A slew of new take-home kits claim to determine the sex of your baby. But do they work?
You may have heard some of the recent controversy surrounding gender-testing tests---take-home kits that let you discover the sex of your baby in the first few weeks of pregnancy.
One product in particular caught our eye: The Pink or Blue Early Gender Test ($240). Here's how it works: You simply prick your finger and mail a sample of your blood to the lab to be studied for fetal DNA. In a matter of days, you'll find out whether you're having a boy or a girl.
Sounds simple, right? Well these gender tests are stirring up loads of controversy from angry parents who have received inaccurate results. What's more, doctors are dismissing the tests as "unscientific" especially because the FDA does not monitor them.
We asked Dr. Cara Natterson, pediatrician and author of "Your Toddler: Head to Toe," for the real scoop.
"For starters, the company doesn't claim to be part of the medical community," she says. "The website says the kits provide 95% accuracy, but they also specify that the results were conducted within an internal company survey -- that means they don't necessarily adhere to the strict standards of scientific research."
"What's more, the company lists ultrasounds as an option to be 100 percent informed, and they also offer a full refund if their test turns out to be wrong," she says.
"It sounds like the company is being as upfront as possible," says Natterson. "And while the unfortunate downside of these at-home kits is that parents can be disappointed if the test fails, the bottom line is you should really be determining the sex of your baby through your doctor who can perform an ultrasound or amniocentesis which will give you a much higher accuracy," she says.
Have you ever used one of these kits? Did it work?