Gender Determination

If you’re carrying high, break out the pink. If your bump is low, you’re carrying a boy. If you’re craving sweets it’s a girl and if you’re craving salty and sour things, it’s a boy. You can even try mixing urine with Drano to see if it’s a boy or a girl. Childbirth has been a long time mystery, from conception and fetal development to labor and delivery. Since ancient times, guessing the gender of a developing baby was a sort of divinatory activity mixed with superstitions.

Today, ultrasound technology makes it possible to find out the gender of the fetus as early as 16 to 20 weeks, without the guessing game. During this time, diagnosis of fetal gender is about 95% to 100% accurate. However, with that said, there are still factors that will prohibit any sonographer to clearly determine the gender. To accurately determine the sex of the baby, a sonographer needs to be able to see evidence of the penis and scrotum, in the case of a boy, and the labia, in the case of a girl. An absence of the penis alone must not be taken as sufficient evidence of the fetus being a girl.

Contrary to the myth, gender ultrasound scans are a completely painless diagnostic method that uses sound waves to retrieve a picture of the inside of your body. This reflection of soundwaves is what creates the picture showing us what your baby looks like.

The amount of time needed for the scan varies with each mother. A sonographer may not always get a good view of the perineum (private parts) of the fetus for a variety of reasons such as fetal position, amount of liquor and thickness of the abdominal wall and therefore may not furnish you with an accurate answer. However, if the baby is cooperating, determining the fetus gender may take as quickly as 5-10 minutes.

Call us today to schedule your gender determination appointment withb.b. Precious Ultrasound: (617) 505-1018.