Available from week 10 of pregnancy, the NIFTY® test gives you an early option to know more about the genetic health of your baby.
Compared to traditional screening tests, the NIFTY® test offers higher accuracy and lower false positive rates. This means that less women will undergo invasive diagnostic procedures such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling which carry a 1-2% risk of miscarriage.
NIFTY® is non-invasive and therefore poses no risk to the mother or baby.
The NIFTY® test is available to any pregnant woman from the 10th week of pregnancy but is particularly suitable for pregnant women who exhibit certain indications which are highlighted below.
Remember, non-invasive prenatal testing may or may not be right for you. Prior to undertaking any non-invasive prenatal testing, you should consult a qualified healthcare professional regarding any risks, diagnoses, treatment and/or any other potentially relevant healthcare issues. Non-invasive prenatal testing is not diagnostic, which means that is does not test with 100% accuracy.
NSGC (National Society of Genetic Counselors)
The NSGC supports NIPT as an option for patients whose pregnancies are considered to be at an increased risk of certain chromosome abnormalities. Patients whose NIPT results are abnormal, or who have other factors suggestive of a chromosome abnormality, should receive genetic counselling and be given the option of standard confirmatory diagnostic testing.
The risk of having a term pregnancy with Down Syndrome increases with maternal age and is known as the maternal age-specific risk.
This application allows you to enter in your maternal age at term and view your maternal age-specific risk for Down Syndrome.
Remember, you should always discuss any pregnancy health concerns you have with a qualified healthcare provider. Source of figures: Morris et al 2003
Deciding whether non-invasive prenatal testing is right for you can be difficult. The NIFTY® test team have produced this decision aid calculator to help you decide if NIPT is an option you should consider.Use the Calculator
Non-invasive prenatal testing may or may not be right for you. Prior to undertaking any non-invasive prenatal testing, you should consult a qualified healthcare professional regarding any risks, diagnoses, treatment and/or any other potentially relevant healthcare issues.