Many parents wish to know the sex of their baby for a variety of reasons. This may be reliably evident from 12 weeks, but in any case, we are happy to identify your baby’s gender as early as possible.
Please note that while ultrasound is very accurate in gender recognition, it may not always be 100% reliable.
As we are professionals in fetal health, we believe that the most important information for expecting mothers is the knowledge of the health and well-being of their baby, rather than just the gender. However, since we perform a thorough top-to-toe examination of your baby during every scan, we would be able to tell you the sex of the baby if you wish.
If you would like a quick and cheap gender scan, there are plenty of alternative service providers for this.
We have noticed an increase in parents choosing to not know the sex of their baby, as they wish to leave it as a surprise for birth. We completely understand and support any parents who make this decision.
As with any other organ, abnormalities may be present on external genitalia, which we routinely check for during imaging. While it is impossible to exclude all fetal sex anomalies by ultrasound, during our comprehensive scan, parents may accidentally recognise the fetal sex by themselves on the screen. We are committed to ensuring parents that do not wish to know the sex do not accidentally identify it during the scan and we will ask you and your partner to close your eyes or look away when we are examining identifiable features.
If you wish that we not check the external genitalia at all, please inform us of this before the scan and we will respect your decision.
The external genitalia develop relatively late in pregnancy, making it impossible to recognise the sex before 11-12 weeks. On the other hand, genetic (chromosomal) sex is identifiable immediately after conception. The NIPT (Harmony), based on DNA technology is able to determine the sex from 10 weeks.
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