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Non Invasive Prenatal Test

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Does anyone of you had the Non Invasive Prenatal Test done for your pregnancy? How was your experience? Were you satisfied with the result? Which test you had and which clinic did you go to? Was it a false negative or false positive? Do you know anyone with a false negative or false positive experience?

Its a lot of questions but would be lovely if some of you can share your experience.

I know its an expensive test and most probably our health insurance is not going to pay for it because of our age. But looking at our family history we want to get it done. And we looked there are so many in the market. We would be super glad if we can get genuine feedback here.

We were getting worried about being good parents in the future. I guess we never knew bringing a child in the world is the most difficult task ever. My respect had grown for every parent who is on the other side of the line already

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Re: Non Invasive Prenatal Test

The first step would be to go to your doctor. They will do more of a risk assessment test as the first step (they look at the ultra sound, parent's age, etc) and then determine if you are a higher risk or not.

If your doctor determines you are at a higher risk, then insurance now HAS to cover the costs of the additional test (if you choose to have it, you do not have to have it). With our first, we were not high risk, now with the second we were and we had the Harmony blood test done. The cost was around 1000chf but was fully covered by our insurance. The results are more than 99% accurate. You can read more about the test here. http://www.ariosadx.com/. I did the test right at my doctor's office (no need to go to a special clinic as the dr takes blood and sends it in).

The baby is not due until Feb so I can't tell you yet whether the test was accurate in our case.
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Re: Non Invasive Prenatal Test

We are in the exact same situation as you are - considering whether to do the NIPT or not. A week or so ago our doctor determined that we are at low risk and advised us not to spend so much money for such a test (but we still haven't completely ruled out doing it). He said the problem with NIPT is it will still not give us certainty (as you very well know the only certain test is the invasive one).

The doctor said if the risk was low NIPT is very unlikely to bring anything and it costs a lot, if the risk is higher then it's definitely worth doing it.

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The results are more than 99% accurate.
Actually that's just a marketing thingy.. it's lower than that. Much lower.
http://www.downsyndromeprenataltesti...tal-screening/
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Re: Non Invasive Prenatal Test

Thanks @canuckchick for sharing your experience. I wish you all the best and hopefully all will turn out just for the best. Fingers crossed!

@nenadbasel I so get you with the 99% accuracy thing. I also researched that a lot since there are also more false positives and odd false negatives.
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Re: Non Invasive Prenatal Test

@nenadbasel this explains quite a lot.link
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We were getting worried about being good parents in the future. I guess we never knew bringing a child in the world is the most difficult task ever. My respect had grown for every parent who is on the other side of the line already
I am no longer up to date on testing, but I do remember studying the details of the testing in great detail (my Ex is an md), and her losing even more sleep than I did.

What I can offer is the suggestion that you should get the best advice and testing you can if only to set your mind at ease. In about 14 months you will not believe how precious sleep will have become.
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Re: Non Invasive Prenatal Test

@JagWaugh...its so funny my sister also called up today morning and she also said the same thing

She had a baby last year (though not in Switzerland)
She told me she was just so happy that she was pregnant and was not even reading so much like me about all that on internet. She was very happy during her 9 month pregnancy and now has a healthy baby boy ( touchwood)

I think i should just put all these stress away and just follow each doctor appointment as it goes and not read more into it before time.
Thank you as always for your kind words
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@JagWaugh...its so funny my sister also called up today morning and she also said the same thing

She had a baby last year (though not in Switzerland)
She told me she was just so happy that she was pregnant and was not even reading so much like me about all that on internet. She was very happy during her 9 month pregnancy and now has a healthy baby boy ( touchwood)

I think i should just put all these stress away and just follow each doctor appointment as it goes and not read more into it before time.
Thank you as always for your kind words
Actually, the first thing our doctor advised us was to stop reading online forums. I failed to follow that I guess Hope the OH is smarter than me...
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Actually, the first thing our doctor advised us was to stop reading online forums. I failed to follow that I guess Hope the OH is smarter than me...
So true!! We should be grateful that we got a chance to experience this phase of life and should be happy and make some happy hormones
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Re: Non Invasive Prenatal Test

My Ob/Gyn also told the same about the non-invasive prenatal test, that it's not as accurate as the invasive one. So we decided to go through the invasive one (I had the CVS). And she made sure that I was handled by a doctor that has a lot of experiences with the test (I had it done at USZ).

Good luck with whatever you and your partner decide. The best is to enjoy the pregnancy
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