Most helpful critical review
42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Company gets an F from BBB
on January 17, 2012
I will first start by saying that many of the negative reviews here are by people who did not realize that there is an additional fee for lab processing, and then felt cheated when they received the kit. I understand how if people expected something different than what the got, they would be upset. So I think it's important that everyone realize this is only the kit for the labwork and does NOT include the much-more-expensive lab fee. (it also includes 2 pregnancy tests, but I think perhaps most people ordering this already know they are pregnant.)
That said - even if you realize the fee structure - this product still deserves a low rating. Please check out the Better Business Bureau's review of Consumer Genetics (the makers of Pink or Blue). They have an F rating and have been kicked out of the BBB. Not even for bad results, but for not responding AT ALL to consumer complaints. They just ignored them. In contrast, Intelligender, which is based on less legitimate science, has an A- rating, because at least they respond to complaints.
I did not believe everyone with the bad experiences here. For some reason, I just assumed everyone else had some gripe, but the product was legitimate and based on real science. After all, I researched the science that they claim, and it's definitely real. The bigger question is whether THEY carry it out or just point to other studies and then claim to be in line with those studies. As I've learned in my process with Consumer Genetics, they are fakes.
If you have any doubt, just consider the BBB rating again. BBB kicked them out because they refused to acknowledge complaints that the BBB asked them about. Consider how bad that is when you won't even respond to complaints from the BBB. To me, that says that you know the whole thing is fake and don't even pretend to want to defend your reputation. Just go to the BBB site and search for Consumer Genetics.
That said ... if you STILL want to try this, here's some info
Fetal DNA in the mom's blood got lots of coverage in August 2011 by medical journals, New York Times, Bloomberg, etc. Do a search for phrases like "fetal DNA maternal blood 7 weeks." It's now considered fact that 5-10% of the DNA floating in a pregnant woman's blood is from the fetus. So if they have enough blood to analyze, they should see some Y-chromosomes if the fetus is a boy. If they find no Y chromosomes, it indicates that the fetus is a girl. Independent studies show 95% accurate at 7 weeks post conception, and 99% accurate at 20 weeks .... IF THE BLOOD IS TESTED RIGHT.
So for this test you are only getting the kit. If you take the test and mail it in, you need to spend another $200-$250 for lab service, depending on the processing speed you desire.
1. You must be at least 7 weeks post conception which is about 9-10 weeks "pregnant" or "since your last period". They alternate in the instructions by saying 10 weeks or 9 weeks since your last period. The guarantee is "void" if you are not at least 7 weeks post conception. My opinion is don't waste your money by doing it before then, because you will wonder if you can trust the results.
2. You have to use the lancets to collect a fair amount of blood. I had to prick 3 times to fill all the circles as required. It didn't hurt - the lancets are gentle and easy to use. But it's harder to get the necessary amount of blood than you might think
3. You need to have kicked all men out of the room for at least 30 minutes during collection and then when it dries. And don't wear their shirt or use their towel, etc while collecting your blood. Again, you don't want to doubt the results by thinking maybe hubby breathed on your sample.
4. You then send in the kit and wait for results. 3-5 business days.
What will hurt the results of this test?
1. Male contamination - don't collect while a guy is around! They might detect HIS Y chromosome and say it's a boy.
2. Testing too early
3. a very recent miscarriage or abortion where there could still be Y chromosomes left if that one was a boy
4. A twin pregnancy will only show if at least one is a boy. If you were pregnant with twins and lost one twin before you even knew it was twins, the result could say boy (if the lost one was a boy) even if the twin remaining is a girl.
What won't hurt the results?
1. IVF/IUI - doesn't matter
2. Progesterone/ Hormones - this won't create a Y chromosome. It may mess up hormone detection tests, but not this one.
3. PCOS, etc - again, won't make a Y chromosome, so no worries. Also messes with other tests, but not this one.
4. A previous boy pregnancy that is not super recent. They're not specific with the timeframe, but it's clear that if you have a 1 year old boy, it won't affect this test. Fetal DNA clears out quickly. It seems within a few months.
Good luck. For all of the above, please remember the BBB gives this company the worst possible score and kicked them out. If I had known that before I purchased this, I would not have.