Genetic Screening for Caucasians

Visit our Manhattan fertility center for a complete genetic screening for Caucasians

At New York Fertility Services, Dr. Joel Batzofin partners with hopeful couples and individuals who wish to create or expand their families. As part of infertility treatment, our patients typically undergo a full evaluation, which often includes genetic testing. Although genetic diseases can occur in any family, certain conditions happen more frequently in specific ethnic groups.

Our New York Fertility Services physician reviews the basics of human genetics

When a baby is conceived, genes comprise the basic units of fetal development. Our genes determine many family traits, and babies inherit genes from both their mothers and fathers. If a baby receives a defective gene from the mother and the father, that baby has a 1 in 4 chance of developing the active form of the genetic disease.

In many cases, people have no indication that they carry defective genes, so Dr. Batzofin often suggests a genetic screening.

Genetic screening for Caucasians available in our Manhattan fertility center

Because you may have no obvious signs of potential genetic diseases, we will perform genetic testing as part of the infertility work-up. For our patients of Caucasian descent, we generally test for certain illnesses such as:

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Fragile X
  • Hemophilia
  • Tay Sachs

In cases in which the couple has a mixed family heritage, we may recommend additional screenings to include other genetic disorders such as sickle cell anemia, familial dysautonomia and Canavan disease.

Understanding the genetic screening and interpreting the results

For the actual testing, you and/or your partner will have blood drawn. Through these samples, the laboratory can look to see if either of you carry a copy of any abnormal gene that could put your child at risk for a specific disorder. Both partners must have the defective gene in order to have any children affected by the disease, so we will start with one person and test the second if necessary.

After we receive the results of your genetic tests, Dr. Batzofin will review them in detail and then discuss the findings with you and your partner during a follow-up appointment. When an individual is identified as a “carrier,” those results are considered conclusive. Patients who test negative, however, may still have a slight risk for carrying the genes that produce a given disorder.

If necessary, we can refer patients to a genetic specialist for further evaluation and provide reproductive options such as PGD for protecting your baby from inheritable genetic disease.

Part of the infertility process may involve genetic testing. We offer a variety of tests including Caucasian genetic screenings. If you have questions or would like more information, contact our Manhattan fertility center to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Batzofin.