Fertility issues are one of the most addressable health issues. Advances in medicine have resulted in the creation of many options to deal with problems related to ovulation, conception and carrying a pregnancy to full term. Diagnostic tests are designed to help identify hurdles in the conception process.
NIPT (Non-invasive prenatal testing)
NIPT screening tests are a safe and non-invasive option to determine whether a pregnant woman is at an increased risk of giving birth to a baby with one of three chromosomal disorders. They are:
- Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome)
- Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome)
- Trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome)
At present, a significant number of pregnant women who have a positive screening result with currently available first trimester screening tests, go through unnecessary and stressful follow-up invasive tests such as chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis, each of which carries a small risk of miscarriage. NIPT enables pregnant women and their families to receive the information they need to make an informed choice in a much faster time frame, reducing anxiety as much as possible.
Other Routine Tests
Other routine tests available to understand and treat fertility issues are:
- Luteinizing Hormone (LH)
- Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH)
- Estradiol (E2)
- Thyroxin (T4)
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
PGS/PGD (Pre-implantation genetic screening/diagnosis)
Coming Soon. Watch this space for more information on pre-implantation genetic screening and diagnostic tests.