What Is Ring Gender Test? How Does It Work? And Its Accuracy

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Different cultures have their traditional methods for predicting an unborn child’s gender. The ring gender test is a gender-prediction game requiring just a ring and a string.

Read on to know how to conduct this test and interpret the results. However, note that this technique is not scientifically proven, and its accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

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How To Do The Ring Gender Test?

How To Do The Ring Gender Test?

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You may try the wedding ring test at your baby shower, during your gender reveal party in private, or with your family.

  • Tie your wedding ring to a piece of thread.
  • Hold the thread over your belly as you lie on the bed.
  • You may also ask your partner to dangle it over your belly.
  • Allow the string to move without any external interference.

There are also a few alternative ways to do the ring on a string test. Those variations include:

  • Use a strand of hair in place of thread.
  • Use a needle in place of a wedding ring.
  • Hold the ring over the wrist instead of the belly.
  • Place the threaded ring in your palm for some time, and then raise the string so that it swings over the palm.
  • Hold the string in front of the belly while you are standing.

You may also use an engagement ring or promise ring instead of a wedding ring.

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Some experts think that knowing the baby’s gender can help parents feel closer to their baby, making their existence more realistic (4).

Interpreting the results

Here is how to interpret the result of this pregnancy test.

  • If the ring moves in a circle, you are said to be carrying a girl.
  • If it moves to and fro, you are said to be having a boy.

How Accurate Is The Ring Test For Gender Prediction?

It is not always accurate

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If you are looking for scientifically proven techniques such as genetic testing methods, sex determination tests, or gender predictors, the ring test is not one of them. It is part of folklore, and how it works is not known.

An anonymous mom and blogger says, “There is an old wives tale that if a ring on a string is dangled over a pregnant woman’s stomach, the ring will reveal whether she will give birth to a boy or a girl. The ring test held true for Ari and Emilie (her children). We did the test on Angela (another woman) a few weeks ago, and it predicted a boy; sure enough, Angela’s ultrasound confirmed she is having a boy (i).”

Practically speaking, this test might be influenced by the subconscious working of your mind and ideomotor movements. The ideomotor movements are subtle muscle movements that occur without any conscious effort. Dr William B. Carpenter introduced the phrase “ideomotor action,” which means muscle movements responding to outside influences (1).

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According to anecdotal evidence, a husband performed the ring test about 40 times, and the results indicated a girl. However, the wife delivered a baby boy (5).

Are There Any Studies On Ring Test For Gender Prediction?

A study performed by Johns Hopkins of Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1999 found that amongst the 104 women who used any of the gender prediction methods, such as the ring gender test, only 55% guessed it right, suggesting that using these methods is similar to taking a wild guess (2).

Ring On A String: The Safe Gender Prediction Test

It is safe and simple.

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Safety is of utmost importance during pregnancy. Eagerness to know the gender of the baby can sometimes lead to unwise decisions. However, the string test is safe and simple, although its accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

A better option is an ultrasound scan that is usually performed around the 18th to 22nd week as a part of regular prenatal check-ups, which could help determine the biological sex of the baby (3). However, your doctor will not tell you about the gender of your baby if prenatal gender determination is illegal in your country.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. When can I do the ring test?

There is no particular specification as to when the ring test can be performed. However, you can learn the sex of your child through this sex-predication test in early or mid-pregnancy.

2. How do ring tests predict if I’m having twins or not?

According to the anecdotal evidence, if the ring goes dangling and pauses for a brief second and then immediately goes again, it might predict multiple babies.

3. Can the ring gender test substitute medical methods of determining gender?

The ring gender test is not a reliable substitute for medically proven methods to determine gender. It lacks scientific evidence and accuracy, leading to potential misinterpretations. It’s crucial to consult medical professionals and use established, scientifically validated methods for accurate gender determination.

4. Are there any cultural or societal implications of relying on the ring gender test?

The reliance on the ring gender test may have cultural and societal implications. Solely relying on this test to determine a baby’s gender may result in misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and gender biases. Therefore, it’s vital to approach these tests cautiously, considering the wider cultural and societal beliefs about gender.

5. Can I take the ring gender test at home?

Yes, the ring gender test can be conducted at home, but it should be trusted only to the extent of fun and guessing games. Acknowledging the lack of scientific backing and accuracy for this method is crucial. Hence, consulting medical experts for precise gender determination is advisable.

The ring gender test is one of the traditional methods for predicting the gender identity of the unborn fetus using a thread and a ring. Although the use of such folklore of gender prediction has been around for a long time, not many scientific studies prove the efficiency of these methods. Experts suggest that performing such tests is almost equal to taking a wild guess about the baby’s gender. However, they can be performed for fun. Therefore, it is advisable to consult the doctor and examine through proven prenatal testing procedures for the correct result.

Disclaimer: Gender-prediction methods are only for fun and do not replace medical examinations. MomJunction believes in gender equality; we do not support or encourage gender determination nor entertain any queries on finding the gender of the baby.

Did you try to predict the gender of your baby? Did any of the tests work? Let us know in the comments section below.

Infographic: How To Do A Ring Gender Test

The Ring Gender Test is a traditional, simple, and non-invasive method for predicting the gender of an unborn baby. You could try this method for fun with your partner and the family during pregnancy. In the infographic below, explore the step-by-step guide for this popular method of gender prediction.

stepwise guide for a ring gender test (infographic)

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Key Pointers

  • The ring gender test is a traditional or folklore-based gender prediction game that uses a ring and a string suspended over a pregnant belly.
  • The test results are interpreted by observing the free oscillation and direction of movement. A to-and-fro trend indicates a boy, while circular movement means a girl.
  • The movement of the string may be influenced by subconscious thoughts, movements and other environmental factors, and as such, it is not scientifically proven to be an effective gender predictor.
  • While such tests are non-threatening and fun, it is best to consult a doctor and perform an ultrasound to ensure proper baby growth and development.
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Calm your curiosity about the ring gender test as you take a look at this video, before you decide to give it a try as a fun activity.

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1. Sasha Ondobaka and Harold Bekkering; Hierarchy of Idea-Guided Action and Perception-Guided Movement; Front Psychol. (2012)
2. Educated Moms Better at Predicting Baby’s Sex; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (1999)
3. Prenatal Ultrasound; UC San Diego Health
4. Knowing Baby’s Sex Before Birth: Some Pros and Cons of Gender Reveal; American Pregnancy Association
5. Michael McFadzen et al.; Maternal Intuition of Fetal Gender; NCBI (2017)

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