During the first trimester of every one of my pregnancies, I had a series of blood tests and genetic tests done. It was a little puzzling to me as the kiddos have the same parents, but “they” said they were required. Fortunately, nothing was ever detected in any of those test, or even any suspicions. Yet, every time we had one, I held my breath waiting for the results.
This post is brought to you by J Screen Genetic Testing. All opinions are my own.
Many of the tests that were done were for genetic conditions passed down from parents that are likely unaffected carriers of diseases/disorders. Meaning, most of the time, you won’t know you are a carrier until you have a child with a partner/spouse that is also a carrier. The thing is, you find out about this after you are pregnant.
With JScreen, you can find out before you are pregnant if you are a carrier. And, it’s just four steps.
- request a kit and wait for it to arrive
- spit in the tube (aka take the saliva test)
- send it to the lab
- get the results via an email link in about a week
JScreen was originally started for screening people of Jewish ancestry for 19 genetic diseases found most commonly in the Ashkenazi Jewish population. However, they have expanded to include an 80+ disease panel for those of non-Jewish ancestry.
Everyone is at risk for being a carrier of a genetic disease. JScreen can help. Individuals with no Jewish ancestry, or both Jewish and non-Jewish ancestry, are encouraged to pursue the 80+-disease Expanded Panel. The truth is, everyone is a carrier for genetic alterations regardless of their ethnic background. It is a common misconception that individuals without Jewish ancestry are not at risk to be carriers for the 19 genetic diseases found most commonly in the Ashkenazi Jewish population. Although occurrences are less frequent outside of the Jewish population, the 19 diseases are found in other ethnicities as well. In addition to the 19 Jewish genetic diseases, there are many other genetic diseases that are commonly found in the general population.
JScreen is offering one reader a chance to have their own genetic screening done free of charge. They will ask that the winner (must be over 18yrs old) provide insurance information on their registration page to ensure there aren’t any out-of-pocket costs for them, but no payment directly from the winner will be collected. The winner will need to go to their website, to watch a brief educational video on the test.