Genetic counselors can help you understand what genetic variations you could pass on to future children or if there is an increased risk for a genetic condition due to family history.
Prenatal screening options can be overwhelming and the results are not always straightforward. If you need help navigating your choices, or if you’ve had an abnormal ultrasound or high-risk screening result, genetic counselors can help you understand the implications and make the most informed decisions about next steps.
Genetic counselors also assist couples in navigating the genetic aspects of fertility issues, and work with those undergoing fertility treatments to make the most informed decisions.
Genetic counselors can help parents understand newborn screening results and guide parents who are considering genetic testing for their child.
Heart disease risk
For people with a personal or family history of cardiovascular conditions, genetic counseling can help determine if genetic testing could be beneficial, and provide guidance on test results.
Some genetic variations put people at higher risk of developing certain cancers. Genetic counselors can help assess whether testing is appropriate given family history, explain the results of a test, and discuss potential next steps.
Neurological disease risk
Some neurological conditions have a genetic cause, and some genetic variations may increase the risk of developing a disease later in life. Genetic counseling can help unravel the role of an individual’s genetics in neurological health.
How an individual reacts to certain medicines can be determined in part by genetics. Genetic testing may be able to uncover this information, and counseling can help make sense of test results.
Many other conditions have genetic causes, and our genetic counselors can help you determine if you’re at risk, and if genetic testing may be right for you. Also, healthy individuals with no medical conditions or family history may choose to have genetic testing to understand traits and ancestry, assess future health risks to be proactive, and to have their genetic data available as new discoveries are made.