Early Sex Determination at Our Practice
Are you Pregnant and Seeking Early Sex Determination?
Increasingly, parents are interested in early sex determination of their growing baby. There are more options available than ever before for determining the sex of a developing fetus. Testing can now determine fetal sex as early as 7 weeks, though not with 100% accuracy. Read on to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of early sex determination. If you are seeking early sex determination or total obstetrical care from an excellent South Florida ob-gyn, book an appointment with Dr. James Duerkes at NuWave Women’s Health today!
How Is A Baby’s Sex Determined?
Sex is determined at conception, with your baby’s sex dependent upon what type of chromosome is carried by the sperm cell that fertilizes the egg cell. If the sperm carries a Y chromosome, the baby will develop a penis; if it carries an X chromosome, the genital tubercle will develop into a clitoris instead. Also, approximately 1.7% of the population is born intersex — with sex characteristics that are not typically male or female.
Sex can be visually determined with an ultrasound as early as 12 weeks, based on ultrasound imaging of the angle of the genitle tubercle. A 2016 study determined that sex prediction was correct 87 per cent of the time with ultrasounds as early as 12 weeks. Sex can be much more accurately predicted by an ultrasound at 20 weeks, once the genitalia has more clearly formed. And even then, there is a slight possibility of error in determining the baby’s sex.
Blood Testing for Early Sex Determination
More recently, blood tests have become available that can determine your baby’s sex as early as 7 weeks into pregnancy. At this early point, the mother’s blood can be tested for fetal DNA to determine the sex of the fetus. These early sex determination tests are often sought by expectant parents whose offspring are at risk for disorders linked to gender, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which affects boys. These parents can find out if they will need to undergo genetic testing once they have determined their baby’s sex.
Patient Testimonial: Pregnancy Care at Our Practice
“Dr. Duerkes is hands down the best OB I have ever been to!! I moved to South Florida shortly after getting pregnant and I was so nervous to try to find a good doctor to deliver my baby and walk me through the whole thing as this was my first pregnancy. I am so glad I found him. He was so reassuring to me throughout my whole pregnancy, as he answered every question I had no matter how silly. And when it came time to have our baby he explained to me all my options of how to go about it and supported all of my decisions without question. I had the best experience with my delivery because of him as well. He has also been super helpful and supportive during my post partum recovery. I could go on and on about how great he is!! But long story short, I finally got to start my little family with a healthy baby boy thanks to him!” - Britni Diaz on Google Reviews
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Sources for This Article:
Boy or Girl? The Difficulties of Early Gender Prediction - UT Southwestern Medical Center
What Is Intersex? - Intersex Campaign for Equality
Test Can Tell Fetal Sex at 7 Weeks, Study Says - New York Times
Dr. Duerkes was drawn to Obstetrics & Gynecology because it is a specialty that includes multiple aspects of medicine, including office preventative care, surgery, and internal medicine. He was also drawn to the unique relationship between doctor and patient that comes with providing gynecologic and pregnancy care. Read Dr. Duerkes’s full bio here.
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