Your genes carry genetic disease
We're all carriers of genetic disease. That's because our genes contain errors - or mutations. Even if we're not sick ourselves, our mutations can cause serious disease in our children.
In many cases, a child inherits a genetic disease when the man and the woman have mutations in the same gene.
To reduce the risk of having a child with genetic disease, we've developed GeneXmatch.
What is GeneXmatch?
GeneXmatch is a screening test that improves the chances of your future baby being healthy.
The test compares the genes of the prospective mother with her chosen sperm donor. By matching their genes, we're able to determine if the woman and her donor carry mutations in the same genes. In other words, we can tell if a future child is at risk of inheriting a serious disease.
GeneXmatch screens for more than 400 genetic diseases. That way, you get an added sense of security that you've chosen the right donor.
I know there is a lower risk of my future baby being born with inherited genetic disease. With that knowledge in mind, I can take the next steps on my fertility journey with a much lighter heart.
Three types of result
No long-winded reports full of medical jargon. With GeneXmatch, you get a clear and concise answer.
You're a match
You don't carry mutations in the same genes as your donor. Your child is not at risk of inheriting any of the diseases covered by GeneXmatch.
You're not a match
You and your donor carry mutations in the same genes, meaning that your child is at risk of inheriting a genetic disease.
We recommend that you choose a different donor and do a new GeneXmatch - at no extra cost.
You carry an X-linked disease
Your genes contain a mutation that could cause disease in your child if he is a boy. Our geneticist will explain your result and advise you on how to proceed with your fertility journey.
Taking the test
The process is simple. We just need you to send us a saliva sample, then we’ll do the rest. No blood and no needles necessary.
What to expect from your GeneXmatch
GeneXmatch gives you a clear answer to a burning question: is my child at risk of inheriting a genetic disease?
However, it's important to understand that GeneXmatch doesn't cover all genetically inheritable diseases. No test can give definitive answers.
GeneXmatch also can't detect mutations that may occur in the individual egg, sperm or fetus.
You'll get the result of your GeneXmatch 6 weeks after we've received your saliva sample. We send the test result to you in an email.
If you have any questions about your test result, you're always welcome to contact us.
You won't be getting a report on your genetic profile. That's because GeneXmatch focuses on the genetic fit between you and your donor, not your genetic characteristics.
Being a known carrier
Perhaps you already know that certain disorders run in your family and you want to prevent your future child from inheriting these conditions.
In that case, we recommend you to take a free Known Carrier Match. All you need in order to find a genetically compatible donor is a carrier status report detailing the condition(s) that you are a carrier of.