What is carrier screening?

Carrier screening is genetic testing done to determine if there is a couple is at increased risk to have a child affected with a genetic condition.


Who should have carrier screening?

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, carrier screening should be offered to pregnant women and to all women who are considering pregnancy, regardless of ethnicity and family history. If a woman is found to be a carrier for a specific condition, her partner should be offered screening.


What are the benefits of carrier screening?

Carrier screening provides the opportunity for couples to know their carrier risk for several inherited conditions. Knowing this risk before pregnancy, presents the maximum number of reproductive options such as preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), the use of donor eggs or sperm, adoption, and the planning of a child with an inherited condition. If a couple is identified as carriers for a specific condition during pregnancy, prenatal diagnostic testing via CVS or amniocentesis is available.


Bion Genetic Laboratory Supports You

Our Learning Corner provides an approachable intro to the basics of genetics, inheritance patterns, and even a risk calculator to use with your patients. We also offer post-test genetic counselling services.