While it's totally normal as individuals to carry variants, most genetic diseases can only be passed on to your child if you and your partner are carriers of the same disease.
Thankfully, 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.
On the flip side, some 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.
If only one of you happens to carry a particular disease, it's unlikely to affect your child. But we all got our genes from our families so if you are a carrier it could be important to share this with your family, so that they are aware of their risk and testing options.
In the off-chance that you get back something, understanding this risk in advance can help you be practically, emotionally and culturally prepared to make empowered choices that feel right for you.
Getting test results back can be confusing and worrying. Our counsellors help you through this with thoughtful guidance and support 24/7.
Knowing your options can be empowering only if you can understand them. We help you decode the medical acronyms and navigate your choices.
Planning a family can be influenced by religion, culture, family, experiences and more. We find you the support networks that understand you.
Let’s call it like it is: Health information can bring up all sorts of worries and questions that we aren’t always emotionally prepared for. Our genetic counsellors are trained to help people through this with thoughtful guidance and support.
Genetic testing can sometimes change the way people see themselves, perceive risk, and plan their future to include what’s important to them.
Having a carrier partner can bring up confusing emotions. Eugene counsellors help people navigate this complex intersection of health and relationships.
Finding out health information as a couple can be stressful. Eugene counsellors can help couples consider what’s important to them.
Knowing your options can be empowering — if you can manage to get through the acronyms, bureaucracy and google search blackholes. Eugene gives each person immediate, trustworthy information when they need it.
Some conceive naturally and accept the risk. Others do prenatal tests to see if the pregnancy is affected, and then consider their choices.
Some do IVF & PGD to significantly reduce the risk of having a child affected by the genetic disease, but this can be expensive and time consuming.
There are a million ways to have a family. Adoption, donor eggs, sperm, or embryos are all options many consider.
Planning a family is a deeply personal choice that is influenced by our perspectives, families, friends, cultures, religions, personal experiences and more.
Getting good care means having a support network who understand you. We embrace cultural diversity as we hand-select the best and most caring counsellors who understand your perspective.
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