Terminology: understanding gender vs. sex

Juno welcomes and appreciates all discussions, and we agree that gender is a nuanced concept involving chromosomes, hormones, physical anatomy, and more. We are a young company focused on meeting people exactly where they are, and this has been the mindset behind using a term like "gender" in a post like this. We truly appreciate everyone’s insight as we carefully balance how to be as approachable as possible (for everyone!) while simultaneously being inclusive and medically accurate. We are always listening and learning.

You can also check out our blog or watch our video, where we discuss gender vs. sex in more detail.

The moment you’ve been waiting for: discovering your baby’s gender

Pregnancy is a magical (sometimes stressful) time of anticipation. You’re in charge of creating a welcoming, loving environment for a baby you love but haven’t met yet. No matter how many hours you spend shopping for baby clothes, picking colors for the nursery, and imagining a life with your little one, you can’t really get to know them until after they arrive. One thing you can learn in advance? Their genetic sex! 

For many expecting parents, finding out their baby’s gender is an exciting way to jump-start their parent-child bond. It’s one of those special moments that make your pregnancy start to feel real. And, unlike in decades past, you now have the power to decide when and where you’ll learn your baby’s sex. 

Let’s dig into why so many parents choose to learn their baby’s sex in the privacy of their own homes.

Maggie Tompkins Gender Reveal Party - It's a boy!

Learning your baby’s sex at your second-trimester sonogram

Most obstetric providers offer a second-trimester sonogram, called an anatomy scan, around 18 to 22 weeks gestation. Usually, by this appointment, a baby’s genitals are developed enough for the ultrasound tech to determine their gender. But, if they can’t get a good look at your baby, you may walk away from the scan still wondering whether you’re having a boy or a girl. 

Even if you do learn your baby’s sex during this scan, it may not be the positive, memorable experience you expected.

Your technician’s main goal during the anatomy scan is to check the health and development of your baby. Finding out their gender is a fun bonus, but it’s not the priority. The clinical setting of this ultrasound may make you feel uncomfortable expressing your feelings (whether you’re over the moon or less than thrilled) until after the moment’s over and you’re back in your car or home.

Learning your baby’s gender should be one of the most exciting moments of your pregnancy. It should happen on your terms, somewhere you feel free to react however you want. Jump for joy. Take a moment to cry. Make out with your partner. Do whatever feels right. For most people, that safe place is decidedly not a doctor’s office.

Benefits of early fetal gender tests

With a fetal sex test, you can learn your baby’s gender cc — in the comfort and privacy of your own home. At-home tests are affordable and convenient. Better yet, they give you the control to decide when and where you find out the sex of your baby. Create a romantic date night with your partner, or let a loved one throw you the gender reveal party of your dreams. The moment is yours!

Then, when you get to your anatomy scan, you’ll be able to enjoy learning about your baby’s growth without the weight of a once-in-a-lifetime gender reveal hanging over the appointment.

Early gender tests make learning your baby’s sex a private, personalized experience. To learn more about discovering your baby’s gender on your own terms, click here to read about our Juno Birch™ Fetal Gender Test!

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Please note: JunoDx.com and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

September 29, 2022 — Stephanie McClintock