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Amniocentesis Prenatal Paternity Test

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What Is An Amniocentesis Paternity Test?

Amnio Prenatal Paternity

An Amniocentesis Paternity Test is done in most cases between 14 and 20 weeks, although there are a few medical facilities that state they will perform amniocentesis as early as 11 weeks. Amniocentesis can be used to confirm paternity. It is also a medical diagnostic procedure that may be recommended by your healthcare provider to determine if genetic disorders may be present in the fetus.

A sonogram is used to guide the needle to enter the amniotic sac, so the extraction of fluid can occur.  A sample of amniotic fluid is collected through the needle. The procedure takes about 45 minutes, although the collection of fluid takes less than five minutes. The amniotic fluid, which contains cells shed by the fetus, is sent to the laboratory for analysis and is compared to a DNA sample from the possible father(s) to determine paternity conclusively.

How Safe Is Amniocentesis

Amniocentesis is considered a safe procedure, however, it is recognized as an invasive diagnostic test that does pose potential risks. It is estimated (Mayo Clinic) to be done about 200,000 times a year.  The risk of miscarriage ranges from 1 in 400 to 1 in 200. In facilities where amniocentesis is performed regularly, the rates are closer to 1 in 400.

Amniocentesis Paternity Test Sample Collection

With our testing, the kit you need for Amniocentesis is part of the package price. We’ll send it to you or your doctor using USPS Priority mail. Inside the kit, you’ll find everything you require for collecting samples: tubes for the mother’s fluid sample and buccal swabs for the alleged father. We include step-by-step instructions to make the process easy. Returning the samples is hassle-free, too, thanks to a prepaid overnight return mailer included in the kit.

For those needing results for legal purposes, we’ve got you covered. We’ll provide the necessary chain of custody, ensuring the sample’s integrity. Please note that in legal cases, we can only send the kit directly to your physician.

The Processing Time For Amniocentesis Paternity Testing

Once our AABB-accredited lab receives all the DNA samples for analysis, you can typically expect results in just 5 business days. As soon as they’re ready, we’ll email you with the results, presented in an easy-to-understand format.

Amniocentesis is an invasive procedure, and we suggest that you speak with your physician about the risks involved in this type of prenatal testing. Our testing cost does not include any physician fees for collecting the prenatal sample.

There are other DNA test options for discovering who the father of the child is during pregnancy. If you want to see the other prenatal tests taht we offer, just click on Prenatal Paternity Testing.

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