- Boy or girl? Find out as early as the 8th week of pregnancy
- Just £199 for confidential results in 7 working days, or upgrade to our express 4-day service for an extra £60
- Simple blood collection methods
- 100% safe. There is no risk of miscarriage
- Award-winning UK laboratory
Non-invasive baby gender testing you can trust from only £199
Our DNA gender test can accurately and non-invasively determine the gender of a baby before birth.
Ultrasound is often used to determine the gender of an unborn baby during a mid-pregnancy scan at around 16 weeks. However, this shouldn’t be relied upon because it can often give wrong results. If the technician can’t get a clear view of the baby’s genitals, it may not be possible to tell for sure. The baby may be positioned awkwardly, the scan may not be as clear as needed or the technician may not have the sufficient expertise to interpret the image. The only way to scientifically determine the gender of your baby – at a much earlier stage of your pregnancy – is with a baby gender DNA test.
How does the baby gender test work?
The gender test requires a blood sample from the mother. This blood sample is processed to determine if a foetal DNA is present within the mother’s bloodstream. Our DNA scientists use a laboratory technique called Next Generation Sequencing to analyse the expectant mother’s blood and look for any Y-chromosomal DNA.
Everyone has a pair of sex chromosomes in each cell. The Y chromosome is present in males, who have one X and one Y chromosome, while females have two X chromosomes. As the Y chromosome is male-specific, the detection of a Y chromosome is indicative of a male child. If foetal DNA is detected without a Y chromosome it is indicative of a female child.
Boy or girl? Find out as early as the 8th week of pregnancy
Quick, accurate and safe test
The gender baby test is a non-invasive DNA test, which means that there is no risk to the mother or the unborn child when taking this test. A blood sample is all that is needed, which is usually taken from the mother’s arm. However, the mother must be at least 8 weeks’ pregnant to ensure that any Y chromosome present is at a detectable level.
The results will be available in 4 or 7 working days.
Please note that the results of the baby gender DNA test are for information purposes to help with planning for your baby’s arrival. Knowledge of the gender of the baby can help when preparing baby showers, decorating nurseries and buying clothes, etc. The results of this test are not to be used for the purpose of gender selection.
What are the steps involved in a baby gender test?
Obtaining one of our baby gender tests could not be easier.
1. Order your baby gender test online by clicking the Order Your Test Here button or call AlphaBiolabs on 0333 600 1300.
2. Choose your method of sample collection:
- Have your blood sample taken at one of our nationwide Walk in Centres;
- Have one of our sample collectors visit a place that is convenient to you; or
- Organise your own blood sample collection from a trained medical professional
3. Receive your baby gender results via email.
Get your results in 7 working days for £199 or upgrade to an express 4-day service for an additional £60.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the baby gender test work?
What exactly does non-invasive mean?
When is the earliest I can take a baby gender test?
The mother must be at least 8 weeks’ pregnant to ensure the Y chromosome (if present) is at a detectable level. Otherwise, the test may be inconclusive and may require a recollection.
You can use our pregnancy calculator to work out how many weeks pregnant you are.
How safe is the test? What are the risks?
How accurate is the test?
This is a highly accurate method. However, the mother must be at least 8 weeks pregnant to ensure the Y chromosome (if present) is at a detectable level. Otherwise, the test may be inconclusive and may require a recollection.
A blood transfusion by the mother may complicate analysis, and a bone marrow/stem cell transplant could also affect results.
What samples are required?
What are the options for sample collection?
The blood sample is time sensitive and needs to be collected by a nurse, a phlebotomist or an AlphaBiolabs fully trained sample collector. You can arrange the blood sample collection yourself, or have it collected at one of our nationwide Walk in Centres. Alternatively, we can arrange for a sample collector to visit you at an address of your choice.