How accurate are over-the-counter gender tests?

Posted at 1:52 PM, Apr 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-04 16:40:58-04
It’s one way to get a clue if you’re having a boy or a girl – the over-the-counter gender test kits that you can purchase at most convenience stores for about $40 and try from the comfort of your own home. 
My ABC Action News and The Now Tampa Bay coworkers have had various experiences in trying these at-home kits. 
“People can’t believe that I did not find out the sex of either child,” said consumer reporter Jackie Callaway. She had two children, one boy and one girl. “When both of them showed up on-scene, so to speak, my husband was the one to tell me what we had.” 
Anchor Dan Shaffer tried to find out if he was having a boy or a girl. “The sonograms told us that we were having a girl. We were super excited. Two, maybe three, of them said that it’s a girl. The day of delivery comes and here comes William. Unbelievable!”
Anchor Wendy Ryan took two of the at-home gender tests. Both indicated she’d be having a girl. As it turns out, she had a baby girl named Raquel. 
“It was 100% accurate,” said The Now Tampa Bay reporter Nicole Grigg. She took an at-home test that indicated she’d have a boy. Her son is now 2 years old and named Khai. “I could not wait. I had to know, and I felt like it prepared me mentally." 
I took an over-the-counter gender test as well. After waiting five minutes for the urine test to run its course, it showed that I’m having a BOY! While I’m over the moon about this result, I consulted with my doctor. Dr. Michelle Amoroso said that I should be skeptical of the accuracy of the over the counter gender test. 
I’ll find out via my doctor and a sonogram on Friday if I’m, in fact, having a boy or a girl. Stay tuned! I know I will be.