Pre-Conception Counseling And Genetic Screening Specialist

Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology

All high-quality OB/GYN practitioners recommend preconception care for women considering getting pregnant. Women’s Obstetrics and Gynecology offers preconception counseling and genetic screenings, so you can learn about the potential risks of carrying a baby and confidently decide on your pregnancy endeavor. Contact our doctors at their Fairfield County, Connecticut practice to solicit more valuable information on conceiving.

Pre-Conception Counseling and Genetic Screening Q & A

Why should I receive preconception counseling?

Preconception counseling helps you understand risks of any potential complications as well as measures you can take to minimize risk factors. It involves interventions that aim to identify and modify biomedical, behavioral, and social risks through prevention and management. The ultimate goal of this service is to ensure the healthiest possible pregnancy experience for you and your future children.

What kind of issues do Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology address during preconception counseling?

Your doctor will address issues specific to your situation and needs during preconception counseling. Common issues include:
  • Family planning
  • Achieving a healthy body weight
  • Screening and treatment for infectious diseases
  • Updating appropriate immunizations
  • Reviewing medications for teratogenic effects
  • Genetic Carrier Screening for Inheritable Diseases

Women looking to get pregnant are recommended to take folic acid supplements to reduce the risk of neural tube defects. Your physician can also work with you to control your health conditions, and offer family planning services to avoid unintended pregnancies.

What is genetic screening?

Genetic screening, also known as genetic testing, is a medical test that aims to identify changes in your chromosomes, genes, or proteins. The results help to rule out a suspected genetic condition or to determine your chances of developing or passing on a genetic disorder.

What are methods of genetic screening?

There are various ways to administer genetic screenings:
  • Molecular genetic tests (or gene tests) study single genes or short lengths of DNA to identify variations or mutations that lead to a genetic disorder
  • Chromosomal genetic tests analyze whole chromosomes or long lengths of DNA to identify any substantial genetic changes
  • Biochemical genetic tests study the amount or activity level of proteins to identify any abnormalities that might indicate a genetic disorder

What are benefits of a genetic screening?

Genetic screenings offer benefits whether the results are positive or negative. For one thing, the results provide confirmation and ensure relief from uncertainty. They can also guide you to make informed decisions about managing your health and routines for care. A negative result can eliminate the need for future check-ups and screenings, while a positive result can lead you toward prevention, monitoring, and treatment options. Test results play a significant role in your decision to have children.