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Tay-Sachs, Canavan and related diseases

Family Planning

Anyone who has attended the NTSAD Annual Family Conference knows that parents of affected children or a carrier couple can conceive and bare healthy children. Sometimes it seems the healthy siblings outnumber the adults! Each family finds the path that is right for them, sometimes pursing one of the options below only to realize that another is a better fit for their family. NTSAD supports families in all their family planning choices.

Prenatal Screening

Prenatal Screening with the option to end an affected pregnancy. Read about Prenatal Screening. For those who elect to undergo a pregnancy termination, A Heartbreaking Choice offers support at www.aheartbreakingchoice.com.

Assisted Reproduction

Assisted Reproduction using donor egg or sperm. Talk to the sperm or egg bank about additional screening to be sure the donor is not a carrier of the same disease carried in your family.

Adoption

Contact the office at 1-800-906-8723 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for resources to better understand the adoption process.

Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) allows carrier couples to have their own biological children without ever facing the decision of whether or not to end an affected pregnancy by combining in vitro fertilization technology with genetic screening. It is expensive, if not infertile, part of the test may not be covered by insurance. Contact the office at 1-800-906-8723 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn about a center offering discounted PGD services for carrier couples of Tay-Sachs and other related diseases.

More Resources

Contact the office at 1-800-906-8723 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd like to talk with other families about their family planning experiences.

 

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