IVF and Gender Selection: Success Rates and Outcomes
Your success in having an IVF depends on a few factors, including your age and your health. However, age, among several other factors, still plays an important role in your likelihood to become pregnant with IVF. The overall IVF success rate is just above 22%, although this figure is generally higher for younger women.
Of course, the success rates for in vitro fertilization top out at about 50% for each cycle, and the selection of the sex usually reduces the available number of embryos by half (assuming that the intended parents do not carry any opposite-sex embryos). Doing gender selection australia through both PGT and IVF results in the desired sex embryos being transferred with more than 99.9% precision. For people seeking fertility treatments, and who are undergoing PGT-assisted IVF, selection of a baby’s gender is an added benefit that comes with the genetic assessment of an embryo. The IVF/PGT approach is recommended for couples that would not agree to having a baby with an unwanted sex.
After the unwanted embryos are separated, parents may also choose their baby’s gender, by identifying a specific gender embryo(s) for fetal transfer via IVF. For example, if parents have two daughters, they may decide to transfer a male embryo.
Once an embryos gender is established, a prospective mother or father may select which embryos she wishes to use for implantation. Virtually nobody objects to selection, since information about the embryos sex is obtained for medical purposes.
The decision to take sex into account in choosing the embryo is highly personal. There are deeply personal reasons why you may wish to select your own sex when having IVF, and we strive to respect your decision. Our IVF clinic in San Antonio respects the right of every parent to consider the sex in their decision about what direction to go in this phase of their IVF process. The specialists at our Tennessee fertility center can help you decide if you would like to choose your baby’s gender using PGT for your IVF.
Selecting a baby’s sex with the use of IVF for non-medical reasons among fertile couples is ethically contentious. The use of PGD to select an elective sex, even in couples who have already undergone IVF as indicated by the doctor, is not encouraged, and it is certainly discouraged to start IVF and PGD purely to choose the sex of a child in a fertile patient. The ability to identify embryo sex through PGD is a difficult issue, particularly in societies where a particular sex is most preferred.
Using PGD to choose the best embryo is obviously superior to conventional methods of selection. Given a fertility doctors ability to determine the chromosomes of either XX or XY on an embryo using PGD tests, the IVF gender selection is nearly 100% accurate. Whether the reason for gender selection is medical or for choice, the success rates of the gender selection are extremely high using in vitro fertilization with either Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) or Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS/PGT-A).
In combination with IVF, screening and diagnostic tests with preimplantation genetic diagnosis give patients the ability to choose a gender in their fertility clinic. Gender selection is available when patients use in vitro fertilization (IVF) with preimplantation genetic testing (PGT).
Based on results obtained by a genetics laboratory, an ideal embryo is then selected and returned to the womb using in-vitro fertilization (IVF). At Life IVF, fertilized eggs are Biopsied to perform a Genetic Test/screening in the blastocyst stage using Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGS) to ensure a safe outcome and greater implantation success. To do gender selection through PGD, the embryologist uses a microscopic glass needle to gently extract a single cell from every viable embryo created during the IVF process.
Done alongside in vitro fertilization (IVF), preconception gender selection allows would-be parents to select their children’s gender prior to conception, or before the viable embryo is transferred into the womb for implantation. The most common methods of gender selection include In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) paired with Preimplantation Genetic Testing (embryonic testing — also known as PGS or PGD).
By screening all the chromosomes, EuroCAREs IVF team can determine the gender of an embryo (s) as well, according to a sex pair (XX and XY). Sex selection allows couples to select either female-female embryos or those that are not affected by sex to avoid risking such genetic disorders for their children.
Medical sex selection would be done to prevent the disease associated with the sex, whereas non-medical selection is simply done in order to meet a parents wish to reproduce of a particular gender. When discussing gender selection for the purposes of family balance (also called non-medical or voluntary sex selection), parents generally wish to have equal numbers of sons and daughters or have one baby of the sex that is unrepresented in the family. In simple terms, family balancing means if you always wanted a girl, but have only had boys, intending parents may choose genders at the time of in vitro fertilization to make sure that you will be able to have a baby girl.
Those who want to choose sex for family balancing babies go through the same protocols and treatments that women and men who use IVF go through. These current IVF patients, and past patients with eggs or embryos stored in storage for a future pregnancy, might also wish to consider selecting the sex. With expanded PGD indications and promotion of preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) for identification of aneuploid embryos in IVF cycles, physicians caring for patients undergoing IVF will encounter this ethical dilemma regarding sex selection more frequently and regularly. PGT is an added expense for IVF, but if testing is already a part of the treatment plan, sex selection is available without an added charge.