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Sexing Scans (16-40 Weeks)

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  • We can accurately tell you the sex from 16 weeks.
  • All scans with accredited sonographers.


Sexing (gender) scans are performed at any stage after 16 weeks of pregnancy. The scan is for couples who would like to know the sex of their baby for social and family reasons. We do not do it to assist in sex selection. It is very accurate: 98%. If we have any doubt we will invite you for a repeat scan at no extra cost. It is more difficult in obese women.

What is currently offered by the NHS?

Many NHS hospital will offer to tell the sex of the baby at the anomaly scan. Some may not. We offer it earlier than the anomaly scan.

When can I have the scan?

A sexing or gender scan ideally is performed anytime after 16 weeks of pregnancy. The position of the baby and placenta are determined as well as the size of the head in two diameters, the size of the tummy and the length of the upper leg are measured. These are plotted on an expected size chart. The volume of amniotic fluid is assessed.

How is the scan done?

  • Sexing scans are usually done ‘transabdominally’ which means over the tummy.
sex scan of baby

What are the indications or reasons for having this scan?

  • As a second opinion
  • Because I could not get it on the NHS
  • Calm and relaxing environment
  • I want to know earlier than the NHS will tell me.

Is there someone I can talk to about the outcome of my scan?

The sonographers are highly skilled and accredited in the performance of this scan. They will be able to talk to you if you have additional questions or concerns.

Consultant or Sonographer?

  • If you are having a normal pregnancy, then in most cases a scan by one of our experienced sonographers is advisable. All our sonographers are fully qualified and accredited, so you are in safe hands.
  • If however, you are experiencing complications with your pregnancy or need a second opinion, a scan with our consultant is recommended.

Is it easy to make an appointment?

We offer morning, afternoon and evening appointments during the week, as well as weekend appointments. A surcharge will be applied for evening and weekend appointments. We have a wide range of availability therefore short notice appointments can be easily arranged.

What you will receive:

  • Ultrasound scan results including gestational age and estimated due date.
  • A report to file with your maternity notes.
  • Ultrasound images
  • Short video clips and ultrasound images sent electronically with a copy of your report.

How is the scan electronically sent to you?

The Birth Company is the first clinic in UK to offer this service allowing you to share your pregnancy ultrasound with friends and family wherever they are in the world. This optional recording can be shared via Email, Facebook and Twitter. We will offer this to you routinely at the end of the scan. The transmission is instantaneous. Please note on this system currently there is no sound, only video. It is a national policy not to permit patient or partner's phone recording in a room. Simply tell your sonographer that you would like an electronic transmission of your scan. It will appear on your phone immediately.

How to Prepare for your scan

  • A moderately full bladder will improve the visibility of the pregnancy by transabdominal scan. (global change)

What is the next scan following a sexing or gender scan?

It is important that you always have the anomaly scan at 20-22 weeks.

Scans and Packages

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Clinic Locations

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137 Harley Street, London W1G 6BF
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Baker Street
Regent’s Park
Great Portland Street


Alderley Edge Medical Centre, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, SK9 7HR
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Alderley Edge