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4-steps to finding out if you’re having a baby boy or baby girl:

1. Purchase the Pink or Blue® Gender Test Kit online or over the phone.

2. Following the directions provided in the Pink or Blue® Kit, use the 2 included lancets to collect a finger prick blood specimen from the mother.

3. Send the specimens to lab using the pre-addressed, prepaid envelope included in the kit.

4. Results are mailed, emailed and available online within 3-5 days.

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General Questions about Pink or Blue®

What is the process from start to finish for finding out if I’m having a boy or girl?
Does Pink or Blue® replace an Ultrasound?
How does Pink or Blue® compare to an ultrasound, CVS, and amniocentesis?
How soon can I use the Pink or Blue® test to find out if I’m having a baby girl or boy?
How accurate is Pink or Blue®?
When should a mother NOT take the Pink or Blue® test?
Are there factors that affect the accuracy of the Pink or Blue® test?

Science behind Pink or Blue®

What is the science behind Pink or Blue®?
Has the science behind Pink or Blue® been proven?
Can I use Pink or Blue® if I have a multiple birth pregnancy?
Can I use Pink or Blue® if I had a recent miscarriage?
Can I use Pink or Blue® if I had in vitro fertilization?

Ordering

How can I order the Pink or Blue® test?
What payment methods do you accept?
Can I order the test before I am eligible to collect my sample?

Shipping

Where can you ship Pink or Blue®?
Why is Pink or Blue® not available in China or India?
Why is Pink or Blue® not available in New York?
What method do you use for shipping?
How quickly will you ship my order?
How long does shipping take?

Pink or Blue® Kit

What is included in the Pink or Blue® collection kit?
Does the kit expire?
What is the difference between the Pink or Blue® Pregnancy Test w/ Early Gender Test Kit and the Pink or Blue® Early Gender Test Kit?

Receiving Results

How soon can I get my results?
By what methods can I get my results?

Refund Policy

What is the refund policy regarding wrong results?

 

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General Questions about Pink or Blue®

What is the process from start to finish for finding out if I’m having a boy or girl?

  1. Order the Pink or Blue® test online or by phone
  2. Receive your collection kit in the mail
  3. Confirm your eligible testing date through our online calculator
  4. Collect a small finger-prick blood sample in the convenience of your home
  5. Send your sample back to our laboratory
  6. Get the exciting news of “It’s a BOY” or “It’s a GIRL” just 3-5 business days later!

Does Pink or Blue® replace an Ultrasound?

No, Pink or Blue® does not replace an Ultrasound. Ultrasounds are used for medical and/or health reasons and not just for checking the sex of the baby. Studies have shown that ultrasounds have an accuracy rate of less than 85% before 12 weeks and are greater than 98% accurate at 21 weeks post-conception. Because it can take from five to six months to tell the gender of your baby using the ultrasound, we offer you Pink or Blue®.

Pink or Blue® is made for the mother who is EXCITED to know the sex of her baby! Pink or Blue® is a unique DNA-based test that tells you whether you are having a boy or girl at 9 weeks after the start of your last menstrual period, approximately 7 weeks post-conception!

Pink or Blue® is a service providing information that has no impact on the health of the mother or the baby. Pink or Blue® makes no medical diagnoses, recommendations, treatments, or medical or health claims.

How does Pink or Blue® compare to an ultrasound, CVS, and amniocentesis?

Method

Invasive

Performed at:

Timing

Cost

Accuracy

Pink or Blue®

NO

Home

>7 wk After Conception
(9 weeks after day-one of your last menstrual period)

$265- 330

(Prices may vary slightly due to shipping and handling)

95%

CVS (Chorionic Villus Sampling)*

Yes

Hospital

~10-13 wk

$1200-1800

100%

Amniocentesis*

Yes

Hospital

~14-20 wk

$1100-2000

100%

Ultrasound

No

Physician’s Office/  Hospital

~18-20 wk

$200-300

80-99%

*carries some risk to the mother and/or fetus

How soon can I use the Pink or Blue® test to find out if I’m having a baby girl or boy?

If a woman is 9 weeks from the first day of her last menstrual period (7 weeks post-conception) she is eligible to use the Pink or Blue® Gender Test. The Pink or Blue® Online Conception / Due Date Calculator can be used here to calculate your Eligibility Date using either the date of your last menstrual period, or the Projected Due Date, as determined by a medical professional. Your eligibility is strictly based on this calculation. Thus, it is extremely important that you provide us with the most accurate LMP date or Due Date.  Intentional miss-reporting of these dates voids our warranty.

How accurate is Pink or Blue®?

Pink or Blue® is 95% accurate based on an internal survey by our quality control department. The company has implemented a program that monitors our accuracy rate and service quality on an ongoing basis. You may be offered the opportunity to participate in our ongoing quality monitoring program during your ordering process or after your testing is completed.

When should a mother NOT take the Pink or Blue® test?

Do NOT take the Pink or Blue® if any of the following conditions are true:

  • You had a miscarriage or termination within three months of your current pregnancy
  • You have had a bone marrow transplant from a male in your lifetime
  • You have had a blood transfusion within the last 18 months
  • You are taking medication to treat blood-related conditions and/or undergoing anti-coagulant therapy.
  • You are less than 9 weeks from the first day of your last menstrual period. Please use the Pink or Blue® calculator to make a determination of the first date you are eligible to collect your sample. Unless your doctor has provided you with a specific conception date, it is company policy to go strictly with our calculator. Other ways of determining date of eligibility will not be accepted by Pink or Blue® or covered under our Refund Guarantee. (Refund Policy)

Pink or Blue® is not recommended for individuals that fall in any of the categories above. If you have any questions, please call Customer Service at 1-(408)789-6864.

Are there factors that affect the accuracy of Pink or Blue®?

There are several factors which may affect the accuracy of a Pink or Blue® result. Some of these factors can be controlled and minimized by the customer and/or laboratory while others are independent factors that cannot be influenced.

Factors which could affect the accuracy of Pink or Blue® and which can be minimized:

  • Not following the directions carefully: improperly handling kit components, improperly washing hands and not sanitizing the collection area
  • Contaminating the sample: allowing males to handle kit contents or assisting with sample collection.
  • Taking the test earlier than 7 weeks post-conception
  • Having a recent transfusion, miscarriage or abortion
  • Providing an insufficient blood sample
  • Leaving the sample in a hot environment

Factors which could affect the accuracy of Pink or Blue® which cannot be controlled:

  • Having naturally low levels of fetal DNA: studies have determined that up to 2.8% of women have naturally low levels of fetal DNA. While Pink or Blue® is much more sensitive than the methods used in those studies, there may still women whose levels of fetal DNA are too low even for our test to detect. This is a difficult statistic to measure but we anticipate it is less than 2%.
  • Vanishing Twin: some pregnancies begin with more two fetuses but very early in the pregnancy, one of the fetuses terminates. In many cases, this occurs without the woman’s knowledge. If the “vanishing twin” is male and the remaining fetus is female, the results of Pink or Blue® may be incorrect.
  • Previous male pregnancy: in very rare cases, fetal cells may remain in the mother’s body several years after birth. Our technology can detect some of this DNA as a form of contamination, however, there may be cases where the accuracy of the test may be affected by this rare occurrence.
  • Having a bone marrow transplant from a male donor, blood transfusions, miscarriages or abortions: our technology can detect DNA from previous male pregnancies or from male blood/marrow donors as contamination in most cases. However, there may be instances where the accuracy of our test is affected by any of these conditions.

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Science behind Pink or Blue®

What is the science behind Pink or Blue®?

Researchers recently discovered that there is fetal DNA in an expectant mother's blood.  In a natural process, fetal cells die and pass into the mother's bloodstream. As these cells break down, their DNA is released into the mother's own circulatory system. The cells decompose and free DNA is released into the mother's bloodstream. Using a small sample of the mother’s blood, we can determine if there is Y-specific chromosomal DNA. If we detect Y-specific chromosomal DNA, the fetus is male. If there is no Y-specific chromosomal DNA, the fetus is a female. Remember, females have 2 X chromosomes, while males have one X and one Y chromosome. For more information, see Science Science Behind Pink or Blue®.

Has the science behind Pink or Blue® been proven?

Numerous research groups have used detection of cell-free fetal DNA to determine the gender of a fetus. These studies have been published in scientific journals and are available for your review through PubMed.

Can I use Pink or Blue® if I have a multiple birth pregnancy?

Yes. You may use Pink or Blue® if you are carrying more than one fetus. Pink or Blue® will not determine the number of boys or girls you are expecting. Pink or Blue® only detects the presence or absence of DNA from the Y-chromosome. Therefore, the test will only tell you if you're expecting at least one boy or only girls.

Can I use Pink or Blue® if I had a recent miscarriage?

Women who have recently experienced a miscarriage must wait at least 3 months before they can use Pink or Blue®. If it has been at least 3 months since the miscarriage, then you are eligible to order Pink or Blue®.

Can I use Pink or Blue® if I had in vitro fertilization?

Yes. If you have recently had in vitro fertilization, you are eligible to take the test 7 weeks after transfer of the embryos.

 

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Ordering

How can I order the Pink or Blue® test?

You can order Pink or Blue® online any time, from anywhere in the world (except China or India).  Online transactions are securely processed through Authorize.net.

You may also place your order over the phone during business hours (M-F 9am-6pm Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Orders are shipped Monday through Friday. Orders placed by 3:30pm PST are shipped the same day. You will receive a shipping confirmation with your tracking number shortly after your package ships.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept all major credit cards and money orders. Personal checks must clear before a sample can be processed.

Can I order the test before I am eligible to collect my sample?

You can order the test at any time but you must wait until your eligible testing date to collect the sample. The laboratory will not process samples collected before 7 weeks post-conception. This is the same as "9 weeks pregnant" or 10 weeks after your last menstrual period.

 

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Shipping

Where can you ship Pink or Blue®?

Pink or Blue® can be sent anywhere in the world except India, China, or the state of New York. Samples cannot be shipped to or received from these locations.

Examples of countries we’ve serviced are: Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa and many more!

Why is Pink or Blue® not available in China or India?

Due to the high incidence of gender selection in China and India, it is our policy not to service these countries. No exceptions can be made.

Why is Pink or Blue® not available in New York?

New York State regulations regarding DNA-based tests are quite stringent.  All DNA-based tests must be ordered by the physician, and the laboratory performing the tests must obtain clearance from the state.  Due to these requirements, Pink or Blue® is not available to NY residents at this time.

What method do you use for shipping?

Packages sent within the United States and Canada are handled by UPS.  International shipments are sent via TNT Express. Shipping with these couriers is fast, efficient and gives Pink or Blue® as well as the customer the capability of tracking the location of each package.  We can also ship via the Unites States Postal Service (USPS).

All shipping options are presented during checkout. Consumer Genetics reserves the right to change our preferred courier without notice.

How quickly will you ship my order?

Orders are shipped Monday through Friday. Orders placed by 3:30pm PST are shipped the same day. You will receive a shipping confirmation with your tracking number shortly after your package ships.

How long does shipping take?

Below are examples of ship times for the couriers we use.

 

Gold Package

Silver Package

 

To Customer

to Pink or Blue®

To Customer

to Pink or Blue®

continental US

overnight

overnight

2 days

2 days

Canada

1-3 days

1-3 days

1-3 days

1-3 days

UK

2-3 days

2-3 days

2-3 days

2-3 days

Europe

2-3 days

2-3 days

2-3 days

2-3 days

Australia

2-3 days

2-3 days

2-3 days

2-3 days

Other countries

3-4 days

3-4 days

3-4 days

3-4 days

*all days are business days;  no deliveries are made on Saturdays or Holidays

USPS ship times are 2-5 business days within the continental US, and 6-10 business days outside the US.

 

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Pink or Blue® Kit

What is included in the Pink or Blue® collection kit?

The collection kit includes:

  • alcohol swab to clean your finger
  • lancets to prick the finger
  • special DNA collection card for the blood specimen
  • envelope for the DNA collection card
  • bandages
  • instructions
  • authorization form
  • claim check

Does the kit expire?

Kits have a “shelf life” of approximately 2 years. If you purchase your kit and choose to wait to complete the test, simply keep the kit in a clean, dry, cool environment to prevent contamination until you are ready to use it.

What is the difference between the Pink or Blue® Pregnancy Test w/ Early Gender Test Kit and the Pink or Blue® Early Gender Test Kit?

Both kits contain all the items necessary to complete the sample collection for the Early Gender Test: alcohol swabs, lancets, DNA collection card, envelope, bandages, instructions and authorization form.
The main differences are:

  • The Pink or Blue® Pregnancy Test w/ Early Gender Test Kit includes 2 mid-stream pregnancy tests (99% accurate)

The Pink or Blue® Early Gender Test Kit has the option of pre-paying for the laboratory service during checkout

 

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Receiving Results

How soon can I get my results?

If you ordered the Pink or Blue® Express Test, you will receive your results within 3 business days from the day our lab receives your DNA sample. For example, if we receive the sample on a Monday then your result is guaranteed by the end of business day on Thursday.

If you ordered the Pink or Blue® Standard Test, your results will be available within 5 business days from the day our laboratory receives your DNA sample. For example, if we receive the sample on a Monday then your result is guaranteed by the end of business day on the following Monday. You have the option of upgrading your standard lab service to an express order by calling us at 1-(408)789-6864. An additional upgrade fee will apply.

For example:

Results Due Calendar

 

By what methods can I get my results?

You can choose to receive your results by one or all of the following methods:

  • Online
  • Email

Online: Results are updated online by 6:00 PM, PST, Monday through Friday.  When your sample arrives at the laboratory, you will receive an email confirmation with 2 access codes unique to your sample. You may use these codes to check on the status of your sample on this website.

Email: If email notification is requested, an email containing the result is sent as soon as the result is updated online.

You may also call for your result after 4:30pm on the day your result is due.

 

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Refund Policy

What is the refund policy regarding wrong results?

At Pink or Blue® we are confident in every result we disclose. If, however, we are wrong you will receive a full refund for the price of the laboratory fee and collection materials. Simply provide documentation (acceptable forms include documentation of amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling (CVS), of birth certificate) and we will begin processing your refund. The price of shipping will not be refunded. Refunds are processed in 4-6 weeks and refund requests must be received by 15 months after the purchase of the Pink or Blue® kit.

For other Refund Policy questions, please visit our refund policy page.

 

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