Gender selection allows hopeful parents to choose their baby’s gender
Our Las Vegas fertility specialists find that some hopeful parents want to decide whether they have a boy or a girl. A leading-edge fertility procedure called gender selection allows patients to choose their baby’s gender.
Reasons parents opt for gender selection
Hopeful parents may choose gender selection with our Las Vegas fertility specialists for elective or medical reasons. Elective gender selection occurs when the parents have a preference as to whether they have a boy or a girl. This is common when parents have multiple children of one gender and want to have a child of the opposite gender to balance their family.
Medical gender selection can help parents avoid conceiving a child with a sex-linked genetic disorder. For example, muscular dystrophy and hemophilia come from the mother, but only affect male children. Additionally, other conditions, such as Fragile X syndrome, affect one sex more than the other.
The process of gender selection
Our Las Vegas fertility specialists perform gender selection as part of in vitro fertilization (IVF). The egg provider first takes medication to stimulate the development of multiple egg-containing follicles and her fertility specialist then retrieves the mature eggs. After one of our embryologists combines the eggs with sperm from the male partner or a sperm donor, they monitor them for fertilization and embryonic growth.
Between Day 5 and Day 7 of development, the embryologist gently takes a small sample of cells from each embryo. This provides enough DNA to perform the testing, but it does not harm the embryo’s growth and development.
Depending on the wishes of the hopeful parents, these samples will undergo preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) or preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to determine which embryos are female and which are male. It can also provide information about which embryos are genetically normal.
Once our Las Vegas fertility specialists receive the results of testing, they will transfer one of the healthy embryos of the desired gender to the woman’s uterus and monitor her for pregnancy.
Leading-edge family-building options
Gender selection allows hopeful parents to build their family – the way they want it. Contact us to schedule an appointment with our Las Vegas fertility specialists to learn more.