The Harmony test is a screening test that can be used to assess the risk of certain genetic conditions. It is important to ensure that you understand what the test can and can’t tell you before you decide whether it is right for you.
What the Harmony Test Can Tell You
The Harmony test can be used to screen for a selection of different genetic conditions
, including the most common forms of trisomy that can cause Down’s, Edward’s and Patau’s syndrome. You will also have the option of screening for additional issues such as sex chromosome conditions. For each of these you will be told whether there is a high or low probability that the baby may have this condition.
What the Harmony Test Can’t Tell You
Although the Harmony test can provide valuable information, it is important to understand that it is a screening test not a diagnostic one. When considering the results you should remember that the test isn’t perfect so there is a chance they could be wrong. It is also important to understand that the Harmony test only screens for a limited number of genetic conditions. The Harmony test can’t tell you:
- Whether your baby definitely has this condition. Only an invasive test such as amniocentesis can do this, but there will be risks of complications including miscarriage if you have these to confirm the results of NIPT.
- If there is a probability of rare chromosomal or genetic conditions that weren’t screened for during the analysis.
- If your baby has any other health problems such as heart or brain conditions. It may be possible to detect these using ultrasound so it is important to attend your anomaly scan and any other ultrasounds even if you’ve had NIPT.