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How to Plan Your Family Through Gender Selection

Pick of the MonthMany women undergoing IVF are choosing the sex of their baby through PGS/NGS technology. Celebrities and public figures, like Chrissy Teigen recently interviewed by Vogue, are increasingly opening up the discussion surrounding gender selection. Look: No longer is gender selection frowned upon as a social engineering tool used to make designer babies. What’s the bottom line? Gender selection is an accepted fertility procedure used to choose the sex of a baby for family balancing purposes.

Gender Selection Technology

Demand for gender selection is growing and our innovative IVF and genetic testing technology has been responding in kind with more than 99% accuracy. That’s not all. Gender selection is an inevitable by-product of genetic testing. Through genetic testing, the sex of each embryo is identifiable.

Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS)

PGS and NGS technology works to identify embryos with chromosomal abnormalities while they culture during the IVF process. The best part? PGS/NGS is the testing of an embryo’s overall chromosomal normalcy prior to being transferred to the patient’s uterus. Chromosomal abnormalities make an embryo too week to thrive into a fetus if it manages to implant into a woman’s uterine lining.

An Embryo’s Gender Chromosomal Make Up

The gender of an embryo is determined by the chromosomes carried in the sperm.

  • A man’s sperm can carry either the X or Y chromosome
  • A woman’s egg only contributes the X chromosome to the fertilized embryo
  • An embryo with XY makeup is male
  • An embryo with XX makeup is female

PGS Increases Pregnancy Rates By Up To 30 Percent

Universal blastocyst embryo screening is recommended for our patients because the procedure can help increase the chances of a pregnancy by 30 percent. Our fertility specialists recommend PGS/NGS in conjunction with IVF for:

  • Women over 37 who are undergoing IVF
  • Women who have had two or more unsuccessful IVF cycles
  • Women under 35 who have experienced two or more miscarriages – recurrent miscarriage
  • Women who are over 35 and have experience one miscarriage

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