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Why is downs test being done so much for low risk woman ? Karen L.S. TTC since Aug 2013; 5 kids; Texas 299 posts
11th Feb '13

I have noticed a lot of women are having or being offered the blood test to test for downs when they are such a low risk of having a child with issues. I am almost 40 ,pregnant and have a higher risk of having a child with downs or other genetic issues so I elected to have the test. If a woman decides to have the test I have no problem with it but it seems unnecessary if you are low risk. Just the wait alone to hear the results is stressful. When I had my older kids in the 90's I wasn't offered this test. When did it change to offer it to most pregnant women ? I will have to ask my OB at my next visit but I was wondering if anyone had an answer. Again I have no problem with anyone who wants the test but don't understand why it is offered for low risk women.

Squeaky McGee [11 wks] Due May 7; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65292 posts
11th Feb '13

It's because the initial testing (the triple screen) is a simple blood test. If it were more invasive, like an amnio or CVS, it wouldn't be done as frequently. I refuse the testing altogether. I don't need another reason to worry.

Trinityandbraydensmom Due March 10 (girl); 3 kids; New Philadelphia, Ohio 235 posts
11th Feb '13

im 26 and they try to give it to me everytime i have a baby! i think i only took it with one of them before i knew what it was!! its become a standard blood test here i think

Chibs 2 kids; Missouri 12147 posts
11th Feb '13

It's important
And some women would chose to abort if their child had DS or related disorders

BRowell 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Bristol, TN, United States 3726 posts
status 11th Feb '13

I think it's offered to every pregnant women now. The first is just a blood test. I refused it though with both my kids.

Elle With FOUR! 4 kids; Wichita, KS, United States 18964 posts
11th Feb '13

Because being prepared is important if something is wrong, and if it's as simple and low risk as a blood draw, all the better. Also, more and more "low risk" people are having babies with problems.

Vitameatavegamin 19 kids; League City, Texas 5829 posts
11th Feb '13

I guess to be prepared if there was something wrong? Or some women would elect for an abortion if something is wrong with the baby? Only thing I can think of.

Not tellin 3 kids; Montana 55983 posts
11th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Karen Serratt:</b>" I have noticed a lot of women are having or being offered the blood test to test for downs when they ... [snip!] ... an answer. Again I have no problem with anyone who wants the test but don't understand why it is offered for low risk women."</blockquote>




Times are different, and technology has evolved. It is a less invasive test so they can offer genetic testing to anyone. They are looking for markers. They also look for DS markers in U/S via the neck to see if it is thicker than normal.



Yes, nearly 40years old puts you at a higher risk of a child with Down's syndrome. You understand why that is right? However, younger couples can have a child with DS based on genetics.

Onalee's Mummy Due August 26 (boy); 1 child; Newcastle, Australia 5355 posts
11th Feb '13

I think the dr has to offer it to his patient.



I was 17 when pregnant with my daughter and 21 now. I have opted for it both times because it would make a difference to me and I would terminate. I think it's a personal choice whether someone wants to be screened

ρiηkie ρie 3 kids; 3 angel babies; Kentucky 21902 posts
11th Feb '13

The triple screen is just a screening test. They give it to all women because it makes more sense to screen women with a simple blood test than to give every pregnant woman a level 2 ultrasound, amniocentesis, or a CVS. Only the women who test positive are sent for more testing.

♡Makeup Addiction♡ 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Milwaukee, WI, United States 4546 posts
11th Feb '13

With both my children iopted out of that test bc either way it didn't matter to me, it was my baby and i would love them no matter what

Vivialopod 2 kids; Vantaa, Finland 42788 posts
11th Feb '13

Because they're already drawing your blood anyway, so why not test for downs?

ρiηkie ρie 3 kids; 3 angel babies; Kentucky 21902 posts
11th Feb '13
Quoting Not tellin:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Karen Serratt:</b>" I have noticed a lot of women are having ... [snip!] ... with Down's syndrome. You understand why that is right? However, younger couples can have a child with DS based on genetics."

It's also important to note that while women over 40 have a higher risk, most children with DS are born to women under 40.
ETA: It also isn't JUST testing for DS, it's testing for neural tube defects and other chromosomal abnormalities such as Trisomy 18.

Jenna1234 1 child; Iowa 585 posts
11th Feb '13

I was offered the test but declined due to my OB showing me statistics of someone my age having a child with DS. I do know a certain person who wants to milk her fathers money and since as far as I know health insurance doesn't cover it, she and her mother used his money to do all the elective tests. She also was looking to get a bunch of ultrasounds. But she's an example of someone who likes to play the system, but in a lot more ways than that.

jen black 2 kids; California 2326 posts
status 11th Feb '13

They offer it to all pregnant women. You don't have to accept though. I denied both times.