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Genetic counselors are specialists who are trained in understanding how birth defects or medical conditions run in families. Meeting with a genetic counselor will help you understand more about your health conditions, health conditions that run in your family, and health conditions that can be passed along to your children.
Genetic counseling is usually the first step a person takes when deciding whether to have genetic testing. Genetic counseling can help you understand the risks and benefits of genetic testing as well as what to expect if tests are done. Genetic counseling can also take place after genetic testing to help you understand the results.
People who have children, are pregnant, or want to become pregnant
People who have genetic conditions or want to know about their risk
Talk with your health care provider to understand the risks and benefits of genetic counseling so that you can make a decision that is right for you and your family.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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