Reproductive genetics is health care that focuses on genetic risks or conditions that can be passed from parent to child through their genes during a pregnancy. Genes contain instructions for our traits, including aspects of our health. Everyone has a few genes that don’t work correctly due to small changes (mutations) within them. Most times, these mutations do not affect our health, and we don’t even know we have them. Our child can randomly inherit these mutations from us in the genes we pass down, which may or may not cause our child to have health problems.
Reproductive Genetics by the Numbers
>1 out of 4
individuals who undergo
reproductive genetic testing are found
to be carriers of a genetic condition.
of couples experience infertility,
with more than half of these cases due
to an underlying genetic issue.
of all babies are born with a birth defect
in the United States each year, and about
20% of birth defects are caused by genetic
or hereditary factors.
Are Reproductive Genetic
Services Right for Me?
Most pregnancies go well, and babies are born healthy. Some couples have a higher risk to have a child with a genetic condition, have problems in a pregnancy or experience infertility due to genetic causes. Couples in these and other situations are right for reproductive genetic services. If possible, the best time to seek reproductive genetic counseling is before a pregnancy, so you can review your family history, discuss your reproductive genetic testing options and make a plan with your doctors for your pregnancy. Women with a high-risk pregnancy often need a maternal-fetal medicine specialist for prenatal health care. A genetic counselor can partner with other specialists to coordinate genetic testing/prenatal procedures and share medical recommendations that are tailored to your situation.
What to expect from a reproductive genetic counseling session:
Genome Medical’s board-certified genetic counselors meet with many women and couples to help them learn more about their reproductive genetic health. An initial reproductive genetic counseling appointment may happen before a pregnancy (preconception consultation) or during a pregnancy (prenatal consultation).
At your first reproductive genetic counseling appointment, a genetic counselor will carefully review your and your partner’s personal and family health histories and any risk factors. This helps determine if genetic testing is right for you and ensures you are being offered the most appropriate test. If you are being offered genetic testing, your genetic counselor will help you make a decision about genetic testing after discussing the risks and benefits with you.
At a later appointment, your genetic counselor will discuss and interpret your test results, uncovering unique insights for you. He or she will take your results and all your other medical information to develop a personalized care plan for you. All of this will be tailored to you and your situation, and may also be relevant to other family members. Your genetic counselor will also work with your regular doctor to offer additional consultation throughout a pregnancy as needed.
Speaking with a certified genetic counselor from Genome Medical can help you learn how your genetic health could impact your pregnancy or future children that you’re planning. This includes talking about pregnancy genetic testing, which may include procedures that are done during a pregnancy. If you or your partner has a genetic risk factor, a genetic counselor can help you consider genetic testing or other options to help keep your baby as healthy as possible.
With Genome Medical, you can simply schedule your genetics consultation online and attend from the comfort of your own home. Secure video sessions are flexible and available to suit your schedule.
Trusted Genetic Specialists
Our clinical team is comprised of more than 50 clinicians, including medical geneticists, genetic counselors, primary care doctors and pharmacists who can provide medical services in all 50 states through our telehealth platform.
Chief Medical Officer
Director, Cardio and Pediatric Genetic Services
Director, Reproductive Genetic Services
Director, Cancer Genetic Services
Director, Genetic Counseling Services, GeneMatters