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Genetic testing

Hi all,

 I just had my 8wk appnt a few days ago (Thurs) and I had a question for the next appnt in a month. The OB said at that time I can get genetic testing done- all it requires is another blood test and another sonogram. She says its my decision and just let her know. I'm not sure if I should do it or not. I'm 31 y/o, its my first child, no real hx in the family. But on one hand I feel if all it requires is a blood test and sonogram then why not. But then again- should I spend the money (my insurance sucks)? My husband is not big on doing it, but I'm torn. Can you all shed some light on what your decision was and why? Thanks in advance!

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    If your insurance doesn't cover it and you don't have a history of Down Syndrome, Trisomy ,or Cystic Fibrosis - I would probably skip the tests. 

    It may require "just" a blood test - but the amount charged for a CF test (at least at my office) is $1200. and that's just 1 test. The sonogram (assuming you mean the NT scan) is a higher ultrasound than just one at your doctor's office, done by a specialist, and will come with higher rates. 

    ETA: I am doing the tests (minus the CF test - my DH is not a carrier) because my insurance covers it and I feel that any information I can get is beneficial.  

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    There's a great thread about this on the pregnant after 35 board if you want to check it out.  The NT scan is a blood test and U/S but based on those results, like if hte risk is high, you may want to get further testing...so the test could lead to more testing.  They have also been known to have false positives so you could be worrying for nothing and then have a bunch of tests done that cost $$$$ to find out ion the end that everything is fine. 

     

    This said, it is a personal decision.  We had the test done with my son and with this one.  We want to know if something isn't normal.  Our insurance covers the testing AND I will be 38 when this one arrives so this also helped with our decision.

     

    Good Luck! 

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    My DH and I decided against testing, just because if something did come up, it wouldn't change our decision to continue with the pregnancy, and it would just make me worry and stress for the rest of the pregnancy. It is a very personal decision. I know I've seen lots and lots of girls talking about their nt scans... so it seems like lots of people do it.
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    I didn't do any of the genetic testing with either of my daughters, but am going to do it this time just because my insurance covers it and i get to see the baby again on an ultrasound. I know there is bloodwork too, i'll have to ask what they are testing for. I already know i am a CF carrier from my first pregnancy (DH is not).

    If you have to pay out of pocket, I wouldn't do it, as long as the results wouldn't change your mind anyway to continue with the pregnancy.

     

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    It is a person choice. For me, I've done a little research on this topic and I have learned a lot from reading the posts about this topic.  From what I've read - family history has nothing to do with it, these tests can actually catch other things as well, there are things that if caught early can be fixed. There are also chances of false positives which can mean worry for nothing.

    Many people say that knowning their baby tested positive wouldn't change anything. I don't really believe this is true. It could change where you deliver, how you deliver, etc.  Some of these conditions are not compatible with life, so for me, that's something I would want to know so that I can prepare myself.

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    They have also been known to have false positives

    NT scans do not provide false positives. Or positives, for that matter.

    They are not diagnostic.

    You can get a "screen positive" indicating that you have a higher than average risk of abnormalities, but NT scans are in no way definitive. 

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    I opted just for the scan and not the blood test. I have other issues (fibroids) that need to be monitored anyways so I welcome any opportunity to look in there. However, I'm about to learn soon how much our new insurance covers for ultrasounds. If it's not much, I might be singing a different tune in a couple of weeks!
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    Given your age and history, I would probably skip the screening test. It only provides a risk assessment, and you might end up worrying and paying extra money for nothing. You can always opt for additional testing if your anatomy scan shows any abnormalities.
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    Thanks girls- each post really added alot to my thinking about it. Definitely going to contact my insurance now and take it from there. didn't even consider it would be higher costs. Thanks!
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