Gender Determination

by Anai Rhoads

Amniocentesis

This diagnostic test is performed as early as 9 weeks and for diagnostic purposes, 18 weeks gestation. The tests take about 2-3 weeks to run. There is a small chance that the sex they tell you is incorrect.

Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS)

This diagnostic test is usually performed between 8 and 11 weeks gestation, sometimes as late as 13 weeks. Test results are available within 7 to 14 days. There is a greater incidence of false positives because of the differences between the cellular genetic material of the chorionic villi and the fetus. There is a small chance that the sex they determine is wrong as well.

Ultrasound

While ultrasound can be performed at any stage of pregnancy for the purpose of finding out the sex it is best done between 18 and 26 weeks. This method is the most frequent for finding out the sex of a baby, however, it is the least accurate. Accuracy depends on several factors:

  • Baby's cooperation
  • Gestational age
  • Modern/updated equipment
  • Technician's ability

Anai Rhoads is a medical and political researcher/writer with a particular interest in the sanctions on Iraq and the wider effect of racism's influence in the Middle East. A vegan since 2000, she is a dedicated supporter of activities which promote animal and human rights. Originally from Greece, she now resides in Virginia, USA with her husband and their two dogs, Bijou and Eva.

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