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Which gender predictor is pure myth and which is based in science? This guide covers the most popular methods, but lands on one gender predictor that works. Once you get that big fat positive pregnancy testyou may start scouring the web for the best gender predictor tests to find out: is it a boy or a girl? However, women under 34 years of age have a strong preference to know before the big day.

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Can a gender test from your local drugstore deliver real ? Read what the experts have to say about learning the sex of your baby early in pregnancy. The first time Jennifer Newman Galluzzo, a mother of two in Brewster, New York, used a gender prediction kit, she was told she was having a boy.

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Grayden is 28 months old," says Galluzzo. But during their week ultrasoundthe couple was shocked to learn that they were expecting a girl. Galluzzo isn't alone.

In the last few years, do-it-yourself gender prediction kits have flooded the market. Sold online or at major retail outlets such as CVS and Walgreens, some kits claim to accurately predict a baby's gender as early as 6 weeks into a pregnancy. If you just can't wait for your week sonogram, peeing in a cup or pricking your finger and sending a blood sample to a laboratory for DNA testing sounds like a win-win, right?

Particularly appealing for many moms-to-be is the fact that these tests are noninvasive; chorionic villus sampling CVS and amniocentesis are invasive and have a small risk of miscarriage. The most inexpensive type of gender predictor test uses urine to check for the presence of testosterone, the male hormone, as early as 10 weeks.

Pee into a plastic cup or container included in the kit and within 10 minutes, a mix of chemicals manufacturers won't say which one pending patent approval causes it to change color. The problem is, the concept is bogus.

Potter, M. Inone major manufacturer of these kits offered to settle a proposed nationwide class action suit that said it falsely advertised the accuracy of its product. The other type of kit sold on the U. While a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that a simple blood test can indeed accurately detect fetal DNA in a mother's blood, pinpointing the sex of an unborn child as early as 7 weeks, there's a big difference between quality-controlled studies in state-of-the-art laboratories and those you do at home.

The tests have been used in Europe for several years to help parents whose babies are at risk for sex-linked genetic illnesses such as hemophilia and muscular dystrophy. Rosser, M. Nor is there any government oversight, though the Federal Trade Commission, the government watchdog for deceptive advertising, questions the reliability of all at-home genetic tests.

What are at-home early gender dna test kits, and how do they work?

Want your Fed-Exed overnight? While manufacturers warn parents not to "paint the nursery" or make any serious decisions based on testDr. Potter says the fact that these kits are sold at reputable retail outlets legitimizes them.

Rosser worries about people terminating the pregnancy based on the of the testing. What's more, any time you talk about predicting genderyou're standing on a slippery slope. Still, for couples who buy these products with their eyes wide open, using them can be another fun thing to do as they await the big day.

As soon as Nolan Kido, a stay-at-home dad in Medford, Massachusetts, learned his wife Lisa, a dental student, was pregnant, he campaigned to find out the gender. February 11, Save Pin FB More.

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