Preconception Carrier Screening
Luckily, most women give birth to perfectly healthy babies, but as with most things related to health and medical science, not everything is predictable. According to our OB-GYN, Dr. Rania Ibrahim, about three percent of newborn babies will unfortunately be born with a major birth defect.
Preconception screening via a blood test can assist couples in determining whether or not they will have a healthy baby. The results of the test can help a couple ascertain whether or not to have children and allow them to consider all of their reproductive choices. It also significantly minimizes the potential risks to a mother and her fetus.
Preconception carrier screening is a test performed by your OB-GYN prior to the you becoming pregnant to help predict your chances of having a child who possesses a genetic disorder.
What types of diseases can preconception carrier screening predict?
These tests are available for limited types of diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell, fragile X syndrome and Tay-Sachs disease. Because of these carrier-screening tests, the occurrence of inherited conditions has decreased by more than 90 percent.
What is a carrier of genetic disorders?
A carrier is a person who doesn’t necessarily exhibit symptoms of an illness, but can pass the gene on to his or her offspring. In fact, many individuals who are designated as carriers of genetic disorders don’t experience symptoms.
How is carrier screening performed?
Carrier screening involves the testing of a blood or saliva sample. Normally, the partner who is most likely to possess a defective gene is tested first. If the results indicate that that person is not the carrier, no additional testing is required. If the results indicate that the first partner is a carrier, the other partner will need to be tested.
- When is the screening performed?
- Your OB-GYN can perform the carrier screening prior to your pregnancy, or during it. If performed before pregnancy, the patient will have a larger number of options and more time to make important decisions.
- Should you consider preconception carrier screening?
Our female gynecologist, Dr. Rania Ibrahim, can help you determine if you are at a heightened risk of passing on a genetic disorder by way of your family health history.
If you are pregnant – or thinking of becoming pregnant – and would like more information regarding preconception carrier screening and need expert advice from a reputable and personable OB-GYN then contact New Beginnings OB-GYN under the direction of Dr. Rania Ibrahim in Conroe, TX.
Don’t wait – call us today at (936) 441-8635 to schedule your confidential consultation.
Are you looking for ObGyn in Magnolia TX?
Dr. Rania Ibrahim is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist with a Medical Practice located in Montgomery County, Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring and Magnolia, Texas offering services from Prenatal care, hot flashes, endometriosis treatment, uterine ablation, pap smear test, urodynamics, hysterectomy surgery, laparoscopic hysterectomy, laparoscopic surgery, endometrial ablation, hysterectomy etc.
You can work together from the initial consultation to the implementation of your own personal birth plan, and follow-up. Dr. Rania Ibrahim has enormous experience in high risk obstetrics. She is a skilled surgeon and has an excellent and caring team.
Dr. Rania Ibrahim is sympathetic to the needs of women. She is an expert in infertility, menstrual disorders; abnormal pap smears and offers services in the latest keyhole surgery technology.
New Beginnings OB-GYN proudly serves the residents of Montgomery County, Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, and Magnolia, Texas.
Note: Hospital deliveries and procedures are conveniently offered at Conroe Regional Medical Center, CHI-St Luke’s-The Woodlands, and Memorial Hermann Medical Center-The Woodlands