Is it a boy or a girl?

November 12, 2012

Is it a boy or a girl?

After finding out they are pregnant some women then want to know the sex of the baby and they do a countdown to the date of the gender ultrasound.

The appointment for the gender ultrasound is normally carried out at about 20 weeks pregnant. The reason for an ultrasound is to check the uterus of the pregnant woman to make sure there are no problems. And also to check the baby to make sure there is no abnormality. These are the reasons for this test but after finding out that there is no problems with the baby women tend to want to know what sex their baby is.

There are couples who have been told the sex of their child and go on a shopping spree for either the pinks or blues. The colors of the nursery are being planned as well. But this is all done without really knowing how accurate the ultrasound is at determining the sex of the baby.

There are a couple of factors that have to be taken into account when considering the accuracy of the ultrasound test.

A technician who has many years of carrying out gender ultrasound tests will have more experience in determining the sex of the baby in comparison to someone who has a year or less experience.

Where the baby is positioned can be an important factor in determining the sex of the baby. And if the baby is in a position with legs cross it may not be possible to establish the sex. This means that there are certain positions that the baby can lie in which will make a huge difference in the ability of any medical professional being able to verify the gender.

The level of amniotic fluid and thickness of the abdominal wall also plays its part in determining the sex of the baby. The technician has to have a clear view to be able to tell the sex of the baby.

If you have the combination of an experienced ultrasound technician, and the baby is in clear view, with lots of amniotic fluid and a thin abdominal wall it may be that the gender ultrasound test is 99.9% accurate. But if the technician does not have a lot of experience, little amniotic fluid and a thick abdominal wall than the test would be 0% accurate.

Without including the two extremes usually a normal ultrasound test is 85% to 95% accurate. Some women may think this is a totally acceptable figure but there are others who will always look for this figure to be higher.

The technician that carries out the ultrasound will view the genitalia of the baby in order to try and determine the sex. And before making any decision on the sex of the baby will view the image from different angles.

A gender ultrasound can be wrong, but in around 85% of cases they have been correct. Pregnant women should be prepared to question the technician about all the factors which play a role in determining the sex of the baby.

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