Gender Selection Through Genetic Testing

Reproductive technologies have advanced to a great degree, and now lab tests can identify the gender of an embryo in the earliest stages. In conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF), these effective tests allow patients the option of gender selection at Pacific Fertility Center in Los Angeles, CA.

With four locations in the Los Angeles area, our clinics treat patients with infertility problems and assist others in a variety of ways as they pursue parenthood. Our goal is to counsel, guide, and assist patients in building the healthy, balanced family of their dreams. If you would like a consultation with one of our physician specialists, contact Pacific Fertility Center today.

"The doctor I saw (Dr. Sproul) there was great: compassionate, positive and accessible. She even came in the day before she went on maternity leave (I think while in early labor?) to help me with a fertility problem. She actually cares about how you’re feeling. And she has a memory like an elephant: she remembers everything we have talked about, I don’t even remember. She’s also very kind, which is so important: you’re pretty vulnerable, and scared, and confused when you’re there, and she makes it almost like visiting a really cool, very educating friend instead of a scary fertility science experiment."

- Sona K.

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About Gender Selection

Patients discussing sex of a babyPatients have varied reasons for an interest in gender selection. Some genetically transmitted diseases are gender based, meaning it is more likely a couple will have a healthy girl or a boy depending on the type of disorder. In other cases, a couple may have lost a child and wish to have another of the same sex, or simply feel psychologically more equipped to parent one gender or the other.

Whether the reason is medical or elective, gender selection is extremely effective using IVF with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) or preimplantation genetic Sscreening (PGS). We are experienced in all techniques used for gender selection, including sperm spinning, but IVF with genetic testing is the only approach which is truly reliable.

IVF and Genetic Testing

Thousands of couple have conceived children with the help of IVF, and our IVF doctors have personally been instrumental in over 4,000 births internationally. In IVF, eggs harvested from the patient or a donor are fertilized with sperm in the laboratory. The resulting embryos are then transferred into the uterus of the patient or a surrogate.

PGD/PGS takes place after the second stage of IVF. The fertilized embryo is cultured for five to six days until it reaches the blastocyst stage. Then, a highly trained embryologist removes a small number of cells from the pre-placenta area using a laser and a microscopic glass needle.

In PGD, the DNA is examined to identify a specific disease, such as muscular dystrophy, which can be passed to male offspring via the mother. Alternatively, PGS screens for chromosomal abnormalities; it is most often performed for patients who are older or have had trouble conceiving or avoiding miscarriage. Once testing is complete, the healthy embryo of the desired gender can be transferred to the uterus.

For gender selection, these tests detect the sex of an embryo with almost 100% accuracy. However, not all patients are able to produce healthy embryos of the desired gender. Reasons for this may include age, egg supply, or sperm quality. In these cases, sperm or egg donation is another possible avenue to pursue, and Pacific Fertility Center can assist you with this treatment option.

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Pacific Fertility Center has high rates of success with IVF, genetic testing, gender selection, and other infertility treatments. We offer egg freezing, reverse tubal ligation, assisted hatching, and more. Committed to helping patients contain costs, we also offer financing options, payment packages and discounts. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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