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Family Prep Screen

Simple screening for inherited health conditions

Counsyl Family Prep Screen patients

If you’re pregnant or thinking about it, find out if you or your partner carry genetic diseases that could affect your family.

Kerri & David, with daughter Logan Counsyl Family Prep Screen patients

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    Using the most advanced technology available, we’ve combined over 100 separate DNA tests into a single screen that uses a small sample of saliva or blood.

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    Trusted by top doctors

    Counsyl has screened hundreds of thousands of people, and we work directly with a network of over 6,000 health care professionals.

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    Covered by insurance

    The Family Prep Screen is covered by most major insurance companies. Chances are yours is one of them.

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It's important to know if you're both carriers

The genes babies inherit from their parents pass along family characteristics like hair and eye color. Sometimes they also pass on genetic diseases, even if the parents don’t have any symptoms. If two people are carriers for the same condition, there’s a one in four chance their children could develop symptoms.

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A saliva collection tube, held by our Counsyl hand model, Karen T.


We can look for a variety of conditions

The Family Prep Screen looks for over 100 conditions that you could pass on to your child. Some, like Wilson disease and Phenylketonuria, can be treated early. Others, like cystic fibrosis and Bloom syndrome, require lifelong management. And some, like spinal muscular atrophy and Canavan disease have no treatments.

Knowing before you get pregnant or early in your pregnancy can make a difference in your family’s well being.

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Why get tested?

Know your risk so you can be ready

If you find out you both carry irregularities in the the same gene before you get pregnant, or early in your pregnancy, you’ll have the time to work with your healthcare provider to consider your options and make choices that feel right for you.

  • Find a specialist

    In some cases, early treatment can make a big difference. Knowing your child requires a certain type of care before birth means you can involve the right kind of specialist long before delivery.

  • Pursue in vitro fertilization

    Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), done with IVF, can greatly reduce the chances of passing on irregular genes to your baby. Fertility specialists look at the genes of several of your embryos and place the healthiest in your womb.

  • Perform prenatal diagnosis

    If you conceive naturally, doctors can perform diagnostic procedures, like chorionic villus sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis, to see if any inherited diseases were passed to your child.

  • Make other plans

    You can consider other ways of starting a family, like adoption, or egg or sperm donation. Our expert support team can provide you with resources to help you decide.


Kerri & David's story

Kerri, David, and their daughter Logan, Counsyl Family Prep Screen patients
Counsyl has given us the ability to know our risk before it affected our baby first.Kerri B. (pictured with husband David)Mother to Logan and Counsyl Family Prep Screen patient
Kerri and David in their home
Their daughter Logan
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Our process

How to get screened

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    Get started online

    Create an account. We’ll get in touch with your health care provider for the necessary approvals.

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    Screen at home

    We’ll send you a kit. Use it to send a saliva sample back to us in a prepaid envelope.

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    Get your results in ~2 weeks

    As soon as your results are available, you can access them securely online whenever you’re ready.

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    Talk with an expert

    Our genetic counselors take time to answer questions and point you toward additional resources.


Covered by most insurers

At Counsyl, we’re working hard to make genetic information accessible to anyone who wants it. We’ve partnered with most major insurance companies to cover the cost of our screens. Chances are yours is one of them.

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Talk with a genetic specialist

Board certified genetic counselors are available to answer your questions before and after testing.

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Get started today

Order online. We'll get in touch with your doctor for the necessary approvals. We'll deliver a kit straight to your door.

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