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Old 12-22-2009, 02:11 PM
 
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I'm not sure if this is the right forum, but my wife and I want to get a preconception blood test to make sure that everything is ok and know if we're supposed to be on the lookout for anything.

However, it seems that her regular doctor gave her the runaround and in a non-direct way told her to not worry about it. That did not sit well with my wife.

So what kind of doctor gives this blood test and is it normally covered by insurance?
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Old 12-22-2009, 02:51 PM
 
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I'm not sure what you want to be tested for... rubella immunity for your wife, maybe? I know that some states do that when you get married. Or did you mean just a basic checkup type blood test, like CBC, blood sugars, cholesterol? If her general doctor won't do it, then she should see her gynocologist for that. I know that my gyno has ordered general bloodwork like that for me. If she's due for one, she should have her annual pap smear done at this point as well.

Or were you talking about genetic testing? For that, you should see a genetic specialist. The gyno or the general practitioner can probably run a cystic fibrosis test pre-conception... they offer that during pregnancy (or at least they did as of sevenish years ago). Anything else, she'd need to wait until she's pregnant for... there are several screening tests (it used to be called the triple screen, but I think it may be a quadruple screen now?) that are offered around 15 weeks, but it's to test the baby, so you can't have them if you're not pregnant yet.
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