If you could find out the sex of your baby before your ultrasound, would you? As a two time parent and someone who hates surprises, I can understand. It was hard enough waiting the two minutes to find out the results of the pregnancy test. But the twenty weeks to find out if it was a boy or girl? Excruciating!
There are two types of tests available on the market. The first, available from Intelligender.com is available at most major retailers like Walgreens and CVS for about $35. This is a simple urine test taken early in the morning. All you do is fill a cup (much like the urine specimen cups found at hospitals) and wait ten minutes.
Depending on the color the test specimen turns determines whether you’re having a boy or a girl.
But does it work? Independent studies done by the company rate it at 92% accuracy, however “real world” studies only rate it at 82% accuracy. And, you need to wait until you’re about 10 weeks pregnant before you can take the test.
The other kind of pregnancy test is a simple finger prick done in the comfort of your home and then sent to a lab for testing. Available through Consumer Genetics, this test comes backed with a 95% accuracy rate and a full money back guarantee if they get it wrong. For a cost of $195, it includes the lab fees and test. You can pay up to $299 for packages that include faster shipping and faster in-lab results time.
Of the 5% errors reported, a majority of them were attributed to user error. Taking the test too early in the pregnancy, contamination of the blood sample, and not enough blood were all factors in a majority of the errors. This test also requires that you be at least 10 weeks pregnant (or 7 weeks past your last missed period) in order to take the test. Result times will vary depending on the test you choose.
Both test manufacturers stress the importance of not using the gender test in place of your scheduled ultrasound’s. It’s extremely important that you still go to your ultrasound’s so doctors can check the health and well being of your growing baby. Ultrasound’s are not just for checking the sex of the baby, but are for checking the development of your child.
So, if it’s not taking the place of your ultrasound, why are people spending the money to find out the sex of their baby? For many, their ultrasound’s couldn’t determine the sex of the baby. For others, it’s cost. Many feel the money they are spending on finding out the sex of the baby is better spent so they can buy much needed items for the baby ahead of time. Unfortunately, many of the clothes and items for baby tend to be gender specific and not gender neutral.Many feel these tests are saving them the time and money in returning items once the baby is born, and allowing them more time to buy and plan for the baby.
Whatever the case, gender testing is becoming a highly popular and at the same time controversial test that is becoming more popular as years go on. If you are curious, or want more information on these gender tests, head to the links listed under resources.