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Gender Venders

You've seen the ads all over the Web, promising a foolproof way to choose your baby's sex, or satisfy your curiosity about unborn baby's gender earlier than ever. Is it really cheap and easy to grant your heart's desire? Before you spend your money -- and invest your hope -- take a look at the evidence to decide if it's science or a scam.

Gender Determination
Offers to find out whether you're pregnant with a boy or a girl.

Baby Gender Mentor Home DNA Gender Testing Kit from Acu-Gen

Claim: Acu-Gen promises the Baby Gender Mentor test is virtually foolproof, and can determine your unborn baby's gender as early as 5 weeks of gestation, using only a few drops of the mother's blood from a finger prick. Acu-Gen offers a double-money-back guarantee if the result is incorrect.

Maureen Says: The scientific basis for this test seems valid. However, many women have reported inaccurate results, some have been told by Acu-Gen that their baby may have chromosomal abnormalities, and Acu-Gen has recently changed their refund policy. This test is not FDA regulated.

I strongly recommend against buying Baby Gender Mentor.

More about Baby Gender Mentor (including forums, blog posts, and more)

Note: Previously sold under the name Acu-Gender.

Cost

$25 Test Kit
$250 Lab Fee
$275 Total

Effective?

CLAIMED

99.9% Accurate
In Trial

REPORTED

About 65% correct in pregnancy forums

MAUREEN SAYS

DO NOT BUY

Non-Invasive Prenatal DNA Testing

Claim: Many genetic testing labs provide services to the general public, such as paternity, infidelity, and kinship testing. Some labs now offer non-invasive prenatal paternity testing and gender determination from a blood sample from the mother, from about 10 weeks of pregnancy. "Non-invasive" testing refers to the fact that only a blood sample from the mother is used, rather than actual cells obtained from the unborn baby through the invasive procedure of amniocentesis or CVS.

Maureen Says: I have received reports of inaccurate results. This "non-invasive" DNA testing is newfangled and unregulated.

  • Although we all know DNA evidence trusted by the court, for example in paternity suits, that type of evidence is obtained from a direct sample from the baby -- not from a blood sample from the mother. This type of DNA testing is completely new.
  • Consumer genetic tests are not currently regulated by the FDA. Several sources are raising questions about the accuracy of all sorts of DNA test marketed directly to the consumer.
  • Cost of test does not include the fee for having blood drawn by a local lab.
  • How to find a DNA testing lab: Search for "non-invasive prenatal DNA testing". Look for a lab that's AABB accredited.
  • Available from: Paragon Genetics and a few others
    See my blog post: Early gender DNA test offered by Paragon Labs

Cost

$200 to $400
Plus Blood Draw

Effective?

CLAIMED

96%

REPORTED

Please email me if you tried it

MAUREEN SAYS

Questionable.

Urobiologics

Claim: Can determine your unborn baby's gender with 99% accuracy from a urine sample taken as early as the first day of your missed period, up to 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Maureen Says: I have not researched this product, I do not know if it is valid.

  • Test claims to work by detecting testosterone in a pregnant mother's urine. The one and only medical study referencing this theory is very old (1974). I wonder why no other studies have been published to follow up such an interesting finding.
  • Urobiologics offers a refund for an incorrect result if a birth certificate is provided for proof. Shipping/handling fees are not refunded, which are $80 to $85.
  • The company publishes a "scoreboard" on their Web site. The results look good, but many results are assumed to be correct just because the customer didn't call for a refund.
  • Available from: Urobiologics, Inc.

Cost

$375

Effective?

CLAIMED

99%

REPORTED

Please email me if you tried it

MAUREEN SAYS

Unknown