All expectant parents wait in great anticipation to find out their new baby’s gender. While parents today often find out their baby’s gender during an ultrasound, this option was not always available to people in the past. Instead, they had to rely on old wives’ tales or superstitions to guess if they would have a boy or girl. One ancient baby gender test that stood the test of time is the Chinese gender predicting method. This gender predictor has now made its way to the Internet and continues to be used by expectant parents who want to know what their baby’s gender could be.

The gender predictor is said to be unusually accurate, despite utilizing very little information to make its determination. In fact, the only details it asks for are the expectant mother’s age at the time of conception and the month in which she conceived. Using these two seemingly obscure pieces of information, the test will reveal whether you are having a boy or girl. Of course, many people would argue that the test has a 50 percent chance of being right and that it is mere coincidence that some people get the right answer about their baby’s gender.

However, studies conducted at Taiwan hospitals reveal that this test’s accuracy could be the result of more than circumstance. The people conducting the study found that the test accurately predicted the gender of more than half of the newborns born at the participating hospitals. Even so, the study fails to explain how or why the test was able to give the correct information. The mystery of the test’s supposed accuracy remains hidden to this day, in fact. Regardless, since the test first made its way into the public’s view in 1970 parents have continued to use it to gain an insight about their babies’ genders. The test is still popular today and can be found on many different parenting and pregnancy blogs and social media postings. More surprisingly, people who use it today often report in response that the test correctly foretold the gender of their newborns.

Ancient Chinese Gender Predictor

Mystery and fascination surround this gender predictor. Even its origins are questioned, with no one knowing exactly who invented it or how exactly it emerged into popular culture more than 40 years ago. Several stories are attached to this Chinese test. The first story claims that the predictor was written down and placed in the tomb of a loyal Ching Dynasty follower. When this person’s tomb was opened, the written gender prediction chart was translated and published for the public.

Another story claims that the chart was found in the summer residence of an ancient Chinese emperor. The calendar was sent to Great Britain in 1970 and translated for the public soon after. Still another story claims that the chart came from the Ching Dynasty tomb, but was translated in Austria and was found to be based on the theory of Yin Yang and the five elements of metal, water, wood, fire, and earth. In fact, no one knows with 100 percent certainty where this calendar came from or even for sure if it is something that comes from ancient China. Nonetheless, for some unexplained reason it tends to be very accurate, capturing the trust of expectant parents worldwide.

The gender predictor is so popular today that it has found its way into the renowned Chinese Farmer’s Almanac. A publication usually reserved for more serious topics like the weather and crop planting, the almanac regularly includes this chart in its updated printings. People who want an early insight about their babies’ genders often refer to this almanac to discover, albeit with a small amount of uncertainty, if they are having a boy or a girl.

How Does The Chinese Gender Predictor Work?

No one knows for sure how this gender prediction chart works. Some say that it is based on the theory of Yin Yang and environmental elements. Others say that the Austrian translation revealed its basis on the theory of Pa Kua, a type of feng shui. Of course, the debate about this chart’s accuracy rages on, even as more parents are looking it up on the Internet to wonder about their babies’ gender. The test only asks for two pieces of information, yet gives answers with an alarming rate of accuracy.

Doctors and scientists cannot logically explain why this chart is so accurate. Naysayers argue that the calendar has a 50 percent of being right anyway and that it is only the people who get the right answer that report back to other searchers online. They easily dismiss this chart as an old wives’ tale on scale with other gender predictors like swinging a ring on a chain over a pregnant woman’s stomach or guessing the gender based on how the woman is carrying her weight. However, people who have multiple children, often three, four, or more kids, say that the test accurately predicted each one of their children’s gender based on two simple facts: the mother’s age at conception and the month in which she conceived. Based on these two details, the gender predictor was able to tell parents if their babies would be a boy or a girl.

Even with many people receiving the correct information about their babies’ gender, people still find a way to scoff at and dismiss the calendar. Scientists continue to study the chart in a bid to discover its basis and reasoning for being so accurate. Some scientists have studied the chart’s accuracy outside of Asia, even venturing into countries like Sweden, only to find that the test gives more than a 50 percent accurate answer. Reluctant to endorse this gender predictor, scientists urge parents to continue with their prenatal medical care and to avoid eschewing an ultrasound based on the test’s predictions. If anything, expectant parents can use this gender chart as a source of entertainment until their baby arrives.