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The decision to bring a child into this world is one made by two responsible adults. The greatest hope of all parents is that their child will be healthy. You can do a lot for your child’s health before you even conceive.
The genetic compatibility test is a DNA examination from a blood sample which will uncover whether a couple is at risk of conceiving an ill child. Hereditary diseases are caused by a faulty copy of one or more genes. Genes are inherited by children from parents. There is a wide array of genetic diseases and some will manifest only if both parents pass their child an affected gene. Both parents are healthy and may not even be aware of the fact that they are carriers of a disease.
Almost every person is a carrier of one or even more mutations in various genes. For instance, in the Czech Republic, 1 in 25 are carriers of the CFTR mutation which causes cystic fibrosis and 1 in 30-50 are carriers of the muscle atrophy causing SMN1. If two carriers of the same recessive mutation meet, then there is a 25% risk that their child will be affected. This happens when both parents pass on their affected allele. If the future parents are aware of being carriers, they can dramatically reduce the risk of conceiving an affected baby.
Which diseases and genes are being tested?
This examination pertains to the most common recessive hereditary diseases, some mutations in genes linked to fertility and mutations linked to the female reaction to infertility treatment.
To whom is the examination suitable?
This examination is meant for couples who plan to conceive a child and wish to do the maximum to ensure his future health. The knowledge of some variants of genes for hormonal receptors also helps your doctor to chose the optimal kind of stimulation during an IVF cycle.
What will you find out from the test?
Taking the test will uncover whether your future offspring faces risk of some of the common monogenic recessive diseases. The examination is indicated by a clinical geneticist, who will also explain the results to you. If the result is positive (both you and your partner are carriers of the same mutation and could have an affected child), the geneticist will discuss your options for avoiding the risk. The result pertains only for the present couple, if you eventually planned to start a family with a different partner, they should take the test.
How does the testing look like?
A blood sample from the vein is required. The DNA is retrieved from the blood in the Genetic Laboratory of PRONATAL Sanatorium and is analysed using the NGS method (New generation sequencing)
Only you and your partner will be told the results. Our workplace adheres to GDPR standards and we do not share any genetic results with any third parties. We are proud of our discreetness and professional approach.
How much does the genetic compatibility examination cost?
The genetic compatibility test is an above-standard examination using cutting-edge genetic methods. It is not covered by health insurance. The price for PRONATAL patients can be found in the price list. Knowing that you did all you could to ensure your child’s health is, however, invaluable.