What is Ramzi’s Method?

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Photo by Brandon Day  on Unsplash

Ramzi’s Method is a particular method of Gender Prediction. Using the location of the placenta as a gender marker, this method is up to 97.5% accurate in predicting the sex of a fetus (when used correctly). Ramzi’s method can detect a male fetus with 97.2% accuracy. Using this method, a female fetus can be detected with 97.5% accuracy. Also unique to this method– it can predict the sex extremely early in a pregnancy. Due to its success rate, Ramzi’s Method is considered extremely reliable. You will need a medical professional who is familiar with Ramzi’s method to help determine the sex of your baby. It is not generally possible for a lay person to interpret placental location on ultrasounds.

How Early can the Sex of my baby be Predicted using Ramzi’s Method?

Using Ramzi’s method, you will be able to know the sex of your baby almost as soon as you know you’re pregnant! In fact, it is the earliest ultrasound-based gender predictor in modern science. Ramzi’s method is most effective between 6 to 8 weeks gestation. In the formal study, participants were monitored at 6 weeks gestation. From that study, the 97.2-97.5% accuracy rate was determined.

However, many women may not even realize they are pregnant during this timeframe. In this case, it is not possible to use Ramzi’s method for early sex prediction. Beyond 8 weeks of gestation, the method is no longer effective.

How exactly does Ramzi’s Method Work?

During an early ultrasound, your doctor or ultrasound technician can determine where your placenta has implanted. Your placenta will appear as a small, bright spot on your ultrasound. According to the theory, if your placenta has implanted on the left side of your body, there is a 97.5% chance you are having a girl. If your placenta is on the right side of your body, there is a 97.2% chance you are having a boy.

Keep in mind–you will most likely not be able to tell yourself which side your placenta is on, even with the ultrasound photos in hand. If your ultrasound technician or doctor is unfamiliar with Ramzi’s theory, she may not be able to tell either. Not all ultrasounds are performed in the exact same manner. Reasons for this include the fact that some scans are reverse or mirror images, while others are not. Also, occasionally, the scan needs to be rotated 90 or 180 degrees for proper orientation. Further, some doctors or techs make internal notes on the scans that describe the orientation. These are some of the reasons an untrained eye is also unable to effectively apply Ramzi’s theory.

Does it matter which side I ovulated from?

In short, no. The ovary from which you ovulated has no impact on the sex of your child. We know this because women who only ovulate from one ovary still have a 50/50 chance of producing a boy or girl. It’s not like the left ovary only produces female eggs and the right ovary only produces male eggs.

Further, even if you release an egg from the left ovary, Baby can implant on the right. Or you can release an egg from the right ovary, and Baby can implant on the left. The side of ovulation does not have any impact on implantation.

When doesn’t the method work?

  • Twins/ Multiples: If you’re expecting more than one, it can be much more difficult to determine the positioning in the womb. While you can still check out the method for fun, it is not as accurate for multiples. After all, there’s only so much room in there.
  • Too Late in Pregnancy: If you are past the 9 or 10-week mark, it is probably too late to use Ramzi’s Method. At this point, it is basically impossible to tell where the placenta and baby originally implanted. Not to worry, though. You’ll just have to wait 10 weeks to find out all about your baby during your 20 Week Anatomy scan.
  • Abnormalities/ Deviations from Normal Genitalia: Of course, if your child has genital deviations, this method would not be accurate.

Is there any controversy surrounding Ramzi’s Method?

  • Ethics: Because Ramzi’s Method allows parents to learn the sex of their child so early, there is concern that it may lead to the termination of pregnancies of the less desired sex. This is very similar to the controversy regarding discarded embryos during sex-selective in vitro fertilization. Many people are uncomfortable with sex-selective breeding, especially in cultures where male children are highly preferred.
  • Medical Credentials: Additionally, there is some debate about its true accuracy. The man behind the theory, Saad Ramzil Ismail, PHD, has a Masters in Public Health, but is not a medical doctor. He states that doctors need to know his method and  that the ultrasounds need to be performed in a very specific way in order to be accurate.
    • According to Ismail, “Many of the techs and doctors are not familiar with this method , please ask them to make sure that the tech must do true transverse section of the uterus to show the chorionic villi or the early placenta must be true transverse –  not sagital, not oblique –  and to make sure that if the uterus is retroverted or retroflexed that the tech do the true transverse accordingly,  and let the ladies know that it is not the baby’s position in the uterus but it is the placenta bulk, and that the placenta bulk either to right or left.”
    • And, Ramzi’s Method’s study was not published in a peer-reviewed medical journey, but Ismail has stated he is working on a new gender marker study that will be peer-reviewed for publishing in a medical journal.

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