Genetic counseling provides information and support to people who have, or may be at risk for, genetic disorders. A genetic counselor meets with you to discuss genetic risks. The counseling may be for yourself or a family member. Or you may get it when you are planning or expecting a baby. You may follow up with genetic testing.
There are many reasons to seek genetic counseling. You may consider it if you :
- Have a personal or family history of a genetic condition or birth defect
- Are pregnant or planning to be pregnant after age 35
- Already have a child with a genetic disorder or birth defect
- Have had two or more pregnancy losses or a baby who died
- Have had ultrasound or screening tests that suggest a possible problem
- Frequently Asked Questions about Genetic Counseling (National Human Genome Research Institute)
- Genetic Counseling (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Genetic Counseling (March of Dimes Foundation) Also in Spanish
- Making Sense of Your Genes: A Guide to Genetic Counseling (Genetic Alliance)
- Prenatal Genetic Counseling (For Parents) (Nemours Foundation) Also in Spanish
- About Genetic Counselors (National Society of Genetic Counselors)
- Genetics: MedlinePlus Genetics (National Library of Medicine) Also in Spanish
- What to Expect When Meeting with a Genetic Counselor (American Society of Clinical Oncology)
- Genetic Counseling for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Genetic Counseling (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Personalising genetic counselling (POETIC) trial: Protocol for a hybrid type II...
- Article: Evaluation of Group Genetic Counseling Sessions via a Metaverse-based Application.
- Article: Clients' and genetic counselors' perceptions of empathy in Japan: A pilot...
- Genetic Counseling -- see more articles