There would hardly be any parent who wouldn’t be bothered about their child’s health. The greatest gift of life for someone is seeing their own child grow up to be a healthy and a happy person. A child gets all his features and traits from his parents, and also disorders. Did you know that a simple blood test before your pregnancy can actually ensure that your child has a healthy future?
Genetic disorders are a type of disorders that generally run in the family genes. You might not be aware of it but you could possibly be a carrier of a genetic disorder. Every year there are many parents who rejoice over the news of having a baby, but end up getting shocked to know that their child is affected by a genetic disorder. Did you know that 1 in 300 live births suffer from a genetic disorder like Thalassemia? A simple blood test by Igenomix, known as the Carrier Genetic Test (CGT) can determine whether you or your spouse is a carrier of a genetic disorder and also the risk of having an affected child.
There is no cure for genetic disorders but CGT can help you prevent them. A very important family planning test, CGT helps in determining who is a carrier in both the partners. If both the partners are carriers, there is an increase in risk of having an affected child, approximately by 25%. If high risk of transmitting a genetic disorder is identified, the couples can opt for options like Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) to have a healthy baby.
PGD screens the embryos for the genetic mutation wherein both the parents are a carrier of genetic disorder. PGD enables selection of those embryos which are not affected by the genetic disorder. It is meant for those couples with known personal or family history of monogenic disorders such as cystic fibrosis, fragile X syndrome, spinal muscular dystrophies (SMA), Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), Huntington disease, Thalassemia and many more. Even fertile couples who have a known history of a genetic condition in their families can consider PGD testing. Couples who are already undergoing IVF should consider additional pre-conception screening to identify any genetic disorder which their baby might be at an increased risk of developing.
Igenomix uses state of the ART technology for all its services especially for PGD to ensure highly reliable results. Being responsible and concerned parents not only improves the lives of the children, but also gives a sense of happiness and satisfaction to the parents.