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CVS Test

My doctor has recommended a CVS? Did you have one?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: Yes, I had a CVS. It’s an invasive test, not used very commonly. It’s one of the early diagnostic tests for Down syndrome and other chromosomal disorders. I decided to do it because of my age; I was 39 when my second child was born.

The CVS is a placental biopsy for chromosomes. It’s similar to an amniocentesis, but its advantage over amnio is that it can be done earlier.        

I won’t mince words; it was painful. It can cause a lot of cramping and discomfort. Imagine a needle going into your uterus. I planned to take the whole day off after my CVS, which was a good idea.

-Stephanie Ring, MD, a mom of two sons ages six and two and an ob-gyn at Red Rocks Ob-Gyn in Lakewood, CO

The information on MommyMDGuides.com is not intended to replace the diagnosis, treatment, and services of a physician. Always consult your physician or child care expert if you have any questions concerning your family's health. For severe or life-threatening conditions, seek immediate medical attention.

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