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Dr. Elizabeth Barbieri of Oregon Reproductive Medicine explains some of the incredible advances in reproductive genomics that are now at the heart of IVF treatments and are increasing patients’ chances for success and a healthy baby.

When our patients embark on their fertility treatment journey they are bombarded with the terms "genetics" and "genomics." Even just five years ago, this was not the case - but as genetic medicine continues to have an impact on reproductive care, patients increasingly face decisions about genetic screening and testing. Here we discuss the most common genetic tests offered in our fertility clinic.

Genetic disorder carrier screening

Carrier screening refers to DNA testing that investigates whether you or your “reproductive partner” (whether your actual partner, or an egg or sperm donor) has, or “carries,” recessive gene changes - also called mutations - that could cause certain serious genetic diseases in your children.

Genes are the units of heredity - small pieces of DNA that code for certain traits or functions of the body. Genes are inherited in specific ways. One of the basic patterns of inheritance is autosomal recessive. To develop a recessive genetic condition, you must have inherited two copies of a mutation in that gene - one from the egg cell and one from the sperm cell.

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We catch up our Fertility Journey couples who are excited to announce their baby news, dealing with those awkward questions from friends and family. Eating to boost fertility, mini IVF and egg banking and much more.