The American Society for Reproductive Medicine has ruled that it is proper and ethical to help couples to choose the sex of their babies. This board is dedicated to discussing gender selection for family balancing purposes. Clinics that provide Gender Selection do so with the goal of family balancing and unless there is a genetic reason, Gender Selection is typically not available for someone wanting a first child of a certain gender.
High Tech Gender Selection is comprised of the following:
IVF with PGD
IVF using PGD is the only current available option with a 100% Gender Guarantee. Gender Selection for Family Balancing is legal in the United States and offered selectively Internationally. It is not available or legal in Canada or most of Western Europe.
You can get a 100% guarantee of gender with High Tech(HT) using IVF with PGD. This involves going though an IVF cycle, just like an infertility patient would, and retrieving eggs that will be fertilized in a lab. Embryos are created and five days after the retrieval process, a single cell is biopsied from each embryo. Those cells are analyzed for their genetic components(PGD), including gender, and six days after the retrieval, the embryos are identified as girls or boys and the desired gender is transferred into the woman’s uterus.
The average cost of IVF with PGD is around $14,000 USD.
What is PGD, or preimplantation genetic testing?
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis involves testing done on in vitro fertilization(IVF) embryos prior to transferring them to the mother’s uterus. The testing is done either to check for a specific genetic abnormality (such as a disease like cystic fibrosis), or it can be done to determine if the embryos are chromosomally normal (also called aneuploidy screening). It can also be used to identify gender.
PGD is done by removing 1 or 2 cells usually day 5 after fertilization. A hole is made in the shell of the embryo, and then a pipette is used to suck the cell(s) away from their neighbors – removing them from the embryo so that testing can be done. This process is called embryo biopsy or blastomere biopsy. All 23 chromosomes plus X and Y are evaluated and the healthy embryos are identified.
Are you looking for a clinic near you that offers IVF/PGD? Do you want to speak with an IVF/PGD expert?
To either book a free consult with a recommended GS doctor and receive $1,000 off your cycle or simply request an email with more information about clinics near you, you may use the form below and select the correct option.
What is a Consult? A consult is a chance to speak directly with an IVF doctor and get information about the process of IVF with PGD for gender selection. They are offered via phone or Skype worldwide. It is a normal practice for people outside of the United States to travel to the USA for the procedure. USA Clinics are used to assisting International patients.
Once you have your consult, you will be provided with orders for your pretesting to assess your ovarian reserve to see how likely this process will be successful for you.