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Sex selection and reasons

Postby Emily » Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:09 pm

Hi all,
My name is Emily, and I'm curious to know your personal reasons for wanting to choose your child's gender.
I have long considered it. Even if you haven't undergone the procedure, or never will, I'd still like to hear your thoughts,
Thanks, and I hope you have a super lovely day :D
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Re: Sex selection and reasons

Postby lpirie03 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:02 pm

We are looking into it because we have 3 girls and would love to have a boy. I have already had 2 c-sections so one more and that is it. The only thing that worries me the most is paying out all that money and we do not get a healthy male embryo or it does not take.
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Re: Sex selection and reasons

Postby RZachary » Wed Jan 14, 2015 5:11 am

The only situation in which you should be advised to use sex selection is in the case of medical need, such as being at risk of passing on a known genetic disease that affects children of one sex only. In this case, it is acceptable to select the sex of an embryo so it will be unaffected by the disease. Most of the risks involved in sex selection treatment are similar to those for conventional in vitro fertilisation (IVF).
With sex selection, there is also the possibility that:

some embryos may be damaged by the process of testing
no embryos are suitable for transfer to the womb after sex selection (i.e. all embryos are of the sex being selected against)
flow cytometry is not 100% reliable, which is why it is not normally offered.

Often with ADME Studies, the reason a family wants to select the sex of their child is for a medical reason. This could be because the family is genetically predisposed to passing on a sex-linked genetic disease, many of which are inherited by the mother but only affect her male children.

Examples of sex-linked genetic diseases include muscular dystrophy, fragile-X syndrome and hemophilia. Nearly all people with sex-linked disorders are male, and the disorder is passed on through the mother because a son’s X chromosomes always come from the mother. All daughters of an affected male will be carriers.

Families who want to screen embryos for the single gene mutations that cause genetic disease can do so by undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) and having the resultant embryos tested with single-gene preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), which looks for a single specific mutation. However, if the genetic disorder is sex-linked, a couple may also simply choose to screen for the sex chromosome with preimplantation genetic screening (PGS). PGS does not look for a specific disease and instead screens chromosomes for abnormalities and sex. With PGS, the fertility doctor can select only female embryos to transfer to the woman’s uterus.

Another medical reason for selecting the gender of a baby may, in fact, be psychological. For example, a family may have lost a child and wants to have another child of the same gender.
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Re: Sex selection and reasons

Postby TonyaRodriguez » Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:49 pm

I am pregnant with our second child. I am 7 weeks and have 1st doctors visit on wed. Does anyone believe in or know of any ways one can know the gender of the baby, for example by last period date, or any other form?
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Re: Sex selection and reasons

Postby CindyS » Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:20 am

Yes, choosing the sex of your child is technically possible, thanks to advances in fertility treatments that allow doctors to identify male and female embryos. Sex selection is an option for couples who want to avoid passing sex-linked genetic disorders to their children. It also might appeal to parents who have children of one sex and want to have a child of the other sex. (This is sometimes called "family balancing.")

But today's sex-selection options aren't equally effective, affordable, or available. The most accurate sex-selection methods are the most expensive (tens of thousands of dollars) and often mean you have to undergo invasive infertility treatments and take fertility drugs with potential side effects.

If you're serious about trying one of these techniques for family balancing,Restylane Birmingham, you'll have to meet strict requirements. At some fertility clinics, you won't be eligible unless you're married and already have at least one child of the opposite sex you're trying for. And some clinics have age limits, but all will run hormone tests to see if you're still fertile.

Keep in mind that Mother Nature has already tipped the odds a bit in favor of boys: According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately 105 boys are born for every 100 girls.

Read on for more information on how today's sex-selection methods work, whether you may eligible to try them, and how much they cost.
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Re: Sex selection and reasons

Postby failuretomultiply » Sun Jan 10, 2016 12:17 am

My husband and I decided to do aCGH to rule out any genetic abnormalities. Having done Ivf with icsi, we wanted to make sure no drugs or human error from ART had occurred. We ended up finding out that we had two boys and four girls. We transferred one of each during our first FET and neither worked out. At our second FET, we did one of each again and we got our beautiful baby girl. Now we have two girls left. Mentally to get through all the struggles I had to tell myself that I was going to end up with twins and our family would be compete. We were going to donate the rest to science like we did all the embryos that didn't make it to day 6 and the other unfertilized underdeveloped eggs. Well... We didn't get our twins, and we have one child now. After years of treatments and some $60,000 plus later, we are ecstatic to have our baby girl. The reason I'm giving this whole back story is because having the knowledge of what gender our blastocysts/embryos are personified them for me more than I could have imagined. I think that if I didn't know the gender I would not be as attached. But I have made peace with the fact that I will never have a little boy. It totally ruled out a what if. Now I am trying to decide if we want to spend about 10,000 more to have these "girls" transferred. If they were not stored at our center I would have no desire to have more children. But we have them and now we are in the same position as thousands of other parents with stored embryos. So I guess for me it's 50/50. I know I can never have a boy so doing the testing was worth while. I don't have to guess or wish one of them is going to be a son for me. And the other part of me wishes I would not be so attached to the girls because I don't know if they could work out. (My appoligies to anyone who would do anything to have "extra" embryos for the chance of children. I have been there. I send well wishes your way.)
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Re: Sex selection and reasons

Postby xenia » Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:08 am

RZachary wrote:The only situation in which you should be advised to use sex selection is in the case of medical need, such as being at risk of passing on a known genetic disease that affects children of one sex only. In this case, it is acceptable to select the sex of an embryo so it will be unaffected by the disease. Most of the risks involved in sex selection treatment are similar to those for conventional in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

I have just come across the info that Polish invitro clinics Invicta has designed and launched so called PGD X-linked diagnosis to test for a carrier status of X-linked conditions.
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Re: Sex selection and reasons

Postby rahulkumar123 » Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:53 am

I will do search on the internet about this
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Re: Sex selection and reasons

Postby phannson88 » Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:16 am

We are looking into it because we have 3 girls and would love to have a boy. I have already had 2 c-sections so one more and that is it.

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