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Drug store test claims to know baby's gender before ultrasounds

The drug store product IntelliGender is a baby gender prediction test. (File/FOX Carolina) The drug store product IntelliGender is a baby gender prediction test. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Instead of using high tech equipment to determine the sex of a child, some moms and dads are turning to the drug store instead of their doctor's office.

Parents-to-be can pick up IntelliGender at many local pharmacies, which is a take home test that claims to determine their baby's gender weeks before an ultrasound.

Several soon-to-be moms at FOX Carolina wondered if the test really worked, including News Director Kelly Boan. The test costs about $40.

"I was very impatient and didn't want to wait till my ultrasound to see if I was having a boy or girl, so I was tempted to buy one," Boan said.

While she didn't pick up one herself, three other expectant mothers did and were used as a control group to see if the test works.

Photographer Summer Gagnon tried the test and said she was having a girl, which was confirmed by her ultrasound. But FOX Carolina Chief Meteorologist Kendra Kent's test showed a boy while three ultrasounds said she is expecting a girl.

Photographer Mindy Cecil thinks she is having a boy, but she has not had her ultrasound yet.

"We've been saying all along we hope to have either or, but I have this weird feeling that we are having a boy," Cecil said. "I don't know why I just do."

She took the IntelliGender test and it said she is expecting a boy.

When asked about IntelliGender's odds, Dr. Tiffany Rhoades at Upstate OBGYN recommends women wait the few extra weeks and spend $20 more for an ultrasound. At Upstate OBGYN, an ultrasound costs $60.

"Of course the test has their own data, but I don't see any independent studies to say it 87 percent, which is in the morning," Rhoades said. "But if you take it later in the day, it's 50 percent, which is as good as a guess."

She said she would never recommend a test that is not independently verified.

"It's not going to hurt anything, but I wouldn't use that as your be all end all when you're planning your nursery or names and all that," Rhoades said. "It definitely has a chance to be wrong."

IntelliGender claims if the results are inaccurate, it is normally because people did not follow the directions.

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