Although they’ve been around for a few years now, I don’t know anyone who has dropped the $150 to take the Baby Gender Predictor blood test or even $34.95 for the Intelligender urine test that can tell you your baby’s sex after only the seventh (for BGP) or tenth (for Intelligender) week of pregnancy. Most of my friends have been patient enough to wait until twenty weeks are up. I think its exciting though and feel rather tempted!
Most of the controversy over the tests isn’t focused on whether or not the tests are accurate or not; but rather are they moral? Many feel couples desiring a certain gender might take a test and abort if the result isn’t too their liking? I suppose thats a legitimate concern within cultures where one sex is considered to be far more superior than the other; but it makes me a little queasy to think that might be the case here in the States.
The tests are both self-administered, the Baby Gender Predictor Test by taking a small blood culture from the tip of one’s fingertips. The culture is then mailed to the lab and results returned in just a few days, results being 99% accurate with a full refund offered if the results were wrong. The lab is able to detect Y chromosomes in the bloodstream. If they are found, its definitely a boy, if none are found then almost positively it is a girl.
The Intelligender test claims to be 90% accurate. The entire test is performed at home, much like and old-fashioned home pregnancy test. One collects a sample of their first morning urine in the container provided, close the lid and swirl it around. If it turns pink, its a girl. if its blue, its a boy!