Gender Selection Family Balancing
Gender selection is an option for patients participating in our in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. Our families may choose to implant embryos of a specific gender to ensure that the child will be a specific sex.
Using a process called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), we will evaluate the embryos for your IVF cycle once the cells have begun dividing. One of the cells is removed and used to analyze the viability of the embryo, or the likelihood that the embryo will implant and thrive. At this time, we also look for any genetic abnormalities for couples that need specific information about the genetic makeup of the embryo. This same evaluation reveals whether the embryo is female or male. If the couple has specified which sex they would prefer, we can choose only to implant the embryos that are that gender.
Our couples have many reasons why they would choose gender selection. There are some genetic diseases that are linked to the gender of the child, so couples may choose to select a gender where that disease is unlikely to develop. There are also instances where the child is born with hopes that it can be a bone marrow match for another child. In some cases, gender selection is an opportunity to reduce the risk of autism. Others would like to choose gender so they can have the experience of raising both genders of children, or for what we sometimes refer to as family balancing.
We realize that in some parts of the world, gender selection is illegal. This is not the case in the United States. Here at HRC, we believe it is every couple’s right to have this option. As the science of reproductive medicine advances, so do the capabilities of the doctors who practice it. Gender selection is one of the benefits of the advances in our medical technology that we are proud to offer here at HRC Fertility.
GenderSure: HRC is proud to partner with the company GenderSure. With their proprietary technique, they can identify the chromosomes of an embryo in the earliest stages with 99.9 percent accuracy. PGD testing shows whether the embryo is XX (female) or XY (male). What makes GenderSure even better than the average lab is that they increase accuracy even more with a second analysis of the makeup, thus further solidifying the findings and making this the most accurate PGD testing technology in the world.