NIPS is a genetic test that screens for common genetic conditions, like Down syndrome. NIPS works by looking to see if your baby has any extra or missing pieces of genetic material called chromosomes, which may lead to a medical condition. NIPS can also predict your baby’s sex (if you’d like to know).
A positive result does not mean your baby definitely has a condition. NIPS is a screening test, which means that it looks to see if your baby has an increased risk, but it cannot diagnose a disorder. Most women who use NIPS discover that their baby’s risk of having a genetic condition is low. Learn more about possible NIPS results.
NIPS is a simple blood test ordered by your healthcare provider and carries no increased risk of miscarriage. Results are typically available in 5-7 days on average.
Join certified genetic counselor Melissa Strassberg, M.S., for an in-depth walkthrough of NIPS.
You don’t have to figure it out alone. Genetics experts are available to guide you through the testing process, help you make sense of your results, and plan a path forward.
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