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Gene Screen

Genetic carrier screening is genetic testing that can be done before or during pregnancy to check if you are a carrier of a genetic disorder that could be passed on to your child. We analyse 306 genes related to over 350 diseases.

From £629

Regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Why do a Gene Screen?

Our genetics determine who we are and the diseases we are susceptible to. This test is for anyone who wants to have a family one day. If you’re pregnant or thinking about having a baby, our at-home genetic carrier screening test allows you to find out whether you are unknowingly carrying a genetic disorder which could be passed to your child. Our supportive online genetic counselling and route to specialist care will help you feel secure in your family future.

Why do a Gene Screen
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What happens if I’m a carrier?

Being a carrier doesn’t mean that you will develop an illness or that you will pass it to your child. We are all carriers of certain genetic mutations.

However, if both you and your partner are carriers of the same genetic mutation, the chance of passing it to your child increases.

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82% of individuals are carriers of at least one condition.

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Having a child with a genetic disease is often unexpected.

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5% of couples carry the same mutation.

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The chance of having a sick child is 25% if both parents carry the same mutated gene.

How does it work?

1. Pre-test Genetic Counselling

Fill us in on your personal and family history. Your counsellor can also help you understand what to expect from this test, and how to prepare for the results.

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2. At-home Genetic Test

Receive your Hertility Kit and follow the instructions to collect your saliva sample.

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3. Analysis in our Lab

Send your sample to our fully accredited lab for our experts to analyse, and provide accurate data on your genetic health.

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4. Online Results

Our certified doctors will review your results and provide a personalised report in your online dashboard, in a language that’s easy to understand.

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5. Get Expert Care

If needed, we can also bridge the gap to in-person care with referrals to our hand-selected network of experts.

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What do we test?

We test 306 different genes related to over 350 diseases to help you understand your risk of passing any of these to your child.

We test for genetic diseases including:

Some important details for you

We think you should know that...

This test is

  • Useful to identify potential risks of genetic disorders in any children you may have.
  • Used to look for gene changes that lead to genetic conditions.
  • Able to reveal additional health implications for X-linked conditions.

This test is not

  • Applicable to individuals under the age of 18 years.
  • An exhaustive list and so cannot identify all risks of having a child with a genetic condition.
  • Able to analyse dominant conditions, including mutations that increase the risk of certain cancers.
  • Able to show changes in chromosome numbers that cause syndromes such as Down’s syndrome.

What if both parents test positive?

Consulting a specialist can help provide you with clear options for conceiving a healthy child. Couples may consider:

PGT-M allows testing embryos before implantation

PGT-M allows testing embryos before implantation

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Egg and sperm donation

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Adoption to avoid passing a genetic mutation

Our pricing

With options for individuals and couples, the Hertility Gene Screen is the most accurate way for you to know about your genetic health and how it may affect your child.

Price£629
  • Pre-test genetic counselling
  • At-home saliva test
  • Pathway to care for a positive carrier
price£849
  • Pre-test genetic counselling
  • At-home saliva test for couple
  • Post-test genetic counselling
  • Pathway to care for a positive carrier

FAQs

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 conditions are rare, and most of us haven’t even heard of them - the combined risk of having a child with an inherited genetic condition is greater than the risk of having a child with Down syndrome. Many of these conditions 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.

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

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 2020 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.

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 conditions.

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.

Despite popular belief, 80% of babies born with an inherited genetic condition had no family history of it. That's why the GeneScreen test is relevant regardless of your family background or history.

Genetic counsellors guide people in making important decisions around how genetics influences their health. They are not doctors, but are genetic specialists that are trained to identify, explore and explain genetic risk. They can help you be practically and emotionally prepared to make empowered choices that feel right for you.

Your test includes a session with a genetic counsellor to discuss your test results. They can help you understand your results, answer any questions and help you learn more about what your results mean for you.

From the moment we receive your saliva sample, the turnaround time to get your results is X.

Absolutely! Each test comes with a post test genetic counselling session. Our 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.

Your saliva sample is destroyed after 60 days. In unusual cases when testing takes longer than 30 days, the specimen will be retained until the report is delivered.

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