Talk to Your Doctor About The PreTRM® Test

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Find out if you are at risk for having a premature baby

Here are important topics to help you talk with your doctor about the PreTRM® test and knowing your personal risk for delivering your baby early

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 for you and your doctor to consider to address your risk of having a premature 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:

It can also be found in the May 2016 issue of AJOG.

Talking with your doctor about the PreTRM test

Because the PreTRM test is new, there is a chance your doctor may not be familiar with the test. We want to make sure you and your doctor have the knowledge to decide that PreTRM is right for you. Print two copies of the Doctor Discussion Guide — one for you, one for your Doctor. To receive the Doctor Discussion Guide, download the PDF or provide us your email or phone number below.

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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

The PreTRM test costs $945, which is similar to other complex laboratory test like this. Because the PreTRM test is new, it is not covered by insurance.

6. More Information

If you or your doctor would like to speak with someone about the test:

Call - 1.855.5 PreTRM (855.577.3876)
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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 — can happen to anyone. It happens in 1 in 10 pregnancies and can be dangerous for your baby!31 Knowing if you are at risk for delivering your baby prematurely gives you the power to plan and to take steps to address your risk.