Private Chorionic Villus Sampling

While the NHS is a quality provider of a number of different healthcare services, increasing pressure and budget cuts mean that some areas are suffering setbacks, which can translate into longer waiting times or even fewer appointments for long term care. As a result, it is no surprise that more and more people choose to opt for private care in particular instances.

Chorionic Villus Sampling

Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) is a modern test designed to determine the genetic health of an unborn foetus at about 12 weeks of pregnancy. By carefully extracting a cluster of cells referred to as the chorionic villi from the womb, doctors can then perform a series of genetic tests which look for defective genes that can cause conditions like cystic fibrosis and Down’s Syndrome.

Why get CVS from private healthcare providers?

The main advantage of getting any kind of procedure, including CVS, from a private provider is that the test you are looking for can be scheduled quickly and at your convenience. Moreover typically speaking the NHS will only provide CVS where there is cause to pursue the test (a history of genetic illness that can be detected by CVS), you can usually get CVS done privately if you don’t have a past history of genetic disease and just want to ensure the health of your unborn baby. That being said, CVS is a procedure with a number of inherent risks, which is why chances are your doctor, whether NHS or private, will not recommend you pursue the test unless there is probably cause.

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