Now you get to choose with Gender Selection.


Now You Get to Choose with Gender Selection

2Posted by Amanda Rahi on October 28, 2011 at 10:32 am

Gender Selection, also known as family balancing, allows parents to decide the sex of their baby before pregnancy. There are several gender selection methods available and new advanced technologies are bringing gender selection success rates to nearly 100%.

The development of a treatment called preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is responsible for the large advances. This method is also called preimplantation genetic screening (PGS).

What happens in PGD is embryos are created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and before being inserted into the women’s uterus, doctors have the opportunity to revise each embryo in order to determine the chromosomal makeup. If a baby girl is desired, the patient is given an embryo with the female chromosome (XX), and if a boy is desired she is given an embryo male chromosome (XY). The selected embryo are then placed into the patient’s uterus.

IVF with PGD is proven to be the most accurate gender selection method. The Gender Selection Center, a division of The Center for Human Reproduction (CHR) in New York City, and recognized leader for their exceptional gender selection rates, reports that this method

“will result in the gender of your choice in nearly 100% of cases”.

However, there are many controversies around sex determination prior to conception. For example. the gender selection technique called The Microsort™ is currently not available for routine selective due to pending FDA approval.

This method sorts the X-bearing sperm from the Y-bearing sperm in a man’s semen sample with a flurescent sperm dye label. It is only offered to patients that want to prevent sex-linked or sex limited genetic diseases.

Advances in science can change and advance our systems and culture, but when the changes are made to natural biologically processes it always brings into question many issues and uneasiness that can result more difficult to sort out than the embryos and sperm.