March 3, 2023

How Does Gender Selection Work?

How Does Gender Selection Work?

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Gender reveal parties have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, but some couples are now turning to the latest technology and treatments to choose the biological gender of their baby. At Reproductive Facility, our fertility specialists are here to assist you in creating a happy and healthy family. 

A couple discussing gender selection with their fertility specialist.

There is no denying the emotion that comes with finding out the sex of your baby; in fact, parents have had gender preferences for centuries. According to a study by Gallup, there has been a consistently higher parent preference to have a male child since 1941. The study also shows that men are strong in their choice for boys, while women have more divided preferences.

What Is Gender Selection?

Gender selection is a technique that allows intended parents to choose their baby’s biological gender with genetic testing. This way, they can enjoy knowing the sex of their baby long before birth.

Embryos are created through in vitro fertilization (IVF), and then the sex of the embryos can be evaluated with a preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). This diagnosis can examine the embryos for genetic abnormalities as well as sex to indicate if they are male or female. Then, the healthiest embryo of the chosen sex can be placed in the mother's uterus. 

Is Gender Selection Accurate? 

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) has a 99 percent accuracy rate for gender selection. If conception occurs after IVF, your baby will likely be the sex of your choice.

What Are the Benefits of Choosing Your Baby’s Sex?

A source of excitement for prospective parents is the ultrasound appointment where they find out if they are pregnant with a boy or girl. But now, it is common for parents to choose the sex of their baby, and this process can have many benefits.

Common Reasons for Gender Selection Include the Desire to:

  • Choose the biological gender of your firstborn or only child
  • Have a balance of sexes among your children (family balancing)
  • Know the gender before implantation so there is ample time to prepare
  • Eliminate the possibility of sex-linked diseases

People choose the gender of their baby for many reasons. Every case is unique, and our fertility specialists understand and can further explain the benefits of biological gender selection.

Interested in Gender Selection for Your Future Child? 

If you are interested in learning more about gender selection and how it works, please call our office at (310) 881-8846. You can also fill out our online consultation form, and we will reach out to you to schedule your appointment at one of our Southern California offices.

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