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What to expect: Your genetic counselling appointment.

What to expect: Your genetic counselling appointment.


So, you're about to have a call with a Eugene genetic counsellor before getting a carrier test and you're wondering what to expect? No worries, that's a normal question to have. Here's everything you need to know:

Who should join the call?

We can't wait to meet you! If you're planning on getting a genetic carrier screening with your partner, it would be best if you're both on the call. We typically do video calls, but if you're unable to be together during the call, each of you can dial in separately.


What will we talk about?

We want to get to know you, and part of that includes exploring your medical and genetic history, as well as your ethnic background. Together, we'll build a family tree, which includes four generations of your family, your parent's generation, your grandparents, and any children, nieces, or nephews. We'll also go over your family's health history, including any major health problems and family members who passed away due to health issues. We'll also discuss your reproductive and pregnancy history, including any pregnancy or fertility problems.

Your family tree will look a little something like this: 


Why is this call necessary?

We pair each member with a genetic counsellor for support and guidance every step of the way. It's only when we understand your motivations, expectations, and concerns that we can tailor your experience to what's relevant for you. During the call, we'll also cover how carrier screening works, what it can and cannot do, and what to expect on your journey with Eugene. And don't hesitate to ask us any questions you might have


How does it work?

We make the process easy. Everything is done at home, so you never have to leave your couch! We'll schedule video call appointments and ship you your kits for free. We'll also include a free session with your genetic counsellor before we send you the kit. And if after the call, you decide that the test is not right for you, we'll refund you every dollar.


    Some things that are good to know

    Most of the time, it takes two to tango, so we usually recommend having genetic carrier screening with your partner (if you have one). Here are a few reasons why:

    1. 70% of people who do the test find out that they are healthy carriers of at least one of the diseases we screen for. And this is not dependent on who they are, where they are from, or their personal health history. As humans, we all carry these recessive traits so this is totally normal!
    2. For most conditions, both partners must carry the same disease for there to be a risk of having a child born with that condition. That’s why it’s more useful to do the test as a couple.
    3. 2.5% of couples who have genetic carrier screening with Eugene are identified as being at risk of having a child born with one of the inherited genetic conditions found on the panel. Knowing this risk in advance can open up reproductive options and help you make empowered choices, or even avoid passing on the disease.
    4. Obviously, we’re here to help you throughout the process with counselling before and after the test so you can feel informed, prepared and empowered to make choices that feel right for you.
    5. Because you inherit your DNA from your parents and pass it on to your children, your results could have implications for all your blood relatives. We recommend that in time you should tell these important people about this – so that they too can make informed decisions about their pregnancy plans.


    If you have any questions for us, just send us an email at counsellors@eugenelabs.com or give us a call at (03) 9015 4363. Either way, you’ll get a genetic counsellor to help answer any of your questions!