Understanding Gender Prediction Tests


Today, there are a variety of gender prediction tests that expecting parents might use to try to determine their baby’s sex before the baby is born. Some of these gender prediction tests aren’t based on science, and are really meant for fun. Other tests are pretty accurate, and a good way to determine your baby’s gender.

For example, the Drano test is one that seems to be scientific but really isn’t. There’s no basis to suggest it works. For the Drano test, a woman mixes urine with crystal Drano. If the Drano turns one color, her baby is supposed to be a boy. If the Drano turns a different color, it’s supposed to be a girl. As a matter of fact, depending on who you ask, the same color might mean a boy for one or a girl for someone else.

Another test that’s more interesting and fun is the wedding ring gender prediction test. For this test, someone needs to dangle the woman’s wedding ring over her pregnant belly. If the ring swings around in circles, it’s going to be a girl. If it goes back and forth like a pendulum, it will be a boy.

The most completely accurate gender test would be with amniocentesis. Amniocentesis can be dangerous for your baby, although the risks are fairly low. For the most part, amniocentesis isn’t done for the purposes of baby gender prediction.

An ultrasound is probably how you will actually predict your baby’s gender. After around 20 weeks of pregnancy, ultrasounds are about 90% reliable. An ultrasound tech or a doctor can identify the developing genitals, and let you know whether it’s a boy or a girl.

There are home gender prediction tests, as well. How well these work isn’t certain. Many of the manufacturers offer a money-back guarantee. If your child winds up being the other gender, you can get a refund. Even if the tests don’t work, there’s a 50% chance they will be correct, of course.