Journal of Community Genetics

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 185–192 | Cite as

Consanguineous marriages

Preconception consultation in primary health care settings
  • Hanan HamamyEmail author


Consanguinity is a deeply rooted social trend among one-fifth of the world population mostly residing in the Middle East, West Asia and North Africa, as well as among emigrants from these communities now residing in North America, Europe and Australia. The mounting public awareness on prevention of congenital and genetic disorders in offspring is driving an increasing number of couples contemplating marriage and reproduction in highly consanguineous communities to seek counseling on consanguinity. Primary health care providers are faced with consanguineous couples demanding answers to their questions on the anticipated health risks to their offspring. Preconception and premarital counseling on consanguinity should be part of the training of health care providers particularly in highly consanguineous populations.


Consanguinity Consanguineous marriages Preconception counseling Preconception consultation Premarital counseling Primary health care 


Conflict of interest

The author declares that she has no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Genetic Medicine and DevelopmentGeneva University HospitalGenevaSwitzerland

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