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

Proven Increase in IVF Pregnancy Rates

State-of-the-art embryo biopsy techniques and genetics technologies have proven to increase IVF pregnancy rates. Through the medical marvel of PGS/NGS in conjunction with IVF, genetic and chromosomal abnormalities can be detected in embryos.

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  • Only high quality embryos are transferred to the patient’s uterus
  • Only high quality embryos are cryopreserved for Future Embryo Transfer (FET) procedures

PGS Detects Low Quality Embryos

As a woman advances in age, the chance for chromosomal abnormalities in embryos increases. Low quality embryos result in:

  • Low pregnancy success rates
  • High miscarriage rates
  • High chance for birth defects

PGS/NGS Procedure

PGS/NGS takes place in conjunction with IVF in a controlled laboratory setting. Three days after fertilization of the patient’s eggs in vitro, cells are removed from each of the embryos developing.

  • A single cell is removed from the embryo by a highly skilled embryologist using a laser and a microscopic glass needle
  • The single cell’s genetic makeup is analyzed by the embryologist under a microscope
  • A decision is made as to the quality of each of the individual embryos
  • Only high quality embryos are used in completion of a fresh IVF cycle
  • Only high quality embryos are cryopreserved for future FET procedures

Other Benefits of PGS/NGS in Conjunction With IVF

The benefits of PGS/NGS in conjunction with IVF include:

  • Screening out embryos carrying a genetic disease
  • Predicting the risk of a genetic disease
  • Screening out abnormalities
  • Improving birth rates of healthy babies through IVF

Celebrated Gender Selection Expertise

To schedule your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Center call 917.525.5496.

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