There are many reasons why couples would consider sex selection when thinking about a family. At Fertility Specialists of Texas, we have been a leader in preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) and are able to assure that if you conceive, the proper gender will be born with a high degree of accuracy. Many couples may want to use gender selection to prevent transmitting one of the more than 500+ gender-linked genetic diseases to their child.
Sex selection for family balancing allows families to choose to have a boy or girl before becoming pregnant. This option allows families to “balance” the number of girls or boys they have in their family. Couples often choose family balancing for personal or cultural reasons.
Gender selection is performed through the laboratory technique of preimplantation genetic screening (PGS). During the laboratory process of PGS, embryos that are created in an IVF cycle undergo a cell biopsy on days 5 and 6 of development and cells are sent to a genetics laboratory to examine the two sex chromosomes (X & Y) to determine the gender (male or female) of each embryo. Embryos are cryopreserved after the biopsy procedure and only embryos of the preferred gender are placed into the woman’s uterus in a subsequent frozen embryo transfer cycle.