Now expected moms can determine whether they are carrying a boy or a girl within 10 weeks from the day of conception, claims the makers of over-the-counter kit for gender prediction. This has raised the ire of medical experts and anti-abortion lobbyists but mums-to-be are embracing this new product which has gained a lot of popularity. The American-designed Intelligender test went on sale in Australia last and is expected to be launched in New Zealand in a fortnight.
The first test of its kind was conducted in Australia and it succeeded with a 90% accuracy rate in determining whether the baby is a boy or a girl. Scientists isolated certain hormones that when combined with a "proprietary mix of chemicals" react differently if a woman is carrying a boy or a girl. It claims that within 10 minutes of taking the urine test, a woman 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.
Most of the parents have the curiosity to know whether the going to be baby is a girl or a boy. And as such this product has got the thumbs of many gonna be parents. The popularity of the product can be attributed from the fact that many pharmacies have already sold out of the kits and suppliers are struggling to meet demand.
Now the gonna be parents are happy with this product, its not the same with everyone though. Medical experts and anti-abortion communities have raised their eyebrows about this product. They feel that it can lead to gender selection and thus increased number of abortions. Normal sonography requires at least 20 weeks of gestation before the gender of the baby can be exactly predicted. But as this product can tell you about the gender of the baby in just 10 weeks, it is being feared as a tool for gender selection and abortions.
Say a couple has 2 girls and they want a boy. So if in 10 weeks they find that the baby in the womb is a girl, the couple can decide to abort and try again for a boy. This is dangerous. While the test is available for sale in 11 countries, IntelliGender does not sell the test to India or China. This is considering, gender selection is very common in these countries.
IntelliGender does not recommend test users to make any financial, emotional or family planning decisions based on the test results.