Frequently Asked Questions
Won't my doctor or prenatal care provider take care of all this for me?
Health professionals' time with patients is limited for many reasons they can’t control. Your doctor or nurse practitioner can better help you get the right services if you prepare. We provide an easy-to-read, downloadable report that outlines what steps are right for you.
Can I just order genetic testing online?
Online DNA testing can be fun for people interested in genealogy or an introduction to genetic testing. But the FDA and medical societies recommend against using these services for medical purposes, and most other medical DNA testing will first require an order from a physician anyway. Why is that? DNA testing is usually just one part of the answer to a question about genetics or inherited disease.
Why does it take up to 3 days to get a report?
We all know the perils of relying too much on computer algorithms. The Mainstream Genomics team uses technology to make our job easier, but a licensed and certified genetics expert will personally review every person’s health information to create a specialized report for your provider.
I don't have any family members with genetic disorders and don’t use any medications or drugs. Do I still have a chance for birth defects?
Most children with birth defects are born to parents who do not think they have a family history and have not taken any medications or drugs. However, by learning about standard screening and having a genetics expert review your health and family history, you are taking a first step toward having a healthy family. You will also be better prepared for the standard screening tests that will likely be offered to you during pregnancy.
Do I have to have genetic screening?
No. It is your choice, and many people decide they do not want to have screening after they review the benefits and limitations. We support whatever your decision is after we provide you with unbiased and personalized information.