Yes, it is possible.
- ■ Non-invasive Prenatal Paternity Testing is a Reliable Testing Method
- ■ Test Pricing・Processing Time
- ■ What is a Non-invasive Prenatal Paternity test?
- ■ Blood Sample Collection at a Hospital
- ■ How to Collect DNA Samples
- ■ From when is it Possible to do a Non-invasive Prenatal Paternity test?
- ■ Customer Testimonials
- ■ Customer Support
Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity Testing is a Reliable Testing Method
Accuracy of a Non-invasive Prenatal Paternity Test
We often receive inquiries about how accurate a prenatal paternity test is.
A mother and her unborn baby share blood through the placenta, how the baby receives oxygen and nutrients from the mother.
In 2000 it was confirmed that fetal cells can be detected in a mother`s blood, and this discovery has made it possible to confirm genetic or congenital disorders.
In 2012, a method for comparing the DNA types of the father and the fetus was first developed in the US.
In the early development of the process, there were accuracy issues and concerns about sample storage. However, the testing method has since made huge advancements, and is now considered a highly accurate testing method in countries all over the world.
Test Pricing・Processing Time
Test Prices (tax not included)
Personal DNA test: 159,000 yen
Test Processing Time (in business days)
Express Test Results: 5～10 business days (+20,000 yen)
Standard Test Processing Time: 10～16 business days
* Processing Time is counted in business days. Saturday, Sunday and National holidays are not counted as business days. (Our laboratory follows the Japanese calendar)
* Please note that refunds for express test results cannot be issued in the event that processing is delayed due to delivery mishaps or poor sample conditions.
What is a Non-Invasive Prenatal Paternity test?
In general, it is possible to do prenatal paternity testing from the 7th or 8th week of pregnancy as the amount of fetal cells present in the mother`s blood increases. The amount of fetal cells detectable in the mother`s blood can differ from person to person, with cases of successful DNA tests as early as 6 weeks being reported, as well as unsuccessful DNA tests at 24 weeks. While there can be a wide range, it is generally possible to test from the 8th week of pregnancy and on.
Clients that have had blood samples collected in the 8th week of pregnancy or later are eligible for a free re-test or refund in the event that the first DNA test was unsuccessful.
See the <Calculating Pregnancy Gestation Period>
There are 2 types of Invasive Prenatal Paternity testing. One is to test the fetus that has been excised during an abortion surgery, and the second is to test the amniotic fluid from the amniotic sac or chorionic villi from a small sample of the placenta.
For an amniocentesis test or CVS (Chorionic Villus Sampling), there is risk of damage to the fetus and there are not many obstetrics and gynecologists that will perform the procedure for the purpose of paternity testing. Although invasive prenatal paternity tests are nearly half the price of non-invasive prenatal paternity tests, there are cases where invasive testing ends up more expensive overall, as the surgery involved with sample collection for amniocentesis/CVS tests can be expensive.
Blood Sample Collection at a Hospital
A mother`s blood sample is needed for non-invasive prenatal paternity testing (and optional prenatal gender test), and an amniotic fluid sample (or chorionic villi) is needed for an amniocentesis or CVS test.
We can introduce a hospital in your area that can collect blood samples for DNA testing. Blood samples must be sent to our office the same day that collection is taken. Please note that only blood samples taken from the 8th week of pregnancy and later can be used.
From the 6th week of pregnancy, a fetus`s DNA can be detected in the mother`s blood. It is possible to determine biological relationships by analyzing DNA from the mother, the fetus and the alleged father(s).
In general, the later in the pregnancy the more fetal cells can be detected in a mother`s blood, and from the 8th week on they reach a level at which DNA testing can be done.
For an amniocentesis or CVS test, there is an additional fee for the surgical procedure for sample collection. The price varies by clinic, however in general ranges from 50,000 to 100,000 yen.
Also, as there is a risk of harm to the fetus for amniocentesis and CVS tests, there are not many hospitals that will perform the procedure for the purpose of a DNA test.
How to Collect DNA Samples
Cheek Swab Samples from the Alleged Father Can be Used
For non-invasive prenatal paternity testing the mother provides a blood sample, and the alleged father provides a buccal (inner cheek) swab sample. If a cheek swab sample cannot easily be obtained, it is possible to test non-standard samples such as a toothbrush or semen. While accuracy of the test is not affected by the type of sample used, a test can be unsuccessful if the condition of the sample is poor.
Unlike with an amniocentesis or CVS test, for non-invasive prenatal paternity testing a variety of non-standard sample types (asides from a toothbrush or semen, cigarette butts, hair strands, nail clippings, etc.) can be tested for the alleged father.
The cost of prenatal paternity tests is much higher than other relationship DNA tests.
Sample Collection for a legal DNA test
In cases of child custody or inheritance suits where legal DNA tests are required, consent is needed from all test participants, and a meeting with an unbiased third-party specialist is required for sample collection and paperwork submission.
We can arrange for third-party specialists to meet with our clients nationwide, not just near out Tokyo and Osaka office locations.
If you cannot have a blood sample collected at your usual hospital, we can introduce a hospital in your area that can collect samples for DNA testing.
We will cover the shipping costs for sending the sample to us, as well as the fee for the third-party meeting (in cases of using one of our branch offices or affiliated law office locations). Blood sample collection fee to the hospital however is the responsibility of the client.
From when is it Possible to do a Non-invasive Prenatal Paternity test?
In general, it is possible to do prenatal paternity testing from the 7th or 8th week of pregnancy as the amount of fetal cells present in the mother`s blood increases. The amount of fetal cells detectable in the mother`s blood can differ from person to person, with cases of successful DNA tests as early as 6 weeks being reported, as well as unsuccessful DNA tests at 14 weeks. While there can be a wide range, it is generally possible to test from the 8th week of pregnancy and on.
As testing is done with just 10ml of blood for the mother`s sample, it is recommended that sample collection be done from at least the 8th week of pregnancy.
See the <Calculating Pregnancy Gestation Period>
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I ordered a non-invasive prenatal paternity test.
Thank you for introducing a hospital near me where I could have my blood sample collected. The staff that I spoke with was very professional and helpful. I didn`t think I would be able to find a hospital in my area that would allow blood samples for DNA testing, so I was very grateful.
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