Starting your family planning journey with genetic testing will give you the ability to make informed choices.
As 2021 begins and we re-enter the world with a new perspective, many young couples may be thinking about family planning – starting and expanding their families. But sometimes, it’s hard to think about where to begin. Well, let’s make that easy. Start with genetic testing.
What! Don’t two people need to fall in love and do all the things you need to make a baby first? The simple answer is no. Starting your family planning journey with genetic testing will allow you to make informed choices for your growing family.
Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Mizrahi Jews are all carriers of multiple genetic diseases. Some diseases overlap, and some don’t, but knowing if you or your partner are carriers of a genetic disease will allow you to consider options for your family. Even if your partner is not Jewish, it is important to consider genetic testing because his or her ancestors may also be carriers for rare genetic disorders. The more you know, the better choices you can make.
Priya works closely with JScreen to help the Kansas City community learn more about the importance of genetic testing. JScreen, based out of Emory University, provides low–cost genetic testing to adults 18-45 years-old who are planning to start or expand their families. The comprehensive test covers more than 200-plus genetic diseases. It is a simple saliva test sent to your home, you return it, and a few weeks later, you meet with a genetic counselor to discuss your results.
Thanks to the generosity of the Romotsky-Price-Cortes Genetic Testing Fund, Priya can offer a discounted price for the genetic testing. This allows for more growing families in Kansas City to be better informed when beginning their family planning journeys.