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Pre-pregnancy Carrier Screening

Planning a family is an exciting stage of life

There are steps you can take to increase the chance of having a healthy family

We all have genes, 20,000 human genes to be accurate. Amongst these, we all carry some bad genes but because we have two copies of every gene, most of the time the good copy of the gene overcomes the effects of the bad copy. It’s only when you and your partner carry the same bad genes that your child is at risk of inheriting two bad copies and having health problems.

In Australia, 80% of babies born with a significant genetic condition had no family history of the condition – the parents did not know they were at a high chance of having a child with a significant condition that would affect the health and development of their children.

It may be a surprise for many to learn that being a carrier of these genes is quite common. It’s estimated that one in 20 Australians are carriers for either cystic fibrosis (CF), SMA or fragile X syndrome (FXS).
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Genetic testing is safe, reliable and can be done on a cheek swab at the comfort of your own home – no needles – no visits to a clinic.

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What happens if either me or my partner are found to be a carrier?

Being found to be a carrier of a genetic condition, in most cases, will not impact your health in any significant way. We all have 5 to 10 mutation and it is normal to come back as a carrier of one or two conditions on genetic carrier screening when looking at hundreds of genes. It is assumed you inherited this change from a parent, and there is a 1 in 2 chance you will pass on this carrier status to your offspring, carriers of these conditions often have no family history of the condition - it is just a family variant that has been passed on from one generation to the next. This information can be very important when it comes to starting a family. If you and your partner both happen to be a carrier of a variant in the same gene then there is a 1 in 4 chance of having a child affected by this condition. Our experience shows that 3-5% of couples after carrier screening will have a result that shows an increased risk of having a child with a condition that can have an impact of the health and development of your child.

What happens if either me or my partner are found to be a carrier?

This information while can seem worrying is actually very useful in giving you choice. Our experienced team of genetic health professionals can talk to you about ways to ensure your child will not be affected by this condition or help you and your managing team come up with a plan and early medical management of your child that can have a huge impact on the severity of this condition in your child.

This is why couple screening is the focus of our test here at Virtus Genetics. 
Our will report conditions where the couple have been identified to have a 
variant in the same gene.

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