Babies on the Brain

Genetic testing

Hi all! Just starting our TTC journey. I have infertility issues so I will be going to get my bloodwork soon. The doctor mentioned genetic testing and made it seem pretty normal. We have been trying to decide if we want to do it and it is giving me MAJOR anxiety. All of the worries.. what if we are a match for something..will it cause more anxiety.. is it selfish?? All these questions. Ugh! Any words or wisdom from experience?! Thank you!!

Re: Genetic testing

  • @newbie67 this would be a better question for the Infertility board. Doing the genetic testing is a valuable piece of information to know as you work with your doctor to conceive. Remember, even if you do test positive as a carrier for any genetic issues, it  requires both parents to be carriers in order for there to be any chance of passing it to your child.

    If you both test positive for anything, your doctor may want you to opt for IVF so that they can do embryo testing to see if the embryos have the genetic diseases you tested positive for. They will not transfer any of those embryos as they have a high likelihood of not surviving.

    I find I'm more anxious not knowing. It is not at all selfish to find out if you're a carrier!
    *TW* History:
    Me: 34 DH: 36 | Together since 2007 | Married July 2016

    TTC #1 since 7.2017
    Dx: low morph (1%), ANA positive, low decidualization score, high TSH and testosterone, histone antibodies

    IUI #1-3 all BFN
    IVF #1 | 6.11.19 | 24R, 17M, 15F, 6B, PGT-A tested - 5 normal, 3 girls & 2 boys
    FET #1 | 9.10.19 | BFN "I know you, but we've never met. I'm with you, but I don't know your name"
    RPL, Receptiva, & ERA testing | all normal/negative, recommended going on gluten and dairy free diet for next FET
    FET #2 | 3.31.20 | Opted to cancelled due to pandemic, continued diet and tried naturally over the summer
    2nd Opinion with another RE | 8.20.20 | Not immune to measles (received 1 dose); SA results similar to 2 years ago; decided to move forward with FET #2 redo at start of next cycle
    Surprise natural BFP! | 9.22.20 | MC 10.23.20 at 8 weeks
    TTCAL naturally | starting 11.22.20

    Initial consultation with Reproductive Immunologist | 9.14.21
    Decidualization score biopsy | 10.1.21 | abnormal - low score of 1; endometrial scratch recommended and progesterone supplementation
    Saline sono | 10.15.21 | normal
    Bloodwork | 10.21.21 high TSH, high testosterone, positive for anti-nuclear antibodies and histone antibodies, high protein S, multiple genetic mutations
    BFP! | 11.3.21 | EDD 7.14.22 B) | biopsy provided same effect as endometrial scratch; added supplemental progesterone and estrogen, prednisone, levothyroxine, and MTX Support to maintain pregnancy
    DS born 7.19.22 after induction

    TTC #2 begins 6.2023
    Consultation with RI | 6.6.23
    Saline sono, endometritis biopsy, skin & eye check | all normal
    Labs | high TSH, Factor XIII mutation, high %CD56
    Follow up | 8.8.23 | prescribed metformin, prednisone, plaquenil, and levothyroxine
    Repeat labs after 3 weeks on meds
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