Gender Selection

Gender Selection- choose the sex of your child

Gender Selection is used to create a harmonious family by balancing the sexes. It is a very accurate and safe procedure that allows you to share the joy of having both male and female children. Gender Selection also eases the burden on a woman's health, which can be compromised by multiple pregnancies trying to achieve a baby of a particular sex. It is an important development in modern fertility treatment.

The Procedure

To ensure the most accurate results PGS and NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) Embryo DNA testing is used for Gender Selection. This involves the genetic investigation of early stage embryos that have been produced through in-vitro fertilization (IVF). This allows our Embryology team to determine the sex of individual embryos, (female or male) and their chromosomal make-up, (whether the embryo is abnormal). PGS and NGS are far superior to the older PGD and are perfect for Intended Parents wishing to choose the sex of their baby.

The PGS/NGS process

Embryos created from your IVF cycle are cultured in the laboratory for 3 days when they will have developed approximately 8 cells. Embryos with normal development on Day-3 will have one or two cells removed for testing. This is performed by placing the embryo under a powerful microscope and using a Laser to make a small incision in the zona pellucida, (a tough outer membrane holding the embryo together). Depending on the health and size of the embryo, one or two cells are taken out for DNA testing.

PGS/NGS is the safest and most accurate method of Gender Selection

Unlike PGD there is no evidence that PGS/NGS leads to an increase in birth defects or chromosomal disorders. It is performed before the embryo's genetic material becomes 'active' when the cells inside the embryo are still all identical and each cell is still capable of becoming any part of a baby. Removal of one or two cells from an early stage embryo does not alter the ability of that embryo to develop into a completely normal pregnancy.

Choosing which embryos to transfer

Our Doctor will only transfer embryos that have passed PGS/NGS screening and, different to PGD, all chromosome pairs are tested for abnormalities. This means that each embryo that passes the screening has the best chance of developing into a healthy pregnancy. This results in far higher pregnancy success rates than with PGD.

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