How To Prepare
No special preparation is needed before having this test.
Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding the need for the test, its risks, how it will be done, or what the results will mean. To help you understand the importance of this test, fill out the medical test information form (What is a Reference PDF Opens New Window document?).
Since the information obtained from a genetic test can have a profound impact on your life, you may want to see a doctor who specializes in genetics (geneticist) or a Reference genetic counselor Opens New Window. This type of counselor is trained to help you understand your risk for developing a genetic disease or having a child with an inherited (genetic) disease, such as Reference sickle cell disease Opens New Window, Reference cystic fibrosis Opens New Window, or Reference hemophilia Opens New Window. A genetic counselor can help you make well-informed decisions. Ask to have genetic counseling before making a decision about genetic testing.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 29, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Siobhan M. Dolan, MD, MPH - Reproductive Genetics