Gender Selection: Made Possible Through Reproductive Technologies
Understanding Gender Selection
IVF and Genetic Testing
Thousands of couples have conceived children with the help of IVF, and our IVF doctors have personally been instrumental in over 7,000 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.
Thousands of couples have conceived children with the help of IVF, and our IVF doctors have personally been instrumental in over 7,000 births internationally.