We test our donors extensively to make sure that all accepted donors are healthy. But the donor is only half of the potential pregnancy and child. Your genes play a part too. This is why we offer an additional genetic test that screens your genes for 400+ conditions and compares them with your donor’s genes to ensure that you are a healthy match.
Genetics is a complex piece of our biology and you may spend a lot of time worrying that your preferred donor carries certain genetic diseases that could be transferred to your child – or you may know that you yourself are a carrier of a disease. The fact of the matter is that our genes contain errors – or so-called mutations – which means that we are all carriers of genetic diseases. Even if we are not sick or otherwise affected by the disease, our mutations can cause disease in our children. In many cases, the biggest risk for a child inheriting a genetic disease is when the man and the woman have mutations in the same gene.
To reduce the risk of having a child with genetic disease, we offer a thorough genetic test called GeneMatch that screens your genes for 400+ conditions and compares them with your donor’s genes to ensure that you are a healthy match.
Genetically inheritable diseases are caused by mutations in our genes that we pass on to our children. GeneMatch is a test determining whether your genes and those of your donor are a healthy match. The test determines whether you and your donor share mutations in the same gene that would result in your child inheriting a genetic disease.
In short, by matching your genes we can determine if you and your donor carry mutations in the same genes and in this way determine if the future child is at risk of inheriting a disease.
GeneMatch screens for more than 400 genetic diseases and will give you an answer to ensure that you and your donor are a healthy match.
When you have decided which of our donors you would like to proceed with for your fertility treatment, you can choose to add the GeneMatch test to check if you are a healthy match. The choice of this additional step in your donor search is entirely up to you. On the one hand, it may not feel necessary for you and you may choose to settle for how donor selection has been done up until now. On the other hand, performing a GeneMatch may give you an additional sense of security on your journey towards parenthood. The choice is yours.
With the GeneMatch test, you will get an answer as either one of the three types of results below.
You do not carry mutations in the same genes as your donor. Your child is not at risk of inheriting any of the diseases covered by GeneMatch. If you’re a match, you will see this as “no incompatibility is observed” in your report.
You and your donor carry mutations in the same genes, meaning that your child is at risk of inheriting a genetic disease. If you’re not a match, you will see this as “incompatibility is observed” in your report.
We recommend that you choose a different donor and do a new GeneMatch.
Your genes contain a mutation that could cause disease in your child if he is a boy.