Why is Preconception Genetic Counselling Important?

Preconception genetic counselling is essential for several reasons. Firstly, it helps couples to understand their risk of passing on genetic disorders to their children. With this information, couples can make informed decisions about their family planning, including whether to pursue fertility treatment options such as IVF with genetic testing to reduce the risk of passing on genetic disorders.

Secondly, preconception genetic counselling can identify genetic disorders that may affect the couple’s health, which may not have been diagnosed previously. This information can be used to manage the couple’s health and may also have implications for other family members.

Lastly, preconception genetic counselling can help prepare couples for the emotional and psychological challenges that may come with having a child with a genetic disorder. Genetic counsellors can provide support and resources to help couples navigate these challenges and make informed decisions about their family planning.