What is genetic counseling?

The goal of genetic counseling is to help you learn more about the causes of genetic conditions and how they affect you.

Genetic counselors can:

  • Review your family and medical histories.
  • Explain how genetic conditions are passed down through families.
  • Figure out if you or your family members are at risk for disease.
  • Find and give you information about genetic conditions.
  • Offer guidance to help you make informed choices or life plans.
  • Provide information about testing options and help you decide what is best for you and your family.
  • Help you find referrals to medical specialists, advocacy and support networks, and other resources.