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June 9th, 2009
07:05 AM ET

Pregnant with girl or boy? At-home test may tell you

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="IntelliGender makes a gender prediction test. If a urine specimen turns orange, it's a girl. Green is for boys."]

By Danielle Dellorto

(CNN) - Expecting moms can determine whether they're carrying a boy or a girl as early as 10 weeks after conception, according to an over-the-counter gender prediction test by a Plano, Texas, company.

IntelliGender, the creator of the "Boy or Girl Gender Prediction Test," say scientists isolated certain hormones that when combined with a "proprietary mix of chemicals" react differently if a women is carrying a boy or a girl.

It claims that within 10 minutes of taking the urine test, a mother will be able to tell her baby's gender. The specimen will turn green if it's a boy, and orange if it's a girl.

IntelliGender would not say what hormones or chemicals it uses it in its test because of a pending patent.

"Most parents have a great degree of curiosity to find out if they're having a boy or a girl, and it can be so excruciating to wait until the 20-week sonogram to find out," IntelliGender co-founder Rebecca Griffin said. "But the test was never meant to be a diagnostic tool. We don't claim 100 percent accuracy."

In fact, the company's Web site specifically says to not "paint the room pink or blue" until an expectant mom confirms results with her doctor.

"We specifically state to all our consumers that they shouldn't make any emotional or financial steps until the results are confirmed via sonogram," the company says.

The gender predictor test boasts a 78 to 80 percent accuracy rate, according to the latest IntelliGender report.

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soundoff (One Response)
  1. Pax

    On the show, I heard you express surprise and question why it's not available in China. It will not be made available there because the Chinese government does not legally permit couples to know their baby's gender before birth due to the high rate of gender-based abortions and the disproportionate male/female ratio in the country.

    I would have expected an international news company to be aware of something so basic and prevalent in the world's largest country.

    June 9, 2009 at 8:56 am |