Why you need genetic counselling

By Abayomi Ajayi

When you are struggling to conceive, genetic counselling could be a life saver. An infertility genetic counsellor will not only work with you to become pregnant but can also help to minimise or eliminate the risk of transmitting genetic disorders to your unborn baby.

Genetic counselling is a specialty area of fertility treatment that more couples are taking up in the course of their reproductive health history. Basically, genetic counselling serves two functions. First, it helps identify whether there is a genetic condition in your lineage and whether it is connected to your infertility.

Several health conditions run in families such as sickle cell disease, congenital blindness, albinism, and others known as genetic or hereditary disorders.Such diseases that run in one or both families whether serious or not, and could be transmitted and put your unborn baby at increased risk, so it is a good idea to investigate or find out if the disorder has been passed on, even before the birth of the baby. This is where genetic counselling comes in.

If your grandparents or parents had a hereditary condition, you need genetic counselling and should contact a trained genetic counsellor – a health professional that is knowledgeable in genetics and counselling. Genetic counselling will help you to understand the impact of a potential genetic condition whether you carry the genes or not.

It is recommended that you embrace genetic counselling if you have concerns about your family’s genetic history, or you are trying to conceive, and looking for screening information about genetic conditions. The outcome will depend on your family history and other testing options recommended by the counsellor.

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