Genetic Screening

OBGYN Westside, PLLC

Obstetrics & Gynecology located on the Upper West Side, New York, NY

OBGYN Westside on the Upper West Side of New York City provides the latest genetic screening available for patients with or suspected of having genetic diseases, birth defects, reproductive complications, or cancer risks. These tests can help identify your personal risk and family history of cancer. They can also determine if your baby will be at risk for certain inheritable conditions, some of which can be life-threatening or severely affect quality of life. Call today or schedule an appointment using the online tool.

Genetic Screening Q & A

What is genetic screening?

Genetic screening gives you information about your baby’s risk of being born with or developing certain genetic abnormalities. It informs you if you or your partner are carriers for a genetic disorder that could be passed on to your baby, so you have peace of mind before getting pregnant and can make informed decisions about the future or your family.

Genetic screening can also identify your personal risk and family history of cancer.  

What happens during genetic screening?

Genetic screening usually consists of testing the blood of both partners. Serious genetic conditions tend to be recessive, meaning that both the mother and father need to pass on the gene for the baby to develop the disorder. So, if both mom and dad carry a gene for a particular condition, the baby has a 25% chance of being born with the condition.

What can genetic screening identify?

Many serious conditions can be identified through genetic screening. These include:

  • BRCA1 and BRCA2
  • Fragile X syndrome
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia
  • Tay-Sachs disease
  • Spinal muscular atrophy

In all, more than 400 different disorders can be identified through testing. You should raise any specific concerns about a particular condition that runs in your family with the doctors at OBGYN Westside, PLLC, during your initial consultation.

Who should consider genetic screening?

Patients with a family history of cancer should consider genetic screening. You may also elect genetic screening to give you peace of mind before starting a family. You may also benefit from genetic screening based on your family or personal medical history.

Can genetic screening be done during pregnancy?

Genetic screening can be performed while you are pregnant. Since testing is done through blood, there is no risk to the baby in doing this test. 

If you’d like more information about genetic screening, call OBGYN Westside, PLLC, or book an appointment online.