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When should I have a genetic test done?

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Answer from: Douglas Lester, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Geneticist, Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer Fertility Genomics
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The earlier, the better. You have to be trying for a child for at least a year before you approach a clinic. If you have the resources and are trying for a year, come to us first before going to an IVF clinic. Some people wait a year for the government IVF clinics in Britain because of COVID-19; come to us. We get a result within a month, and then by the time you visit the clinic, you have an idea of maybe what’s going wrong. That’s the ideal scenario. The real world is that people have failed IVF 1, 2, 3 times.

If we find out you shouldn’t be doing IVF, switch to ICSI; that will save you heartache, time, and the least important money. Money is another consideration. The earlier, the better, but in effect anytime, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with unexplained infertility. If you’ve gone to the clinic and the gynecologist, and the sperm physiologist has looked at both the woman and the man, and there’s no explanation, it’s these people that we’d really like to help. So currently, at least a quarter of them think we’ll be able to find the genetic mutation causing their infertility, and hopefully, we can circumvent that.

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Genetic test - should I have it if I suffer from infertility?

When should you have genetic tests done? Is it the right time if you have been trying for a child for at least a year, unsuccessfully?

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