Blood Gender Tests

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Did you use a blood test to determine your baby's gender? Was it accurate?
    I did - it WAS accurate (used at or after 9 - 10 weeks) : (1 votes)
    50 %
    I did - it WAS NOT accurate (used at or after 9 - 10 weeks) : (0 votes)
    I did - it WAS accurate (used before 9 - 10 weeks) : (0 votes)
    I did - it WAS NOT accurate (used before 9 - 10 weeks) : (1 votes)
    50 %
    I used it - the test was inconclusive. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    Member
    435 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I didn’t do it, but I know people who have and they were all accurate.

    Post # 4
    Member
    3032 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    There is someone in the Jan board who had it done and accurate.  I believe you can’t get it done just to find out gender, but it has to be due to medical issues, being over 35 or high genetic history of chromosonal issues.  I had one done due to a postive DS test and asked to not check for gender.

    Post # 6
    Member
    10384 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    It’s an FDA-approved test. They have to use large sample pools. It will be accurate for 95-98 women out of 100 if that is what they are espousing. So, for 2-5 women/100 it’ll be wrong.

    Post # 7
    Member
    728 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @CookieCreamCakes:  I did the test. It said boy, I was around 10 weeks I think and he seems to be a boy so far from ultrasounds. I’ll let you know for sure in about 4 weeks. 🙂

    Post # 8
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    881 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    You can still get it done without a medical reason but then it won’t be covered by your insurance.  In the US I think the test runs about $250.  We almost did it but I decided it would be more fun for us to find out the gender together in the ultrasound room instead of me getting a phone call at work and having to keep cool til I got home from work to tell DH or blurting it out to him over the phone.  I imagine the accuracy reported for the test isn’t just gender accuracy but also the accuracy of determining the risk for down’s syndrome and others the test is really meant for.  From my understanding though, the gender should be extremely accurate since they look at the baby’s chromosomes.  Pretty hard to mess that up I would think, not like misinterpreting an ultrasound.   

    Post # 9
    Member
    3013 posts
    Sugar bee

    @CookieCreamCakes:  I had the MaterniT21 & it was accurate for gender. It is looking at chromosomes so either the Y is there or it isn’t- can’t mess that up. The main reason for the test is to look  for the major trisomies- 13, 18 & 21 (downs). Gender is a secondary benefit. It does not look for hemophilia tho. 

    It is an expensive test. The company subsidizes the cost so if you have a copay it shouldn’t be more than $250. Paying out of pocket would be a couple thousand I think. 

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