Virtus Genetics
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Clinical Genetics Service

Helping you make the best decision

If you’ve had a previous pregnancy affected by a chromosomal or genetic variation, or you know you have a family history of a certain health condition, it’s important to discuss this with your fertility specialist at your first appointment.  Our Genetics team plays an important role in assessing any genetic risks, and helping you understand test results and implications.

In some cases we are able to provide reassurance through counselling and testing, in others we can look at possible treatment options such as PGT (Pre-implantation Genetic Testing) as part of IVF treatment, or the use of donor gametes.

Your genetic counsellor will: 

  • Identify potential genetic health risks
  • Provide information about those conditions and inheritance patterns
  • Discuss genetic testing options
  • Help you understand any results
  • Provide both logistical and emotional support during your decisions and treatment
  • Liaise with your other healthcare providers to ensure your genetic information is considered beyond fertility treatment

The Virtus Genetics team includes Clinical Geneticist, Genetic Counsellors and our dedicated Pathology team. They see many of our patients through a difficult journey, and hope to make a difference to their experience – ultimately resulting in the safe arrival of a beautiful healthy baby.

Why have genetic screening before pregnancy?

Genetic testing is becoming a routine test for couples, before starting their family. It is safe and reliable and can be done on a cheek swab in the comfort of your home – no needles and no visits to a clinic. It plays a vital role in identifying potential risks for you, your partner and/or baby due to inherited gene variations*, such as cystic fibrosis, hemophilia and sickle cell disease, just to name a few. It may be a surprise for many to learn that being a carrier of these genes is actually quite common. It’s estimated that one in 20 Australians are a carrier for cystic fibrosis (CF), SMA and fragile X syndrome (FXS).

We are all carriers of different genes, good and bad, but it’s only when two of the same genes come together, the chance of passing that genetic variation down to your unborn child, is substantially increased.

*Inherited gene variations refer to encoded DNA that is passed from a parent to their offspring during reproduction and is considered the blueprint for your body.

Find out more about Genetic Carrier Screening and frequently asked questions in the video below