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When Should You See a Genetic Counselor?

Genetic counselors can guide you and answer questions about your genetic health related to pregnancy, cancer or other conditions

There are a number of reasons to see a genetic counselor:

  • You are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant and have questions about your baby inheriting a condition
  • You are struggling with infertility and are wondering what genetic testing might tell you
  • You, your child or a family member were diagnosed with or suspected of having a genetic condition
  • You have a family history of cancer, or a health issue such as Alzheimer’s disease, a heart disorder or another genetic condition, and you are wondering if you or your family members might inherit it

In all of these situations and many more, a genetic counselor will ask about your family health history, review your relevant health information and help you think through decisions.

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