How soon can fetal sex be determined?
March 30, 2011 1:31 AM Subscribe
How early in a pregnancy can fetal sex be determined?
posted by jef to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Wikipedia has a surprisingly small amount of information on this (at least, that I could find). I'm interested in not only (1) what is common practice (when do people generally learn their baby's sex), but also (2) what is technically feasible (on the cutting edge of modern science, what is the earliest that it is possible to find out, and are such methods actually in use anywhere).
Most relevant out of all this would be information about (3) the middle ground (between 1 and 2 above) of what procedures are typically available if you want to find out fetal sex early, and what are the costs/risks associated with such procedures.
A related concern is (4) how much this kind of effort to find out could encounter resistance (either due to questions of legality or just a hesitancy to perform such procedure(s) on the part of the medical providers -- or for that matter insurers). (Sometimes resistance comes in the due to the use of new, potentially unsafe technologies; sometimes it comes out of fear of encouraging sex-selective abortion.)
Lastly, (5) which countries or states are more advanced technologically, or more permissive legally, with regard to the relevant procedure(s)? In other words, if you're pregnant and want to find out your baby's sex soon, where's the best place to be?