Best Paternity Tests

Best Paternity Test: What Is It?

The best paternity tests are those which are reliable and accurate. They can detect the presence or absence of your child’s biological father from different sources such as blood, saliva, hair, urine or even cheek swabs. These tests will not only reveal if there is a possible father but also how old your baby is and whether it was conceived through artificial insemination or natural conception.

If your baby is a boy, then you have a 50% chance of having had unprotected sexual relations with someone other than your husband or boyfriend. If your baby is a girl, then you have a 25% chance of having been sexually active without protection.

Pregnancy testing kits are available in most pharmacies and health food stores. You can buy them online too. All these pregnancy tests are expensive compared to the cost of buying condoms or birth control pills.

How Do They Work?

In order to work properly, all the tests need to be done within a short period of time. Some of these tests require you to go into a medical facility and others do not. So you may have to wait until after midnight before getting tested.

There are two types of paternity test: DNA paternity test and blood paternity test.

In a DNA test, your doctor will take a sample of the baby’s blood from the umbilical cord after birth. Then they will send this cord to a medical lab that will examine the baby’s DNA. Once the baby’s DNA is compared to that of the suspected father, it can easily determine whether the man is indeed the father or not.

In some cases, multiple people can be tested and as long as one matches, then he is the father.

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