(WTOL) - There's a new test that claims to tell women whether she is having a boy or girl as early as 7 weeks into pregnancy. It's called the pink or blue test, and we showed you how it works.
Aimee Goodson just got the big news. Her pink or blue gender test says she's having a girl. She was 9 weeks when she took her DNA sample. Traditionally, a doctor can not tell a woman the sex of her baby until she is 16-to-20 weeks pregnant.
"Oh, a baby boy....that's awesome," said Megan Dupuy, 14 weeks pregnant.
And at 9 weeks, Karen Green's results showed she was having a boy.
All our volunteers liked the idea of finding out the sex of their child early; but not all of our participants were excited about the process.
Pricking her finger to get blood was Karen's biggest complaint, explaining that it hurt. Also, she and several others had trouble getting enough blood to fill the circles on the test cards that are to be sent back for testing.
Not all of the volunteers were far enough along for an ultra sound screening which is what most doctors now use to pinpoint a baby's sex. However, this was not the case for Molly Balfour; at 36 weeks, she'd already had both amnio and ultrasound before taking the "Pink or Blue" test. And the test said, "blue."
"His name is James Balfour," said Molly.
"Pink or Blue" made a believer out of Molly.
Ultrasound also showed another of our volunteers, Kerri, that she was having a girl. And "Pink or Blue" agreed. In fact, Kerri just had her baby girl, Evelyn Grace, last Friday. . . all 8 pounds, 5 ounces of her.
Despite early successes, some critics of the "Pink or Blue" test worry women who are not happy with their results may choose to terminate their pregnancies. In fact, Consumer Genetics will not sell "Pink or Blue" in China and India where gender selection is known to be a common practice.
For volunteers like Aimee who now expects to have her third girl, "Pink or Blue was just fun.
NOTE: All of the "Pink or Blue" tests we used in our report were provided free of charge by Consumer Genetics. By the way, in case your wondering, a "Pink or Blue" gender test will cost you about $175 plus tax and shipping.RESULTS Kerri Richmond: ID # 11496
37 weeks day of test date; Due date: 4/3/09
Test Results: girl
Was the test easy to use? Explain. It was harder than I thought it would be to get enough blood out of my finger.
What is your number one complaint about the test, if applicable? It required too much blood!
What is the thing you liked the most about the test, if applicable? It would be great to know the sex of the baby so early on.
After using the test once would you pay money to use it for future pregnancies if proved accurate? Depends on how much money and how early on it was accurate. I probably would.Molly Balfour: ID # 11497
36 weeks day of test; Delivery: 3/19/09
Test results: Boy
Ultrasound/amnio: Boy (birth)
Was the test easy to use? Explain. Very easy- just a finger prick and placing a few droplets of blood on the test sheet. If you don't bleed easily (SO not a problem for me!) then massaging your finger prior to the test might be helpful.
What is your number one complaint about the test, if applicable? If I'd had to pay for it, I suppose the cost might be prohibitive to some people. No real complaint, though. I thought it was easy to administer, and the results are fast.
What is the thing you liked the most about the test, if applicable? The speed of getting the results- Moms-to-be are impatient sometimes and want to know the gender NOW!
After using the test once would you pay money to use it for future pregnancies if proved accurate? I personally leave the decision to find out the gender to my husband (because I feel like I make a lot of decisions regarding the pregnancy, and also because it doesn't really matter that much to me if we find out or not) so if he wanted to do it, sure.Also, Phil asked what I thought about using the test for gender selection, as the tests are not sold in China or India for fear that female fetuses would be terminated. Of course, I think that the misuse of the test is wrong, and I would not utilize it for that purpose, and that is clearly not what the manufacturer envisioned. However, a child of a certain gender is very important to some expectant parents, and in some cultures, so it could be foreseeable that the early-determination would be used to selectively reduce a pregnancy if the outcome were not the one the parents had hoped for. Megan Dupuy: ID # 11500
14 weeks day of test; Due date: 9/03/09
Test result: boy
Was the test easy to use? Explain. The test was very easy and simple to use. It came with a mechanism to prick my finger, had only one card on which to place the blood samples, and even included the envelope, etc. to mail my samples.
What is your number one complaint about the test, if applicable? The test is a bit of a novelty. Even though it is very exciting to find out the sex of my baby so early, I feel as though it is rather expensive to know something that I would find out in a few weeks anyway.
What is the thing you liked the most about the test, if applicable? Granted that that test is accurate, and someone were willing to spend the money, it is an excellent way to allow people advance planning for things such as a nursery. If I were planning a large nursery project that might include construction, etc. this would be perfect to ensure that everything is ready before the baby arrives.
After using the test once would you pay money to use it for future pregnancies if proved accurate? No, simply because I am able to find out the sex via sonogram through my insurance company for much less.Aimee Goodson: ID # 11498
9 weeks day of test; due date: 10/13/09
Test results: girl
Was the test easy to use? Explain. The test was fairly easy to use in that you could do it anywhere but in my opinion it required a lot of blood.
What is your number one complaint about the test, if applicable? Required too much blood, expensive.
What is the thing you liked the most about the test, if applicable? Easy, can do anywhere and results are timely.
After using the test once would you pay money to use it for future pregnancies if proved accurate? Probably not, I'd most likely just wait until 20 week ultrasound. Why pay the $200 if you can wait a few more weeks and know FOR SURE.Karen Green: ID # 11553
9 weeks day of test; Due date: 10/12/09
Test results: boy
Was the test easy to use? The test was actually more challenging than I anticipated. The instructions were easy, the methodology was easy; however, execution of the test was a challenge. I had to prick myself three times on three different figures to collect enough blood for the test. The pricks were painful and it took a while to squeeze enough blood from my fingers to complete the test.
What is your number one complaint about the test, if applicable? The pricks were painful and left bruises on my figures. As of today, it has been four days since the test and my fingers are still sore.
What is the thing you liked the most about the test, if applicable? The ability to find out the sex of my baby as such an earlier stage.