Do you want to balance the gender in your family?
The Society for Assisted Reproductive Technolgies (SART.org) has guidelines mandating fertility specialists to discourage patients from choosing one gender over another for their next child. This is because such choices are viewed as a form of sex discrimination. Our society does, indeed, ascribe certain desirable and undesirable characteristics to each sex and it is usually for such reasons that prospective parents wish for offspring of a certain gender. When building a family, one should keep in mind that having a healthy child is of paramount importance and that each child will be quite different from its siblings, even from siblings of the same sex.
Though each pregnancy has a 50% chance to be male and a 50% chance to be female, some families have more children of one gender. If undergoing an in-vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure has been deemed necessary to conceive, it is understandable that, in such situations, a family may request Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), especially because PGD can have other benefits for IVF patients in addition to allowing for gender selection in some cases; PGD is a procedure that can be performed only on embryos formed as the result of IVF. Also, PGD is the only certain way to determine the sex of an embryo before it implants. Therefore, PGD can be used to control, or select, the gender of a resultant IVF pregnancy.
PGD can help patients have a child of the underrepresented gender in their family. Men and women requesting PGD for gender selection are evaluated on a case by case basis so you can determine if the procedure makes sense for you. For more information about family balancing or to schedule an appointment for an evaluation for PGD please do not hesitate to call FIRST!