Frequently Asked Questions about the Gender Prediction Test
Why should I choose the KnowtheGender test?
KnowtheGender has the following disctinct advantages
- It is the only laboratory based non-invasive DNA gender prediction test available worldwide that is performed on a simple urine sample.
- Our accuracy levels of over 99% are unparalleled.
- All testing is performed by an ISO and AABB accredited laboratory - no other laboratory offering this test is as highly accredited.
Other companies offer invasive or complicated sample procedures with potentially lower accuracy levels. On the other hand, we offer a highly accurate, easy to use test at affordable prices.
How early can I carry out the gender prediction test?
The fetal gender can be known as early as 9 weeks of pregnancy, starting from the first day fo your last menstrual period. This is the fastest method available for determining the sex of your baby. You will need to have a good idea of when you conceived; please refer how to calculate the date of conception to understand more.
You can use our pregnancy calculator to help you calculate your dates. We always recommend consulting your gynecologist or family doctor should you be unsure.
How fast will I receive the results?
Results are normally issued within 7-10 working days from the receipt of the samples at the laboratory.
What will my results state?
Results are clear and easy to understand. They will clearly state whether the analysis detected the presence of any male DNA or not.
How much urine will be required? What container will I need to put it in?
The amount of urine produced by an average human depends very much on how much water the person consumes throughout the day. However, on average, we produce about 1-2 litres per day. The required amount of urine for a gender prediction test is just 50-100 ml. The urine needs to be collected in a urine specimen cup which will be provided in our sample collection kit.
We suggest you visit our Sample Collection Guide for more information on how to collect your sample.
How long can I keep the urine specimen for? Do I need to refrigerate it?
We recommend sending off the urine as soon as possible. However for your peace of mind, please note that a purple coloured preservative will be provided in our kit to be added to the urine to stop it degrading and affecting negatively the DNA fragments found within it. It is critical that you apply this preservative to the sample whether you are sending the sample immediately or not.
If you are not able to send it immediately, then refrigerating the sample only AFTER adding the preservative will definitely help slow down degradation of the sample; degradation of urine begins just 30 minutes after collection although it is not the urine that is being tested but the DNA fragments within it.
What problems can arise by using a blood sample for this type of test?
If you have had a bone marrow transplant or a blood transfusion in the months prior to testing you cannot have the test carried out. The issue with this is the possibility of Y specific chromosomal detection yielding false positive results (in other words, the result will erroneously confirm the presence of the Y chromosome and thus, conclude that you are expecting a male)
If you have had a miscarriage or terminated a pregnancy within 3 months of your current pregnancy you should not have a baby gender test. This is due to the fact that you might have DNA circulating in your blood belonging to the fetus you were carrying previously. This can generate false results.
Sampling procedure may not be adequate for people suffering from haemophilia.
I have heard of a home urine kit that can help determine the sex of the baby. Do they work?
There are some home urine kits which claim to be able to instantly tell you the sex of your unborn child. These tests generally require the first morning urine which is mixed with a solution provided in the kit. The test relies on detecting certain hormones which pass out with the maternal urine. The hormones react to the solution to produce a different colour depending if the baby is a boy or a girl. The accuracy or reliability of this test can never be compared to analytical testing in a laboratory in terms of accuracy. The actual accuracy levels have also been questioned.
Are there any factors that may affect the accuracy of this test that cannot be controlled?
- Having naturally low levels of fetal DNA during early pregnancy.
- Vanishing Twin: some pregnancies begin with more than one fetus but one fetus terminates very early in the pregnancy. This may occur without the expecting mother’s knowledge.
Can I just use an ultra sound for baby gender testing?
It is not uncommon for pregnant women to rely on ultrasounds as a means of determining the sex of the unborn baby. The issue with an ultrasound is that it is not uncommon for them to give the wrong or indeterminate results especially in the earlier stages of pregnancy. If you want scientifically certified information on the gender of your baby at an early stage of your pregnancy then you need to perform a gender test.
Do you sell the test in India or China?
easyDNA does not sell our KnowtheGender test in China or India; nor have we provided any license for the sale of our product to either of these countries. If the test is being sold locally in either of these markets, it is not a KnowtheGender authorized sale and we do not support this product.
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