Preconception testing for women seeking fertility care
Women who need fertility treatments to become pregnant have an edge over women who don’t – they can take full advantage of preconception testing to increase their chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Our Newport Beach fertility testing experts prepare you for pregnancy by ordering a standard slate of preconception tests, designed to reduce any risks to your health and the health of your future child. At your initial visit, be sure to discuss any medical concerns you may have, as well as your personal and family health history, with your fertility specialist so that all necessary tests can be ordered.
Types of preconception testing
The goals of preconception testing include:
- Ensure that you are as healthy as possible before you try to get pregnant
- Treat any infections that could harm you or your growing baby
- Prevent transmission of genetic conditions to your future child
As part of your Newport Beach fertility testing, your fertility specialist will order a rubella blood test to determine if you are vaccinated against German measles, which could cause a miscarriage or birth defects if you contract the illness during pregnancy.
Your doctor will also order tests for sexually transmitted diseases, which can contribute to infertility and could also be harmful to you and your baby. You’ll also need an HIV blood test to check for the virus that causes AIDS. HIV is a life-threatening virus that can be passed from you to your fetus, unless you take certain medications during pregnancy.
You may also need blood or saliva tests to find out if you are a carrier of a genetic disease that could be passed down to your child, such as cystic fibrosis or Tay Sachs disease. These highly specific genetic tests are available to everyone, and are especially recommended if you or your partner have a family history of a specific genetic disorder. You may be referred to a genetic counselor before starting fertility treatments to help you determine if preconception carrier screening is necessary.
Get a clean bill of health before conception
Depending on your risk for other medical conditions, your fertility specialist may also order other specialized tests. For example, some women may be at risk for hepatitis C, a dangerous illness that can be passed from mother to baby.
To learn more about preconception testing, contact us to schedule a consultation at our Newport Beach fertility center.