Find out If you are at risk for having a preemie
Here are 6 important topics to help you talk to your doctor about the PreTRM® test
1. The PreTRM® Test for Risk Management
The PreTRM test is an innovative blood test that predicts your personal risk of delivering prematurely for THIS PREGNANCY. The test result may enable you and your doctor to proactively manage your pregnancy. If you are at higher risk for premature birth there are established interventions designed to prolong your pregnancy, with the goal of improving the health of your baby. Knowing your risk can also help you plan and prepare. If you are at lower risk, the test may help to give you peace of mind. Click HERE to view our Patient Brochure
2. The PreTRM test description
- A proteomic blood test (a test that measures certain proteins in your blood) that is highly predictive of premature birth risk
- Given at either 19 or 20 weeks of your pregnancy
- Intended for asymptomatic patients, before symptoms of preterm labor
- Singleton pregnancy
- Results will show your individual spontaneous preterm birth risk (%) for this pregnancy
3. Validation study of the PreTRM test
The PreTRM test has been validated in a large, clinical study involving more than 5,500 pregnant patients in 11 obstetric centers across the US. The results of this study showed the PreTRM® test can identify pregnant women at risk of premature delivery early in her pregnancy and before signs of labor start.
The test validation is published as the Editors’ Choice lead article in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology: http://www.ajog.org/article/S0002-9378(16)00284-2/pdf
It can also be found in the May 2016 issue of AJOG.
4. Interventions if higher risk
Knowing you are at higher risk in your pregnancy early, before symptoms occur, allows time for you and your doctor to be proactive in working together to help prolong your pregnancy. The following interventions have been studied in selected groups of pregnant women and have shown some benefit to prolong pregnancy.1, 8-11, 18-30
- Increase office visits
- Cervical length screening & monitoring
- Cervical cerclage
- Cervical pessary
- Progesterone (according to professional guidelines)
- ‘Pregnancy Centering’
- Stress reduction
- Stop smoking
5. Insurance Coverage
Because this is a newly available test, reimbursement for the PreTRM test is currently evaluated by insurance companies on a case-by-case basis. Thus, the PreTRM test is probably not covered by your insurance, yet. The patient-pay amount is $945.
6. More Information
This PreTRM website is a great resource to become knowledgeable. If you or your doctor would like to speak with someone about the test:
Call - 1.855.5 PreTRM (855.577.3876)
eMail - Support@PreTRM.com
The PreTRM test is one of many prenatal tests to discuss with your doctor. View the Prenatal Test Checklist to use as a reference during your next check-up.
Knowledge is power
Having a baby born prematurely—before 37 weeks—is relatively frequent (1 in 10) and can be serious for your baby. It can happen to anyone! There are things you can do if you are at risk—there are established interventions that are designed to help prolong pregnancy with the goal of improving your baby’s health.