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Genetic Testing for Infertility and Pre-Pregnancy in Men and Women

Trying to get pregnant for some time with no success can be frustrating for a couple. Infertility can strain a relationship, leading to disappointment, resentment, and other emotional pain. Couples struggling with infertility may spend years looking for possible treatments as there are many contributing factors for both parties. While young, healthy couples have a 20 - 25% chance of conceiving each menstrual cycle, roughly 15% of couples do not become pregnant after a year of trying. A lack of fertility can be caused by genetic and / or non-genetic factors. 10% of infertility cases involve or are caused by genetic factors. Identifying the root of one’s infertility can bring relief and understanding when trying to conceive naturally. Treatment may be possible depending on the type of genetic complication. It can also provide realistic expectations, allowing the couple and their fertility specialists determine the couple’s best options.

What is Infertility?

Genetic shortcomings can cause chromosomal abnormalities, reproductive dysfunction, and alterations in sexual maturation. Infertility is a complex reproductive system issue, identified by the inability to conceive after more than a year of regular, unprotected intercourse. Age, stress, levels of exercise, obesity, hormones, and other diseases can impact fertility. Genetic testing for infertility can share whether or not a patient’s fertility is impacted by their genetic makeup.

Ideal Patients for Infertility Genetic Testing

Those struggling to conceive for over a year, with known fertility problems, small / irregular genitals, or irregular secondary sexual features are among ideal patients. Women who have experienced more than one miscarriage or have irregular or absent menstruation should consider getting infertility genetic testing and making sure to check the status of the methylation pathway, in particular, the MTHFR. Men with a low sperm count, low sperm mobility, or irregular sperm form should also consider being tested.

Fertility Genetic Testing For Your Potential Child

While genetic testing for infertility can identify which genetic shortcoming can cause chromosomal abnormalities, reproductive function issues, and alterations in sexual maturation, it can also share what a couple may pass down to their child. Since both parents’ DNA come together to determine their child’s genes, it’s possible to identify possible risks for the child / children early on. Those with a family history of a genetic disorder or particular genetic SNPs should look into getting tested.

GX Sciences’ Genetic Testing for Infertility

If you and your partner are struggling to conceive, genetic testing for infertility may be able to determine the root of your fertility issues. Identifying the source of your infertility can help determine the best options for you. Find a provider in your area today to learn more.