Reasons For Gender Selection
The choice of having a boy or girl was first made possible for patients who suffer from sex-linked diseases in order to avoid passing the disorder on to their child. Recently, some parents are choosing a certain gender in order to balance their families. For example, if they already have three boys and would be satisfied with one more child, they may prefer to have a daughter.
Science Behind Gender Selection
We use preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) to determine the gender of an embryo. PGS is performed as part of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process where a woman’s eggs are combined with sperm to create embryos. Once embryos have grown to the blastocyst stage they are then biopsied and frozen. The cells biopsied from the embryo are then sent for complete chromosomal analysis. Included in the chromosome testing are the sex chromosomes, X and Y. The sex chromosomes determine the gender. Two X chromosomes indicate female while one X and one Y indicate a male embryo. The embryo of choice is then placed in to the woman’s prepared uterus for pregnancy.
The most accurate method to determine embryo gender is to utilize preimplantation genetic screening. Please be sure to discuss the options with your physician to learn more.
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