In the U.S., for instance, brokers like the Ovarian Genetic Technology Corp. and The Orangewood Genetics LLC are popular.
They’re both affiliated with a firm called Ovarian Technology Corp., which says it provides “research, genetic testing, genetic counseling, genetic medicine, and genetic counseling for women who have fertility problems.”
In Europe, the BioMedica Group, a U.K.-based company, offers genetic testing for women with fertility problems.
For couples seeking an embryo for a baby, though, these brokerages may be best suited.
“For some people, they’re the most convenient,” says Rachel Kagan, director of the reproductive medicine and health program at Boston University School of Medicine.
For women who don’t have children, a genetic counselor or other surrogate may be more practical, Kagan says.
“There are no guarantees, but it’s a good idea to have a genetic counsellor.”
To get an embryo, a woman must go to the lab to get an X-ray and scan it.
After that, she goes to a broker or other genetic counselor to get tested for a mutation that can cause a genetic problem.
Genetic counselors will tell you which mutations they’re seeing.
“That can take a couple of days,” Kagan said.
Then, the surrogate mother will be given a blood sample.
The woman who gets the sample has the option to take the test again after a month.
“We know a lot of couples, when they have problems with their X-rays and blood samples, they think it’s not their genetic problem,” Kagin says.
But there’s a small chance that the problem isn’t their fault, she says.
The tests can detect mutations that could be the cause of the problem, and there are many of them.
And while the risk of a genetic test negative is low, it can make a difference in your pregnancy.
But if the problem is the result of something else, like a genetic mutation, you may need a second test.
“If you do have an abnormal X-spots, your risk of miscarriage is actually higher than if you had an abnormal pregnancy,” Kagoz said.
If you have a problem with your X-spot, the test can give you a good indication of how much of the mutation you have.
A genetic counselor, like an embryo buyer, can tell you what genetic mutations are most common in your body and the risk they present for miscarriage, Kagozy says.
And it’s important to know that if your X test reveals a genetic risk, it won’t necessarily mean that you’re going to miscarry.
“When the test comes back positive, we know that we’re having a problem,” she says, adding that her clinic will sometimes provide the woman with a second X-scan.
“So you can take it with caution.”
In fact, she adds, many genetic counselors don’t know that X-testing can show a risk of miscarriages.
It may be too early to tell, Kondo says.
So, the next time you’re shopping for a pregnancy surrogate, think carefully about which broker you want.
Kondo recommends contacting your genetic counselor first.
“They’re going be able to talk with you and understand how the process works, how to best use it,” she said.
The genetic counselor may also recommend other genetic tests.
And, if your genetic test shows that the mutation is in the mother’s DNA, she’ll give you some additional advice about what to do with the test result.
“This is going to be a test that we will see again and again in the future, and hopefully, you won’t have to worry about it again,” Kondo said.
“But it’s something to keep in mind.”
For more information on pregnancy surrogacy, visit: pregnancyresearcher.org.
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