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Frequent Questions on Prenatal Paternity Testing by easyDNA Kenya

Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Testing - Frequent Questions

What is a non-invasive prenatal paternity test?

The term non-invasive means there is no invasion of the body - no cutting or an incision into tissues or blood cells as happens during many invasive surgical operations or investigations (such as amniocentesis or CVS). A non invasive prenatal paternity test means being able to confirm whether an alleged father is or is not the biological father of an unborn child through a standard blood draw.

What are the benefits of a non-invasive prenatal paternity test?

Our prenatal paternity test is totally safe and risk-free for the mother and baby. Testing can be relatively cheaper and more convenient (does not require anesthetics and invasive medical investigations). Results can be delivered more quickly than with non-invasive paternity testing procedures and moreover, there is no chance of misdiagnosis due to miscarriages or previous pregnancies.

What are the risks associated with Amniocentesis andor Chorionic Villus sampling?

  • Miscarriage
  • Damage to the baby’s limbs
  • Leakage of amniotic fluid - if levels fall very low, the baby’s life can be seriously endangered. (See American Pregnancy website for more info.)

How early can the prenatal DNA paternity test with a maternal blood sample be carried out?

To be able to determine whether you can carry out a prenatal paternity test you first need to determine how many weeks pregnant you are. We can carry out the test commencing at the 10th week of pregnancy – we do not recommend taking the test earlier due to low levels of fetal DNA present in the maternal blood before the 10th week.

How many weeks pregnant am I?

To calculate when you conceived you will need to know the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP). Once you know the date of the first day of your last menstrual period, it is likely that you conceived somewhere in the 2-week period following that date. Adding 9 months to that will give you an idea of the month you will likely have your baby.

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.

What will I find in the prenatal DNA testing kit? How do I collect the DNA sample?

Your kit will contain everything you need to collect the samples for the mother and alleged father. To see everything that your kit contains, go to our sample collection page.

Samples are collected via a standard blood draw. You will need to have the samples taken by a qualified nurse or your GP.

How long will my results take to be ready?

We offer a very short turnaround of just 7-10 working days from the receipt of the samples at the laboratory. Please keep in mind that issues such as incorrect sampling and missing documentation may result in delays in testing and issuing of results.

What is the cost of the non-invasive prenatal paternity test?

The cost of a non-invasive prenatal paternity in Kenya is XX for testing of one alleged father and mother. The cost includes postage of kit to the client, the kit, the return courier pouch to return your samples and laboratory analysis. For a complete price list visit our Order Page.

Are there any other costs involved?

The only additional cost you will incur is the fee for the sample collection by a nurse or GP.

What payment options are available for the test?

We accept a variety of payment options including online credit card payments, bank transfers, PayPal and Western Union. For more details visit our Payment Options page.

We also give clients the opportunity to pay a deposit of XX. Once we have the deposit payment confirmed we will send out the kit. Payment balance is due once we receive the samples at the laboratory. Please note that we will not commence testing unless the client has paid the full amount.

How accurate are the results?

If the probability that the alleged father’s DNA contains the genetic markers required of the biological father is greater than 99.9% when compared to random individuals, paternity is concluded. If the alleged father matches no better than an unrelated individual, paternity is excluded. Therefore the test is as conclusive as a standard post-birth paternity test.

It is important to note that due to genetic similarity between relatives, samples from all alleged fathers are required if alleged fathers are related to each other. This requirement applies to fathers who are distant relatives as well, such as members of a small tribe or ethnic group. In such cases any other potential fathers need to be tested. Not testing the second father in such cases can lead to an incorrect paternity inclusion. There is no charge for testing the second father except for an administration and kit fee of XXXXX.

How do I order my prenatal test?

You can order your prenatal test by going directly to our

Can previous pregnancies or miscarriages affect my results?

Fetal DNA is cleared from the maternal blood stream within a period of a few hours. There is thus no chance of misdiagnosis with our test due to this.

Will there be any issues shipping my blood samples?

The packaging and boxing we provide for our kit is purposely designed and has an Exempt Label for shipping of hazardous materials. You should encounter no problems sending your samples back to the laboratory. We also recommend sending the samples over as soon as possible after collection to minimize the delay in reaching the laboratory and potential degrading of the sample.

What about your Terms and Conditions?

There are certain situations where a refund can be requested. Please review carefully our Terms and Conditions.

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