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#1 of 5 Old 03-05-2013, 04:39 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Has anyone done this? You buy a kit, prick your finger on or after week 9, mail the sample in, then pay a lab fee to find out baby sex a few days later. Looks like they test your blood for a Y chromosome and if any are present your baby must be a boy, since, you know, YOU aren't. smile.gif
I'm debating trying this because I'm generally curious about it, because I want to choose yarn for knitting projects based on gender (really important stuff here), because my 1st grader has an as almost unhealthy obsession with wanting this baby to be a girl, and because my curious father offered to pay for it for fun. For the record, I don't care AT ALL if it's a boy or girl-- I just think it would be fun to find out earlier rather than later.
So my question...has anyone done this? How did it go? Was it accurate?

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I had a blood test done that indicated gender with baby #5.  It was along with RH genotyping and the lab offered to share gender too.  It was 100% accurate for us (both gender and genotype were correct).  They drew a few vials of blood though, not just a drop.

 

I'm not sure how accurate the tests that use just a drop are - if they require more than that to see cell-free DNA or not.  Can you share the name of the lab doing it?

 

Also, I had mine done at 15 weeks but our lab rep said it's accurate starting at 7-8 weeks.
 


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Ahh yes what a coincidence I have been reading so much about these gender tests. I just want something that is scientifically precise. To be honest, what I don't like about the finger prick test is the actual prick itself. The thought just makes me shudder. Call me a coward but I totally am. I don't know how I got though child birth. 

Anyways, now I am preggies once more and me and my hubby this time round want to do a gender test. The blood test is one option I have come across but I also came across this other option which uses urine samples.I have found quite a few articles and stuff online stating that this test is scientific and 100% or 99%. It works just like the blood test, if there are Y chromosomes in the urine then its a boy. If it does not have Y chromosomes, then it is a baby girl. The test is possible at like 9 or 10 weeks which is pretty early. Some feedback from you would be great. 



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Research out of Tufts Medical Center shows that the urine tests are not very accurate.  Still not sure about the one-drop blood test though.  It seems like so little after seeing how much they took for mine :p


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Research out of Tufts Medical Center shows that the urine tests are not very accurate. 

No, I'm not interested in that kind. Thanks for sharing your experience. This is the website I was looking at, and let me give the disclaimer that I'm not affiliated with it or anything--I just came across them doing a google search. I heard about this kind of testing in this forum, I'm pretty sure, when I was pregnant with my DS four years ago, but then it was (I think) new and a lot more expensive, so I was just wondering if it had become a bigger thing in the meantime. I'll probably just go ahead and do it for fun.


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