Sexing Scan/ Gender Scan/ Reassurance Scan/ Early Anatomy Ultrasound Scans from 16 weeks of pregnancy

What is a sexing scan?

A sexing scan is an ultrasound that is performed to find out if your baby is a boy or a girl. We should be able to tell your baby’s gender at any time after 16 weeks. You can arrange a sexing scan to find out as soon as you reach 16 weeks or wait until later. You can also have a separate sexing scan if it wasn’t possible to identify your baby’s gender during your routine scans or if you’ve changed your mind about finding out.

Why this scan?

  • Find out if you’re expecting a boy or girl
  • Check your baby’s growth and development

What you will receive

  • Accurate report on your baby’s gender
  • Ultrasound report for your maternity notes
  • Scan pictures
  • Online link to scan pictures and video

When Should You Have a Sexing Scan?

Finding out whether your baby is a boy or girl can be one of the most exciting parts of your pregnancy. It can also be very helpful if you want to narrow down your options for baby names. However, deciding whether you want to find out your baby’s gender is very personal. Some parents choose to wait until the baby is born. If you would rather find out sooner, then we can perform a sexing scan at any time after 16 weeks.

As well as determining the sex of your baby, we will also perform some health checks during the sexing scan. We won’t complete the full range of checks that you’ll have at other scans, but we will measure your baby, check the placenta and amniotic fluid, and look out for any potential issues. The scan will be performed by one of our experienced sonographers, so they will be able to spot anything that requires further investigation.

What to Expect

  • You can have a sexing scan any time after 16 weeks and right up until the end of the pregnancy.
  • The sexing scan is a trans-abdominal ultrasound. You will be asked to lie down and pull back the clothing from your belly. It helps to have a moderately full bladder, so you should have a drink before the scan.
  • The main purpose of the sexing scan is to find out if your baby is a boy or girl, but we’ll also measure the baby and perform some basic health checks.
  • The sexing scan is 98% accurate, but there is still a small chance that we won’t be able to see clearly. If this happens then you should be able to find out your baby’s sex at your next scan.

Arranging Your Sexing Scan

If you want to find out whether your baby is a boy or a girl then it’s easy to arrange a sexing scan in Cheshire. Simply use our online booking form to schedule the ultrasound at a time that suits you. Make sure that you book the appointment for 16 weeks or beyond as we won’t be able to determine your baby’s gender before this.

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Patient Information

Some early pregnancy ultrasound scans are performed using a transvaginal probe technique. This technique is used to view the pelvic anatomy optimally, as the ultrasound probe can transmit safe ultrasound waves more directly to the pelvic area. In later stages of pregnancy, it may be advised to perform a transvaginal ultrasound scan to have a closer look at a baby’s anatomy, or to assess the maternal cervix.

There is no clinical risk associated with performing a transvaginal ultrasound scan. Transvaginal ultrasound scans can safely be performed during episodes of vaginal bleeding. 

It is important that you understand the procedure that is associated with this examination.

The ultrasound transducer will be placed in the vagina (the probe is prepared using high grade medical disinfectant)
The transducer will be introduced with a latex / non latex type covering and sterile ultrasound gel.
It will be necessary to move the transducer from side to side, up and down and may be swivelled to obtain ultrasound images of your pelvic anatomy.
If you prefer, you may insert the transducer yourself, otherwise the person conducting the examination will do this.
A third person may be present during the examination acting as a chaperone, if required by the sonographer or yourself.
You may request the examination to be stopped at any time during the procedure.   


If you are a virgin (Virgo intacta; hymen intact), guidance determines that transvaginal ultrasound scans are clinically contraindicated. If you have discussed this concern with your referrer and wish to proceed with a transvaginal ultrasound scan, this type of examination can be performed.

Should I get the COVID-19 Vaccine in pregnancy?

COVID-19 vaccines are strongly recommended in pregnancy. Vaccination is the best way to protect against the known risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy for both women and babies. Women may wish to discuss the benefits and risks of having the vaccine with their healthcare professional and reach a joint decision based on individual circumstances.

Frequent questions regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine

Find below a link to a Q&A from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists regarding Covid-19 Vaccines, pregnancy, and breastfeeding.

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