We want to be parents, but before that, we would like to know
if our child is at risk of inheriting a rare disease.
GENES2LIFEWhen a new phase in their lives begins, and a couple consider starting their own family, they often focus on factors they believe to be critical for creating their own family. This could be issues such as the couple's health, baby care, and finances.
For a pregnancy to happen, a sperm must unite with an egg. This results in a fertilized egg in which one half of the genes comes from the father, and the other half comes from the mother. The fertilized egg attaches itself to the woman's uterus, and after 2-3 weeks, the couple receive the happy news that they are expecting a child. The couple want nothing more than a healthy baby in this moment.
At this point, however, it has already been determined which physical and genetic characteristics the baby will inherit; and the child will inherit not only the father's blue eyes and the mother's curly hair, it may also inherit one or more diseases. Some diseases can be treated medically, while others are rare diseases with no treatments.
and ready to start a new family?
GENES2LIFEGenes2Life is a genetic test used prior to pregnancy to investigate whether there is a risk of having a child with an inherited genetic disease. Hereditary diseases are inherited through genetic material from one generation to another. In some cases, conditions can skip one generation and be inherited in the next - they are inherited as recessive conditions. Recessive inheritance means that a person can carry disease-related mutations without being aware of them.
RECESSIVE GENETIC DISEASETwo copies of the same mutated gene, one in the mother and one in the father, cause the disease.
WE NEED A BLOOD OR SALIVA SAMPLE FOR THE TEST
GENETIC TESTING PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE
Genetic testing plays an essential role in infertility treatments. One of the reasons why fertility treatments may fail is the presence of genetic mutations that can lead to repeat abortions and unsuccessful treatments.
The selection of genes investigated in Genes2Life follows the criteria recommended by ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists):
- Carrier probability: 1 in 100 couples is at risk
- Characteristics and symptoms are related to a known disease
- The disease has a detrimental effect on the quality of life
- The disease may damage physical and mental ability
- The disease requires surgical or medical intervention
- It is an early-onset disease
- The disease can be diagnosed prenatally
GET TESTED BEFORE:
- Trying to get pregnant.
- Starting an assisted fertilization treatment.
- Starting treatment with donor eggs or sperm. Both patient and donor may be healthy carriers of a disease with a genetic mutation in the same gene.