Couples who are ready to start a family may not be aware that they could be carrying a mutated gene, which could lead to their child developing a genetic disorder like Cystic Fibrosis, Sickle Cell Anemia or Muscular Dystrophy. In most cases, carriers of a genetic abnormality have no signs or symptoms of an underlying problem. Unfortunately, their carrier status is often brought to their attention only after their baby has been conceived, reducing the time and options they have to make a decision. However, with a little planning and a simple blood test, you can determine your chances of having a baby with a genetic condition long before he or she is conceived.
The MedGenome Claria Carrier Screening Test will provide you and your partner with the reassurance you need long before you start planning for your baby.
Carrier Screening Test Process:
Most couples don’t realize just how easy it is to be screened for genetic diseases. With just a simple blood test, you can learn more than ever before about your genetic health, and how it could affect your children down the road.
Step 1 – Talk to Your Doctor About Carrier Screening
At your next visit to your doctor you should talk to them about Carrier Screening. The topic of genetic diseases and getting screened may not come up during routine conversations, unless you mention it. If you are ready to start a family, your doctor can help you decide if Carrier Screening is right for you, at, even if you don’t have a family history of the same.
Once you have consulted your doctor, our Certified Genetic Counsellors will answer any questions you have regarding the tests and walk you through the Carrier Screening Testing Process with Claria.
Step 2 – Quick and Simple Blood Draw
Your dedicated genetic counsellor will help you find the closest collection center that is convenient for you. If you are unable to make it to a MedGenome Certified Lab for the sample collection, we can also discuss the option of having a professional visit your residence for the collection. All that is required is a small amount of blood (approximately 3-5 ml) withdrawn from the arm and it is sent off to our state-of-the-art facilities at no extra cost.
Step 3 – Receive Your Personalized Results
Unlike other companies, MedGenome Labs performs the entire screening and reporting process within India. Most of the other labs send your blood sample to labs in different countries, where it is compared to those populations’ genetic variations rather than our own population MedGenome’s Carrier Screening Test was developed to identify inherited diseases that are unique to the population of India. Since the test is performed right here in India, you will receive your result much faster and at much lesser cost. It is ensured that you will receive your personalized Carrier Screening report within 4-6 weeks.
Step 4 – Genetic Counseling Before, During and After the Test
At MedGenome Labs, our patients are our priority. We want to help you make the family planning process as easy as possible. Even before you receive your results, our Certified Genetic Counselors are here for you. They will walk you through your queries of what to expect from the test and, they will be available after you have received your personalized report, to offer further guidance and help you understand the results and help you make informed reproductive decisions and your options of moving forward.
If you’re ready take the next big step in the family planning process, talk to your doctor or give us a call at 1800 103 7590. We look forward to being there with you every step of the way.