1. Discuss your family history and ethnic background with your doctor to understand what disorders you should be tested for.
2. Provide either a blood or saliva sample. Once the laboratory receives your sample, your DNA will be tested and your doctor will receive your results in 10 to 14 days.
3. If you test positive as a carrier for a genetic disorder, talk to your doctor about the next steps. For many conditions, it is important to have your partner tested.
4. Discuss you and your partner’s results with your doctor or one of our genetic counselors to make informed decisions about your future or current pregnancy. Log in to your patient portal to schedule your appointment with a genetic counselor.
You and your doctor can select the tests that matter most for you based on your medical and family history, your ethnicity, and the guidelines of leading medical organizations like the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG).
Some genetic disorders are relatively common and carrier screening is recommended regardless of ethnic background.
Hemoglobinopathies are a diverse group of blood disorders seen in various populations.
People of Ashkenazi Jewish descent typically have ancestors from Eastern Europe. While these disorders are most common in individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, they may occur in people of other ethnic backgrounds.