What is GeneXmatch?
GeneXmatch is a service from European Sperm Bank to you, as a natural step on your fertility journey. Our donors are selected based on thorough genetic testing to optimise the chances for healthy babies but obviously, you as the prospective mother also bring your genes into the process.
Today we know about thousands of diseases that can be passed on to a child via the combination of the man’s and the woman’s genes. All individuals are healthy carriers of at least one serious inheritable disease. GeneXmatch is an offer to you who wishes to minimise the risk of disease causing combinations in the genes from you and your donor.
What we do
With GeneXmatch we test your genes and match them to the genes of your chosen donor to identify risks of more than 390 autosomal recessive diseases. In addition, you will be screened for 12 X-linked diseases including Fragile X Syndrome. Genetic counselling is always provided by us, if required. We can provide GeneXmatch for all donors with straws except for US donors.
Benefits of GeneXmatch
Limitations of GeneXmatch
Does not cover all inheritable diseases
Does not detect spontaneously occurred mutations in the egg, sperm or fetus
The only thing we need from you is a saliva sample. You will receive a test kit from us with full instructions on how to provide and return your sample. You will get your result approximately four weeks after the lab has received your sample.
You will receive the result of your GeneXmatch in an email from us and your result will be one of the following options:
- You are a non-carrier of any of the X-linked diseases + your chosen donor is a match
- You are a non-carrier of any of the X-linked diseases + your chosen donor is not a match. Chose a new donor at no extra cost
- You are a carrier of an X-linked disease and we ask you to contact us for genetic counselling.
Genetic matching for women who are known carriers of autosomal recessive diseases
We also offer a match for women who have previously been carrier tested for autosomal recessive diseases and are known carriers of one or more diseases. European Sperm Bank will request a copy of the woman’s genetic report and the woman must choose two donors to secure a match. The price is the same as for GeneXmatch.
If the disease carried by the woman is included in the GeneXmatch panel we will recommend our GeneXmatch product since the match will include a large number of recessive genes in addition to her known disease.