For Patients

The Fertility23 expert team is dedicated to supporting you on your fertility journey by unlocking the power of your whole genome. Our unique clinical insights can provide your treating doctor with information on what next steps you should take to help you achieve a successful pregnancy.

Q&A for Patients

We have the answers to your questions

What is whole genome sequencing?

From one simple blood test our team at Fertility23 analyses your entire whole genome, mapping every A, T, C and G that makes up your 3 billion base pairs in your DNA. The information we discover enables your doctor to help you make the best decisions for your fertility treatment. Your genome is the same throughout all the cells in your body and is specific to each individual. Accurate whole genome sequencing is only required to be done once in your life, as the data is able to be re-analysed overtime as your health changes.

Why is pharmacogenomics important in infertility?

Pharmacogenomics simply means optimising your medication to best suit your genetic makeup. It identifies how your own genome potentially influences your response to certain medications. Your unique response to these medications can impact their effectiveness for your fertility outcome.

What is Reproductive Carrier Screening?

Reproductive carrier screening is an important step in a patients journey with unexplained infertility, as it can give you vital information you may not have known otherwise. It is preformed to tell you if you are a carrier for three commonly inherited genetic conditions: cystic fibrosis (CF), fragile X syndrome (FXS) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). This is recommended for all women prior to pregnancy.

Why being a carrier can impact your fertility?"

If you are a female patient who is found to be a carrier of an autosomal recessive condition (an inheritable condition if both parents are carriers), we would highly recommend your male partner to be screened. Once your partner’s results are available our genetic counsellors will help you both to understand the risks of having a child with a certain genetic condition.

What is Fertility23 Expanded Carrier Screening?

Our comprehensive Expanded Carrier Screening will provide you with insights which determines your risk of passing a genetic condition on to your future children.

Do I need a GP referral?

We recommend that you provide us with a GP or specialist referral. This will ensure that your treating clinicians can explain your results and help you make the right decisions for you as well as provide continued care at each stage of your life.

What is the benefit of Fertility23 Whole Genome Sequencing?

Whole genome sequencing looks at the entire DNA, the primary purpose of sequencing your genome is to obtain information of medical value for fertility treatment. Fertility23 Genomic sequencing can provide information on genetic variants for fertility health, how you respond to specific medication and risks of passing a genetic condition to your future children. We can also provide insights and treatment uncovered from reviewing your genome when you are ready to discuss this with your treating clinician.

Should my partner be tested as well?

We highly recommend that if you are planning on starting a family, both you and your partner should get tested at the same time to prevent delays in reviewing test results.

How long will it take to receive my Fertility23 Fertility Genome report?

Your results will be available within 8 weeks from the time you provide your blood sample. Your referring clinician or doctor recommended by us, will be provided with your report and released to you once your clinician has reviewed it with you.