Intelligender tells baby’s sex

2010-07-13 00:00

FROM as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, expectant mothers and fathers-to-be will soon be able to determine their baby’s gender — all from the privacy of their homes.

A new gender prediction test is set to be released in South Africa in August and, for around R450, the IntelliGender test will reveal the gender of an unborn child in just ten minutes.

“Most parents-to-be are curious about the gender of their baby, and we see the IntelliGender Gender Prediction Test as a way for couples to share in the joy and intimacy of discovery together, without having to wait 20 weeks for an ultrasound,” said Kim Moriarty, the South African agent of IntelliGender.

Moriarty said the tests would be available nationwide at pharmacies and some retail stores.

The product, which was developed by an American pair of expectant mothers, has been used by parents-to-be around the world. Around 500 000 units, each of which boasts an 82% success rate, have been sold since it was first developed in 2006.

Using the test is a simple procedure.

Chemical crystals lie at the bottom of a single test vessel. Expectant mothers need to simply urinate into the tube and swirl the unit rapidly in a circular motion. The vessel must then be placed on a flat surface for ten minutes.

The combination of chemicals and hormones will cause the colour of the urine to change: orange for a girl and green for a boy.

Despite the product’s overseas popularity and success, experts at IntelliGender still advise all pregnant mothers to see an obstetrician as early in the pregnancy as possible. They also warn it is critical for the health of the mother and the baby to follow the advice of a physician.

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