Questions to Ask About Genetic Screening and Testing

We reached out to our professional community that specializes in genetic screening and testing to answer some of the most frequently asked questions. Here’s what they had to share:

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Contributed by the ASRM Genetic Counseling Professional Group:
Jennifer Luque, MGC, CGC, Jill Fischer, MS, CGC, Jenna Miller, MS, CGC, and Lauren Isley, MS, CGC.

Genetic screening and testing is often recommended for couples who have had multiple failed IVF transfersreoccurring miscarriage and a known family history of genetic risks. It also enables couples who intend to use donated eggs, to make informed decisions about potential genetic risks prior to donor selection and pregnancy. Donor agencies can provide genetic counseling services so that the IVF doctor and the intended parents fully understand the implications of the genetic information they have.

Naturally, you have questions. Why are our fertility treatments not working? Why did I miscarry? Is there a risk of passing on a genetic condition if I become pregnant? Which of my embryos has the highest likelihood of a successful transfer and ongoing pregnancy? While all of these are vastly different questions, you may find answers from speaking with a certified genetic counselor and considering genetic testing. We reached out to our professional community that specializes in genetic testing to answer some of the most frequently asked questions. Here’s what they had to share: