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Gone are the days when a couple waited to know the gender of their child at the second ultrasound. For the most impatient, a Peekaboo test helps you to discover the sex of the unborn child from the 7th week of pregnancy, thanks to a simple blood sample. An ease of use combined with a very moderate cost ensured great success in a dozen countries and on the Internet.
Knowing the sex of your baby: an 99% reliable test
For several years, different companies have been trying to put on the market simple tests to meet the demand of parents who are in a hurry to know the sex of their baby. But until now, the unreliability of the test (urine sample to be sent via a dedicated kit), its high cost, and the delay of several weeks largely limited its distribution. But with the latest test, these constraints are no longer necessary: “Gender Prediction Test” promises to tell you the sex of your child with a simple blood sample from the 7th week for a considerable amount of money. The idea is simple, it works in the same way as a simple blood test, thanks to the Y chromosomes contained in the blood. You just have to use the kit provided and collect some of your blood then send it by mail to the laboratory. Depending on the presence of the Y chromosomes in the blood of the pregnant woman, the different components will react and indicate the gender of your baby after 24 hours. The result is guaranteed with a reliability of 99,5 % according to the firm.
“Gender Prediction Test”: a test prohibited in some countries
Today in some European countries, parents who want to know if it is a girl or a boy wait for the second ultrasound, between the 20th and the 22nd week of pregnancy. But could we see this test in pharmacies or stores soon? The answer is clearly no. As the Agence de Biomédecine reminds us, “it is not legally possible to carry out research on the sex of the unborn child, except in cases of suspected genetic disease. Any prenatal diagnosis cannot have any other purpose than to search for a genetic disorder and the means to prevent and treat it”. The legal framework for prenatal diagnosis is very strict in some European countries. It is limited to the search for transmissible genetic diseases and must be performed in approved laboratories.