Egg donor genetic testing provides peace of mind for hopeful parents
Hopeful parents utilizing donor eggs can rest assured that egg donor genetic testing at our frozen egg bank network ensures that they will only receive eggs that are free of inheritable genetic conditions that could pose a threat to their future children. Every potential egg donor goes through our thorough genetic screening process, which is performed by highly skilled genetic specialists.
How we perform egg donor genetic testing
Before a woman can become an egg donor at our frozen egg bank network, she is required to undergo genetic screening, which involves two steps.
- Interview with a genetic counselor. An important component of our egg donor genetic testing involves analysis by a genetic counselor. The first step of this analysis is the potential egg donor providing detailed information about her family medical history. The counselor then interviews the donor, which gives her a chance to clarify any aspect of this medical history. This process gives the counselor insight into whether the donor may be a carrier of certain inheritable conditions.
- Blood test. To get an even deeper look into a donor’s genetic health, she will provide a blood sample that will be tested in our lab for various inheritable conditions.
If the egg donor genetic testing at our frozen egg bank network reveals a risk of a genetic disease, the woman will not be able to donate.
What does genetic screening test for?
Our comprehensive genetic screening determines whether a potential egg donor is a carrier of conditions such as spinal muscular atrophy, Tay-Sachs disease and sickle cell disease. In addition, the genetic panel often includes other conditions.
- Beta thalassemia
- Bloom syndrome
- Gauchers disease
- Canavan disease
- Fanconi anemia type C
- Mucolipidosis type IV
- Niemann-Pick disease type A
- Fragile X
Hopeful parents should check with an egg donor specialist at our frozen egg bank network to confirm the specific conditions a particular donor was screened for during her egg donor genetic testing. They should also note that, while genetic screening significantly reduces the risk of specific conditions being passed on to a child, it does not completely eliminate the risk.
The genetic counseling and testing that every donor undergoes is one of the many steps we take to ensure that we only provide the highest-quality eggs. We understand what a challenging journey this can be, and do everything we can to help parents achieve their goal of taking home a healthy baby.
Contact us for more information about egg donor genetic testing.