Ten years ago, very few people had heard of paternity testing, and it was an expensive and slow process. We are now all familiar with the term, which is spoken of freely on daytime TV, with programs dedicated to revealing the paternity of a child in the full glare of the public eye.
Despite paternity testing becoming accessible and affordable to all and just another part of our daily lives, there is still a lot of mystery and myth surrounding the process itself.
Here are the top 5 myths about paternity testing.
1. The only way to get a conclusive result is to use a blood sample
All cells in your body, with the exception of red blood cells, contain DNA. The standard way to collect DNA now is with a mouth swab. Many people believe that saliva is being collected, but in fact the lab requires the loose cells on the inside of the cheek. A simple rub with a cheek swab collects enough DNA for multiple tests and it is quick and completely painless. The only time blood samples are needed is if you require a prenatal paternity test.
2. Paternity testing can only be done once the baby is born
Paternity testing can be undertaken during pregnancy using a safe, non-invasive prenatal paternity test. All that is required is a blood sample from the mother and alleged father. Testing must be carried out at least eight weeks into the pregnancy and is completely safe for the mother a fetus. This is an invaluable test, which can give a mother peace of mind throughout her remaining pregnancy.
3. My ex-partner will never agree to a test so I can never prove paternity
There are other ways to prove a biological relationship to a person who is unavailable or unwilling to do a paternity test. If the parents of the alleged father are willing to provide a sample, then a grandparent test can be run. Other familial test are available, so speak to an accredited lab for more information.
4. Paternity testing is very expensive
There are now excellent laboratories carrying out high-quality paternity testing at very affordable prices. For a test run at a fully accredited lab, you would pay in the region of £99. It really is a small sum to pay for a lifetime of peace of mind.
5. I can’t do paternity testing because one of the parties is overseas
Many accredited labs now have a network of global doctors and nurses who can collect samples for you; so just because one party is overseas, they will still be able to arrange a DNA Test for you with no problem. Because the swabs that are used are so reliable, the samples will still be good even after a long transit time. As long as all participants are willing, it should be possible to test them anywhere in the world.
When it comes to something as potentially life-changing as paternity testing, don’t believe the myths you may hear. Instead, get the facts by thoroughly researching your options: Check customer reviews and laboratory accreditations to ensure your results are in knowledgeable and trusted hands.
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