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Gender Selection Through Embryo Screening

Advancements in infertility technology now allows intended parents to safely select the sex of their unborn child.  While the majority of anticipating parents would be happy with either a boy or girl, in some instances an individual or  couple may want to predetermine the gender.

Sex selection is an option for those who want to avoid passing sex-linked genetic disorders to their children, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy or hemophilia, a  bleeding disorder that slows the blood clotting process.

Sex selection also might appeal to parents who have children of one sex and want to have a child of the other sex, or what is sometimes referred to as “family balancing.” Through Pre-implantation Genetic Screening (PGS) in conjunction with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) process, doctors can determine the sex of the embryo, as well as its health to increase the likelihood of a successful pregnancy.

PGS is a comprehensive chromosome embryo screening that examines embryos for chromosomal abnormalities. All 24 chromosomes (22 autosomes plus X and Y) are examined to evaluate any gains or losses of chromosomes, also known as aneuploidy. PGS is almost 100-percent accurate (99.9%) at determining the sex of an embryo.

In addition to identifying the sex of an embryo, PGS increases the likelihood to achieve a healthy baby as it:

  • Reduces the likelihood of miscarriage and increases likelihood of successful implantation by identifying healthy embryos
  • Decreases the likelihood of abnormal pregnancy
  • Reduces the lost of time and incurred additional costs with multiple IVF cycles
  • Identifies clinical alterations include extra copy of chromosome 21 (Down Syndrome), translocations and/or inversions

The steps involved with PGS are as follows:

  1. Normal In Vitro Fertilization treatments will occur where eggs will be collected and fertilized.
  2. Embryos will be given the chance to grow three days or five days.
  3. Cells will be removed via a biopsy procedure by the embryologist.
  4. Chromosomes are analyzed by our expert scientists to evaluate duplications and/or deletions.

Reproductive Sciences Medical Center has the capability to perform the analysis on-site. Our embryologists have over 40 years of combined experience that you can count on in the area of Pre-implantation Genetic Screening.

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