It is estimated that genetics are a contributing factor in up to 10 percent of couples who experience infertility or recurrent pregnancy loss, so it stands to reason that genetic testing has the potential to help many of those couples in their quest to have a family.
Genetic testing examines DNA, which has been called the “chemical database” that carries instructions for the body’s functions and can reveal gene changes that may cause illness or disease, including infertility. Since both men and women can have fertility issues, they can all benefit from genetic testing.
Identifying a genetic cause for your infertility can help you make the right decision on how to proceed by choosing the treatments that are most likely to help.
Additionally, genetic testing is advised before you have children if you or your partner has a family history of a genetic disorder, such as sickle cell anemia, Tay-Sachs disease or cystic fibrosis. Such testing can reveal if either or both of you carry a copy of an altered gene that would put a child at risk of developing the disorder.
A Board-Certified Reproductive Endocrinologist would make suggestions as to what blood tests should be ordered, which in most cases will follow the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG)’s recommendations.