Your choices for having a healthy family
If either you or a family member has a serious genetic condition, you might be worried about one or more of your children inheriting that condition. In these cases you have several options available to try and make sure the condition isn’t passed down to the next generation. You can have your embryos tested (or screened) during IVF so that only healthy embryos are placed back in the womb, or you may be able to have mitochondrial donation treatment if you have mitochondrial disease. You can have one or two tests during pregnancy: a chorionic villus sampling (CVS) test or an amniocentesis test which can be used to test for hundreds of genetic conditions. If the tests come back positive you can then consider how you want to proceed with the pregnancy. Or you can consider using donor sperm, eggs or embryos or exploring adoption.