find out baby's sex 6 weeks into pregnan

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find out baby's sex 6 weeks into pregnan
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Thu, 05-17-2007 - 3:34pm

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18682738/

Just a small bit:
"LONDON - A new test dubbed “Pink or Blue” promises to tell parents the sex of their fetus just six weeks into pregnancy, but critics question its reliability and say it could pose an array of ethical issues.

The British company DNA Worldwide launched the test last month for sale over the Internet targeting a broad world audience. A U.S. company has been selling the test online, mainly to Americans, since last year.

The company does not ship to countries including China and India, where there is sometimes a marked preference for boys over girls. Some experts suggested the test could lead some parents to abort if they were unhappy with the result."

I hope that parents who were trying to get pregnant wouldn't take the test and then abort because they wanted a boy/girl! That would be sad. I wonder what the results would be if you are having a set of boy girl twins?!?

Well I hate to post when I am going to be gone for a week, but I look forward to seeing your posts on this when I get back.

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Registered: 08-18-2006
Sat, 05-19-2007 - 11:46am
I think this will cause a ton of issues. Most people dont find out the sex of their baby till 16-22weeks into the pregnancy and most of the time even if it is not what they "wanted" they have already become attached to their child and just get used to the idea of a different sex. But if they can tell at 6weeks, odds are they are not very attached because they just found out and i can see a lot more women having abortions
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Registered: 03-08-2007

I've heard about that test. It's very very expensive.... I want to say it's over $500, which is quite a lot to just to find out if you're having a boy or a girl. The blood test is more accurate but they also have urine tests that you can do at home starting at 8 or 9 weeks that claim they can tell you. Those are awful! Everyone I know who's tried one was told the wrong gender. They are very unreliable....

Even though this test is avaiable it's not widely used because of the huge price tag, so I'm not sure how much of a difference it will make.

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It's actually about $375.00. That's much less and an ultrasound or blood tests.

http://www.dna-worldwide.com/DNA-Testing-Direct/Early-Gender-Test;jsessionid=ac112b791f43cac49e764172455296d3ab58fa73f61b.e3eTaxeKbh0Te34Pa38Ta38Lb3f0

I don't think that most people would consider $375 a huge price tag. I think that it's not widely used because it's relatively new and many people don't know about it.

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Registered: 07-29-2004

"I don't think that most people would consider $375 a huge price tag. I think that it's not widely used because it's relatively new and many people don't know about it."

HUH??? I think $375 is VERY expensive for a test of that kind. I wouldn't even spend that much on a crib (but considering we co-sleep I wouldn't really spend anything on a crib)!! The only price tag that would make that even remotely reasonable would be well under $100 and even then I wouldn't bother wasting my money. I think what would prevent people from using it would be 1) skeptism over it's accuracy, 2) Realizing that they'll possibly be able to actually SEE the sex with an ultrasound, and 3) knowledge that it just doesn't matter. After all, about half of the women I know don't find out the sex at the ultrasound anyways. Even more refuse the blood tests that predict possibilities of fetal abnormality. The fact of the matter is that for a majority of women in our society, who want a baby, these things simply don't matter, they'll have the baby anyways. Yeah, there are always those few people out there who abuse everything, and I'm sure there are those who might abuse a test like this, but who's to say those women wouldn't be the same who would do the same thing after an 18 week u/s.

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Registered: 01-07-2007
My 3D/4D ultrasound was $125 and I would definitely see $375 as a hefty price to pay for something I will get for free through my insurance if I wait a little longer.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
I wonder if this test would ever be available clinically......despite it's potential for abuse...I could see it's potential benifit, particularly for couples who have gender-linked anomalies. I'd rather see a couple abort at 6 weeks then at 18 weeks for a (potential) fetal anomaly.
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Registered: 03-31-2005

I had to pay $300 out of pocket for an u/s because my insurance company did not agree with my OB that a 3rd one I needed was medically necessary.

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Registered: 01-07-2007

My insurance will only cover one unless the doctor deems it necessary. I don't know how much the regular ones cost but I would have to *assume* it's less than a 3D/4D since I was given ~40 pictures and a disk with the pictures in color on them.

Maybe the cost is different in different areas of the country although I don't see why. I'd say you got robbed by your doctor's office.

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Registered: 01-07-2007
Is the only way to abort prior to 8 weeks by the morning after pill? Just curious. :)
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On second thought, maybe it was a level II ultrasound? I had to have one of those at a University lab that specialized in fetal abnormalities. I don't know how different of an u/s it is but maybe that's why the price was more for you. My insurance paid for mine so I have no idea how much it was.

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