Medical Gender Selection and elective family balancing are fertility procedure used to choose the gender of a baby prior to conception.
The IVF Center has the ability to utilize a technique called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) to determine the sex of an embryo prior to implantation. We perform gender selection by In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) with PGD, which means you go through an IVF cycle where embryos are generated. These embryos are then tested for several chromosomes, including X and Y for gender determination. Those embryos of the desired gender are then placed back into the uterus. Gender selection by PGD is the most accurate way to determine gender prior to implantation and for bringing home a healthy baby after in vitro fertilization.
There are sex-linked diseases inherited via the mother in which only male offspring are affected. This type of genetic diseases include muscular dystrophy and hemophilia. Parents who are carriers of muscular dystrophy and hemophilia may want to reduce the risk of having affected children by having only female babies. Medical reasons for gender selection also include a single female who feels better equipped to have a daughter; or parents who lost a child may feel a strong need for a child of the same gender.
In some cases, a child of a specific gender is desired since a gender is already represented in the family unit and the other gender is desired.