Genetic Counselling

For carriers or possible carriers it is advisable to undergo genetic counselling preferably before becoming pregnant. Genetic counselling will provide you with information to enable you to make an informed decision in relation to family planning. It will also be an opportunity to address issues that you or your partner or family have about passing on haemophilia to your child.


Genetic Testing - The Process
  1. A member of the family who has haemophilia should initially give blood samples.
  2. Blood samples are taken from the person being tested
  3. DNA is extracted and the sample is screened for the mutation.
  4. The result is given to the person who was tested, results in extreme cases may take 1 - 2 years
  5. A repeat sample is taken for confirmation.
  6. The patient is registered on the NCHCD database.


How can I be tested to see if I am a Carrier?
By phoning the National Centre for Hereditary Coagulation Disorders on 01 4162141 / 01 4162142 for advice and appointment.


Please also note
  • A member of your family with or carrying haemophilia must initially give blood samples.
  • The Clinic is co-ordinated by Clinical Nurse Specialist.
  • Results may take 1 - 2 years.
  • A follow up appointment is sent when results are available.
  • A confirmatory sample is requested when attending for results of initial sample