How to Carry Out a Paternity Test

Wondering who the daddy is? You are definitely not alone. Tens of thousands of paternity tests are done years in the USA alone. DNA Paternity testing is the most accurate and scientific way of determining who the father of a baby is.

Buying a paternity test

You today no longer need to go to a clinic or hospital to have a DNA test carried out. In line with changes in today’s consumer market, most people are buying paternity tests online where some of the leading laboratories and companies providing these types of tests operate. Once you have selected the company you wish to carry out your test and made your payment, you will be sent a home sample collection kit. All companies provide this kit and the kit does not vary very much from one company to the next. If you thought that the sample required might be blood samples, think again.

DNA has progressed so much that nowadays all you need to do is rub an oral swab inside the mouth and under the tongue to collect the DNA sufficient for a test. The kit will in fact contain oral swabs. You will also find a few basic precautions (such as not eating, drinking or smoking for one hour prior to collecting your samples) as well as the instructions: rub swabs for ten seconds under the tongue and then allow to dry. This method of sample collection is quick and painless and can easily be done by anybody. Once you have collected DNA samples for the alleged father and the child you can then just send them to the lab for testing.

Paternity test results

The results of a paternity test are extremely accurate. Rest assured that any doubts you had will be whipped away. If the alleged father is the biological father of the child, the result will express a percentage probability of paternity above 99.9%. If on the other hand, the alleged father is not the biological father of the child, the probability of paternity will be 0%.

Most paternity test companies base their analysis on a 16 genetic marker profile. This means they analyze 16 individual markers on the DNA profile of the father and that of the child. The biological child of a male will inherit all 16 of his or her genetic markers from her biological father – this means that paternity can only be confirmed if there is an exact match between the DNA profile of the child and of the father. To get more information about how paternity testing companies operate, click here.

Pregnant and need a paternity test?

Paternity testing during pregnancy or prenatal paternity testing used to be a risky business. It required the mother to undergo procedures such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling, in order to get samples of the baby’s DNA from inside the womb. Besides the risk of miscarriage and injury to the baby, there was the added problem of the rapidity with which the samples collected (amniotic fluid with amniocentesis and a tissue sample with chorionic villus sampling) disintegrated. Nowadays, scientists have been able to extract fetal DNA from samples of maternal blood – a revolutionary DNA paternity test that has zero percent risk and can be done with accuracy at just ten weeks.


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  1. Hi, Pepper. I know someone who needs paternity testing done to his child. Hahaha. Makes me wonder how she can’t be sure. Great info. :)

  2. That’s good for women and bad for men who wants to run away from their obligation.

  3. Escape Manila says

    I think this is common in the states as it is a right of the father to know if indeed the child is his. Just wondering if the mother herself requested for it though, must be poly. Hahahah

  4. This does make paternity test more convenient and less drama.

  5. Hitech na talaga ang mga medical testing procedures ngayon. Madali na at convenient, safe pa!

  6. wow this is something more convenient now especially that in our country we don’t have such test, thanks for sharing

  7. Interesting ah. I didn’t know people can order testing kits online. Akala ko you still need to go to a hospital or clinic to get this done. This is progress!

  8. Jonas Labagala says

    I really like this innovation in the medical field. They made the tests more convenient and less scary. :D

  9. I’m pretty sure this less emotional and easy way of collecting DNA Samples makes test convenient .

  10. I am sure I won’t need it! Lol! But don’t you just love what science can do! Amazing!

  11. kakaiba to ah.well, i guess technology has evolved a lot. Meron na ba nito sa PH?

  12. Great inventions and nice deal we have here. At least the question that wanted to give an end is already easy to acquire.

  13. Great article! This is actually the first paternity test article I’ve ever read. Not that I search these out; so far, I’m safe! :P

  14. A great medical apparatus that men will worry about. LOL Kidding aside, this stuff will come in very handy sa mga paternity cases.

  15. Interesting post. I am going to have to do this with my baby, not because I am unsure of who the father is, but because the father doubts the paternity which is sadly ridiculous and it is needed in order to secure maintenence from him. A large number of women and men (for their babies of course) need these tests for a variety of reasons.

  16. Easy to check if you are the real daddy or not.But how about the price/charge? How much does it cost?

  17. Though is something that sometimes cannot be avoided. Paternity test will really help in determining the claim of somebody. However, personally, I get pregnant and the man has hesitations, I won’t waste my time and money with him anymore.

  18. That would be very easy for moms and dads, too! I bet this costs much but worth the peace of mind it will give.

  19. DNA testing made easy, great news! Thanks for the infos here.

  20. Great informative post. This one will be useful for people who wanted to do some paternity test by themselves.

  21. Although there is a convenience in bringing home the collection kit for paternity test I think it is still best if the collection is done in the hospital.

  22. Excellent post. reliability and professionalism enables DNA Diagnostics Centre to be a leading DNA test provider. Our accurate DNA testing process that tests all legal samples twice provides us with a 100% track record for perfect results.

  23. wow i did not know that you can now order this online, too. such convenience, especially for those who are in dire need of one, right? ;)

  24. Paternity Test is not needed if we dont have multiple sexual relationship

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