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It only takes 3-4 weeks all up, start to finish.
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Zoë Milgrom, 10 years genetic counselling, 2 kids
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It tests you & your partner's DNA for variations that could cause a serious genetic condition in your child. Common conditions we screen for include Cystic Fibrosis, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Thalassemia, and Tay-Sachs disease – but, there’s a total of 301 conditions on our panel.
It's really important to know that most people get reassurance that their risk is low. But if there is an increased risk, there are options that can help you make empowered choices or even avoid passing on the condition.More about carrier screening
7 out of 10 people find out they are healthy carriers of at least one disease. However, most genetic diseases can only be passed on to your child if you and your partner are carriers of the same disease.
The good thing is, most couples who have this test find out that they are not carriers of the same disease. Knowing this in advance can give you confidence, reassurance and peace of mind that you have significantly reduced your risk of having a child born with one of these diseases.
1 out of 40 couples find out that they are carriers of the same disease. For these couples, there’s a 25% (1 in 4) chance that they could have a child that is affected by the disease.
This can be overwhelming, but honestly, it's really important to know. Knowing your risk can help you make empowered choices about how you plan your pregnancy, or even significantly reduce the risk of having a child affected by the disease.More about your results
“We were unsure about genetic testing but so happy we were recommended to Eugene! The process was simple, everything was so easy to understand and Zoe explained everything with care and compassion. Highly recommended!”
"You’ve made a complex and overwhelming test and all that involves seem less daunting especially given how you can explain things in everyday peoples terms. We’ve learnt a lot and I believe in turn we’ve educated so many of our family and friends on what’s available and the importance of testing, I only wish we had done it sooner.”
“I highly recommend Eugene to anyone considering a pregnancy, whether you have already started your family or not. The information provided by this service allows you to understand your genetic health in a supported environment. Eugene is a true step forward in the accessibility and affordability of this type of testing. A+”
Why should I do a carrier screen?+
Despite popular belief, 80% of babies born with an inherited genetic condition have no family history of it. That's why genetic carrier screening is relevant to all people who are planning a pregnancy or early in a pregnancy. Your family background or history can be important predictors in what gene variations you may carry – but its only a small part of the puzzle. While these diseases are rare, and most of us haven’t even heard of them - the combined risk of having a child with an inherited genetic disease is greater than the risk of having a child with Down syndrome.
Finally, these diseases won’t be detected by routine tests in early pregnancy like NIPT, CVS or Amnio. That’s why this test is relevant to everyone who is family planning or is currently pregnant.
When should I do the test?+
Generally speaking, before or early in pregnancy. Many people consider their carrier status as important health information just before trying to get pregnant or early in their pregnancy to make informed reproductive choices for their family.
So in essence, before you're pregnant or within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy is perfect timing.
Why should I do this test over a 3 gene screen?+
The 3 gene screen includes Cystic fibrosis (CF), Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and Fragile X. By screening for these 3 conditions the chance of picking up a couple at-risk is approximately 1 in 250. These conditions are mainly common in the Caucasian community, but to be honest it's 2019 and we are all a lot more mixed than we think we are.
Using an expanded panel is much more inclusive to risks faced by everyone, and has much higher detections rates. 7 out of 10 people who do the test are identified as healthy carriers of at least one conditions on the test. Additionally, 1 in 40 couples are also found to be at an increased risk of passing on a condition on the test. Knowing this info in advance is really important because it can open up reproductive options and even significantly reduce the chance of passing the specific condition.
We also acknowledge that the more you screen for the more potential findings there will be - that's why we think genetic counselling before and after the test is so important!
Are there any implications for me from doing this test?+
The purpose of genetic carrier screening is NOT to diagnose you with the conditions on the panel – rather to identify if you and your partner carry gene variations that, if passed on to a child, could result in them being affected by certain diseases.
So the implications are more likely to be related to difficult choices you may need to make regarding your pregnancy plans or management. But as they say, information is power. That being said, in rare cases, testing may reveal that you are more susceptible to some manageable adult onset conditions.
Many people who had had testing with Eugene describe feeling informed, empowered and aware and we believe that is as important as the results themselves.
Does this test affect my ability to get life insurance?+
Carrier screening is not used to identify personal risks, and is generally used by individuals planning a family to know their risk of passing on serious inherited disorders to their children. Life insurance companies generally use genetic test results that do identify personal risk in deciding whether or not to offer someone life insurance cover and at what premiums to do so.
Because of that, the risk of your carrier screening results affecting your ability to get life insurance or the premium you're charged is very low.
What's the turnaround time?+
From the moment we receive your saliva sample, the turnaround time to get your results are 3 to 4 weeks.
Is there support to help me understand my results?+
Absolutely! Each test comes with a post test genetic counselling session. Your Eugene genetic counsellors are all trained and have practiced across a number of specialties in addition to carrier screening and together with our consultant geneticists and widespread network of healthcare professionals, we make sure you're always connected and supported.
Are my results and personal info protected?+
As a healthcare company, we comply with the most stringent local and inernational privacy and security regulations. We take incredible care to use technical, process and physical safeguards to secure your personal information and protect it against misuse, loss or alteration.
Finally, Eugene doesn't share any your data with anyone but you and (with your express permission) your doctor.
I don't have a family history of the condition, is this still relevant for me?+
Despite popular belief, 80% of babies born with an inherited genetic disease had no family history of it. That's why the Eugene test is relevant regardless of your family background or history.
What happens to my sample once the test is complete?+
Your saliva sample is destroyed after 30 days. In unusual cases when testing takes longer than 30 days, the specimen will be retained until the report is delivered.