Do I need genetic testing?


Is genetic testing right for me?

Finding the right genetic test depends on your medical and family histories, your current medical indication, and the kinds of answers you and your healthcare provider seek.

The first step in getting a genetic test is to share your family health history with your doctor and ask if a genetic counseling referral is appropriate. A genetics provider can help determine if genetic testing is right for you.

Invitae can help you identify a qualified genetics professional in your area through the Invitae Genetics Provider Network (GPN). Please sign in to your Invitae account—or, if you don't yet have one, create an account—to connect with our network of genetic counselors, geneticists, and genetic nurses.


What is genetic testing?

Genetic testing analyzes your genes, which are the instructions encoded in your DNA. Your genes help determine your hair and eye color, height, and other physical traits that make you who you are. Genetic testing looks for variations in your genes that can lead to disease.

You or your healthcare provider might consider genetic testing for a variety of reasons, such as confirming a disease you are suspected to have or understanding the cause of a disease that runs in your family.



“This is part of me, but it doesn’t define me. I just happen to have breast and ovarian cancer predisposition.” —Ghecemy

Family history

Family history can offer clues to your future health. Collecting your family's medical history may help you identify diseases you may be at risk for.

Invitae believes that capturing a complete and accurate family history is critical to interpreting genetic results. That’s why we offer a free digital tool that allows you to map out your family medical history.

Get started with your own family history today.