Genetic testing has quickly become more advanced and now routinely offers information on hundreds of genetic conditions. Starting in September 2018, Fairfax EggBank’s database will feature GenPanel+ donors – a select group of donors who have completed an expanded genetic panel. Eventually, we’ll have all new donors complete the expanded panel, as we understand how critical robust medical testing is in your quest to find the ideal egg donor.
In fact, we are all carriers for several genetic conditions, only some of which can be detected with today’s technology. It is important to note that being a carrier is not the same as actually having the genetic condition in question; in fact, carriers do not have the condition and are expected to remain healthy. The chances of a child inheriting a genetic condition will vary based on whether the egg and sperm source are carriers for the same condition(s). Being a carrier is part of being human – it’s normal.
Many male partners undergo genetic testing as part of the workup prior to donor egg IVF. Upwards of 70% will find they are a carrier for one or more genetic conditions. If you know your male partner or sperm donor is a carrier, the availability of GenPanel+ egg donors will expedite the time it takes to find a suitable match. If you don’t know his carrier status, we will recommend that he get tested, and give you time to get his results.