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IVF and Gender Selection - How Does it Work?

By Vicken Sahakian, M.D. on May 11, 2019

Pink and blue baby shoesThanks to modern screening and testing of embryos during in vitro fertilization (IVF), a fertility doctor can determine gender of a child before the implantation process. This is not the stuff of science fiction, but part of the new reality of modern assisted reproduction. Pacific Fertility Center is glad to offer gender selection during IVF with the assistance of a fertility doctor, allowing people in the Los Angeles, CA area to have a child and experience the joys of raising him or her.

We’d like to take a moment to go over some of the basics of genre selection, how it works, and how accurate the process has proven. This will help you decide if gender selection is the right option for you.

Reasons for Gender Selection During IVF

There are many reasons why a couple or individual would opt for gender selection. The primary reason for gender selection tends to be family balancing. This essentially means that if you have always wanted a girl but have only had sons, family balancing can help ensure you get to raise a baby girl.

There are deeply personal reasons for wanting to select gender, and we aim to respect your decision. If you are wondering about gender selection and if it’s a good option for your needs, we can discuss this during the consultation process at our Los Angeles fertility clinic.

The Role of PGD/PGS in Gender Selection

After the egg and sperm have been combined and fertilization has occurred, fertility doctors can examine the embryos, This involved preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), which is also known as preimplantation genetic screening (PGS). Thank to PGD/PGS, fertility doctors can determine if an embryo has any chromosomal abnormalities that could lead to a birth defect or developmental issue.

In addition to identifying genetic issues and potential birth defects, PGD/PGS can also be used to determine the gender of your child. Fertility doctors can identify if an embryo carries two X chromosomes (female) or an X and a Y chromosome (male). From this, the gender of a baby is accurately determined.

How Accurate is Gender Selection During IVF?

Very accurate.

Given a fertility doctor’s ability to identify XX or XY chromosomes in the embryo, the gender selection process is almost 100 percent accurate.

What to Do About Unused Embryos

If an embryo is not the gender you prefer, we can discuss various options for what to do with it. This embryo may still be viable, which means that rather than just disposing of it, the embryo could be donated to an infertile couple or individual. The embryo can also be donated to science to medical researchers can better understand birth and development. It’s also possible to freeze the embryo to be used at a later time.

Discussing Gender Selection with Our Doctors

There are many issues to consider when it comes to gender selection and IVF. We would be more than happy to discuss them with you at our Los Angeles area fertility center. This will allow us to go over all of the pros and cons of the process, and what you should consider about it. We will help you make the right decision for your needs.

Learn More About Gender Selection During IVF

If you would like to learn more about gender selection during IVF and why it may be a good option to consider, we encourage you to contact our team of fertility doctors. You can reach Pacific Fertility Center by calling (310) 209-7700.

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