At the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Janelle Dorsett uses advanced in vitro fertilization, or IVF, methods to improve the chances of conception for those who have had difficulty becoming pregnant. Whether you've struggled to become pregnant or already have children, you may feel your family isn't complete without a son or a daughter. Thanks to scientific advancements, gender selection is now possible to help those who have wished for a child of a specific sex to realize their dreams. Gender selection may not be right for all families, but there are a number of factors to consider that may make it the right choice for you. Today, we'll take a closer look at gender selection and why some of our Lubbock, TX patients have chosen it for their families. If you would like more information about gender selection, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dorsett.
What Is Gender Selection?
Gender selection, also called sex selection, is a procedure that may be used in conjunction with in vitro fertilization to choose the sex of a baby. Gender selection is performed through a process called preimplantation genetic screening, or PGS.
How Is Gender Selection Performed?
The preimplantation genetic screening process begins much like in vitro fertilization (IVF), starting with fertility medications to increase egg production. Once the eggs are sufficiently mature, they are harvested and fertilized within a lab. The resulting embryos are left to mature for five days in a special incubator. After the maturation period, the embryos are checked for gender and tested for any chromosomal abnormalities and evaluated for overall embryonic health. At this point, the ideal embryo with the desired gender can then be placed within the woman's uterus through the IVF process.
Why Consider Gender Selection?
Every individual or couple who chooses to undergo gender selection has unique reasons that gender selection is right for their family. Some reasons to consider gender selection include:
- Personal reasons: Some families may choose gender selection to create gender balance within their families, or so that they will have children of both genders. Other women or couples may choose gender selection because they have always dreamed of having a son or a daughter. Those who would like to have only one child may also decide gender selection is right for them.
- Medical reasons: Certain genetic diseases are sex-linked, meaning they are carried on the X or Y chromosome. Examples of sex-linked genetic diseases include cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, Tay-Sachs, Huntington's disease, and muscular dystrophy. If either partner carries a genetic disorder, gender selection can prevent the child from being affected by such conditions. For example, when diseases affect the Y chromosome, selecting for the female gender, XX, can rule out Y linked genetic diseases.
Learn More About Gender Selection
If you are struggling to get pregnant or feel a son or daughter would make your family complete, IVF and gender selection may be right for you. For answers to your questions about IVF, or if you would like more information about gender selection, please contact our staff to schedule a consultation with Dr. Dorsett.