We know the possibility of preterm birth can be confusing and concerning. The curated content below can provide further answers about preterm birth, fFN testing and more to support you during your pregnancy.
Frequently asked questions
What is fetal fibronectin testing?
- Fetal fibronectin (also known as fFN) is a “glue-like” protein that bonds the baby to the uterus.
- fFN holds the baby in place during its development, and fFN should not be detectable in vaginal secretions during weeks 16 to 35 of gestation.1
- If fFN is leaking into the vagina and detectable in vaginal secretions during this time period, this can be a sign that your body is preparing to deliver early.2
Will I be able to feel it if I am leaking fetal fibronectin (fFN)?
No, fFN leaks in tiny nanograms invisible to the naked eye. You will not be able to tell if you are leaking fetal fibronectin. Your physician also will not be able to tell just by examining you, which is why he or she will use the Rapid fFN® test to determine whether you are leaking fFN and are at an increased risk for preterm labor.
Why is knowing my Rapid fFN® test result important?2
- Approximately 20% of women will get a positive Rapid fFN® test result. A positive result does not necessarily mean you will deliver soon, but a positive result will alert your doctor to the fact that you are at a higher risk of a preterm birth.
- A negative test result, on the other hand, can provide great peace of mind, because a negative test result means you have less than a 1% chance of giving birth in the next 14 days.
Is the Rapid fFN® test FDA-approved?
- fFN testing is FDA approved in symptomatic patients between 240and 346 weeks gestation. The FDA has also approved fFN testing for asymptomatic patients at risk of preterm delivery between 220 and 306 weeks gestation.2
Where is the Rapid fFN® test used?
The Rapid fFN® test is used in over 2,000 birthing hospitals across the United States.3
Are there any side effects with the Rapid fFN® test?
No, the test is done much like a pap test. It’s non-invasive, and there are no related side-effects for you or your baby.2
Can I get tested more than once?
Yes. You and your doctor can decide to repeat the test as often as every 2 weeks during weeks 22 to 35 of gestation.2
I’m pregnant with twins, can the Rapid fFN® test be used on patients with a twin pregnancy?
Yes, the Rapid fFN® test is approved for use in both singleton and twin pregnancies.2
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