Q: My partner and I want to complete genetic testing. Do we both need to complete testing at the same time?

If you or your partner are currently pregnant, we recommend that both of you be tested at the same time. Most of the conditions included in our testing are autosomal recessive, which require that both the man and the woman be carriers for the same condition for there to be an increased risk to have an affected child. By completing testing at the same time, you will receive risk information in a time sensitive manner. If you or your partner are not currently pregnant, we recommend that the woman complete testing first. Our testing includes 21 X-linked conditions, which require that only the woman be a carrier for there to be an increased risk to have an affected child. Depending on a woman’s results, her partner may not need to complete testing or only complete testing for one or two conditions instead of the full panel.
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