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Family Balancing Through Gender Selection Technology

Asian children using tablet togetherMore and more women are using gender selection technology in conjunction with IVF to choose the sex of their babies. This is known as Family Balancing. Depending on the sex of children presently in a family, parents can select the gender of their next planned baby. Family Balancing is available to New Hope Fertility patients by using PGS/NGS testing of embryos as the culture and develop in vitro. Resulting embryos are closely monitored by our skilled embryologist using state-of-the-art EmbryoScope technology.

Family Balancing Popularity is a Growing Trend

Gender selection is socially acceptable and gaining in popularity. No longer is gender selection stigmatized as a social engineering tool used to make designer babies. Gender identification and selection technology can easily help you choose the sex of your baby. PGS/NGS technology in conjunction with IVF will help you choose the sex of your baby with 99% accuracy

You can balance the sexes of your future family with genetic testing technology.

Gender Identification and Selection Technology

Gender selection is a beneficial by-product of genetic testing for abnormalities in embryos culturing in vitro. Through genetic testing, the sex of each embryo is identifiable.

The Make-Up of an Embryo’s Gender

The chromosomes of a sperm determine an embryo’s gender.

  • 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

Genetic Identification and Selection Procedure

Genetic testing is performed 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 small sample of cells are is removed from the embryo by a highly skilled embryologist using a laser and a microscopic glass needle
  • The cells’ 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 Genetic Testing in Conjunction with IVF

The benefits of genetic testing 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

Dr. Zhang recommends universal blastocyst embryo screening for his patients because the procedure can help increase their chances of a pregnancy by 30 percent.

  • 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.

Genetic Testing For Informed Decisions

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

Genetic Testing 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

Gender Selection Expertise

Please discuss your family planning goals during your initial consultation with Dr. John Zhang at New Hope Fertility Centercall 212.969.7422.