PGD and Gender Selection

Gender Selection

gender selection

Gender (sex) selection at our Beverly Hills, Sherman Oaks, and Valencia fertility clinics is available to IVF patients through preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).  Dr. Najmabadi and the team at the Center for Reproductive Health & Gynecology can use the latest technology to determine the gender of an embryo, whether the patient wants to know the gender of a baby for medical or elective reasons.

What is Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) For Genetic Selection

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis is a process where doctors and fertility experts can examine embryos while they are developing in an IVF dish.  After day 3 after fertilization, when the embryo has reached the 8 cell stage, a single cell may be removed and tested.  If the tested cell is found to have a Y chromosome, we know that the embryo is of the male gender before it is transplanted into the uterus.  This method of sex selection is up to 99% accurate.

Gender Selection For Medical Reasons

In some cases, sex selection is used to prevent a genetic disease.  Sex-linked diseases, such as muscular dystrophy or hemophelia, are inherited from the mother but only affect male offspring.  Other conditions, including autism and fragile X syndrome, are more likely to affect males than females.  With sex selection, couples can significantly reduce the chance that their baby will be born with one of these serious and potentially life-threatening conditions.

Gender Selection For Elective Reasons

Some parents strongly desire a child of a specific gender, regardless of medical indications.  These “elective” sex selection preferences are often based on the desire for what is called “family balancing”, when only one gender is represented in the family.  For example, a couple that already has three boys may desire a female child.

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