Edited by the Chocoholic Girl
Discovering what our options were was difficult for me because the information is so dispersed, online and in real life. This post is your one-stop to answering the burning question “What do we do now? What are our options“. It’s a long one but I promise it’ll be worth your while. (Just remember to share.)
Having healthy children is a priority for most couples. To achieve this, ensuring that your partner is medically compatible is often an important step. Since you are reading this post, I’ll assume you are AS, SS or knows someone who is, then you’ll agree with me when I say our genotype is that silent factor that defines who you date or dump, for fear of having children born with the dreaded SS genotype, known as Sickle Cell Anemia.
Now, at the risk of telling you what you already know, I’ll start with the basics but I’ll be brief. Statistically, for two Sickle Cell Carriers (i.e AS and AS genotype) there’s a 25% chance of having a child with the Sickle Cell disease (i.e 1 out of 4 children).
Please keep in mind that this 25% chance is not a rule, it’s a probability and probabilities are based on uncertainty. Let me explain: A couple could have all 4 healthy children and none with the disease, others all 4, 3, 2 or 1 with the disease. To be honest, it comes down to luck. To learn about the impact of Sickle Cell Disease on the family, click here.
That said, grab your partner and brace yourself while we explore your options.