Discover the sex of your baby

Elwanda Tulloch

From now on, it is possible to know the sex of your baby before birth. Indeed, no more need to wait until full term, or to make repeated ultrasounds to know if your baby is a girl or a boy. Now with the gender test, you can find out the sex […]

Discover the sex of your baby

From now on, it is possible to know the sex of your baby before birth. Indeed, no more need to wait until full term, or to make repeated ultrasounds to know if your baby is a girl or a boy. Now with the gender test, you can find out the sex of your baby as early as 7 weeks. This compares favorably to an ultrasound that will reveal the sex starting after the 22nd week. All you will need to do is make an appointment at one of our service locations for a blood test. Following this, you will be able to find out if you are pregnant with a girl or a boy.

A new genetic precision technique

Prenatal sex testing is a new genetic precision technique. It determines the sex of the fetus using the mother’s blood. The sex is determined using the chromosomes. If the Y chromosome is present in the mother’s blood, the baby’s sex is male, while if it is not, then it will be a female baby. The accuracy of the test is over 99.5% from the 7th week of pregnancy.

Avoid home tests

For this type of test to be reliable, it must be done by intravenous blood sampling. This is the only method that guarantees there is no male contamination of the samples. In fact, ForceDNA only does the prenatal sex test when the blood is collected at the clinic. Blood is taken from the pregnant mother’s arm intravenously into a sterile collection tube. The risk of contamination is therefore reduced and the test is 99.5% reliable.

Home tests for girls or boys should be avoided

If you do the test yourself at home as offered by some laboratories, either with urine or with a piercing of the fingertip to put a drop of blood on a collection card, the risk of male contamination may distort the results. If the test is done with urine, the results may be falsely male if the mother has had intercourse with a man in the last 24 hours before the test. If a man opens the kit or touches the kit, the home test can be falsified. These risks of error are avoided when the test is done in a clinic with a blood draw.

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