11:48 AM
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Dh and I both have genetic disorders on both sides of the family. I have been tested for one of the two (the 2nd I won't have, there is no direct genetic link) and was negative (Tay Sachs).

It is a really personal decision. And a big one. If you do test positive for any concerning disorders, your options for ttc can become very limited. You move from normal to early genetic screening with possible termination on the table, or IVF with PGD (pre-genetic determination.. I think... but that's what they do, weed out imperfect embryos).
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May 14th, 2013, 12:47 PM
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I dont really have anything to add as the other ladies have given some pretty good advice.

Please let us know how the appointment goes . I hope yours and DH's questions are answered

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