Parents can use the in vitro fertilization process to select the sex of their next child, either by choosing a boy if they already have a girl (or vice versa) or by selecting the sex least likely to carry a known genetic disorder such as hemophilia or Fragile X. At Advanced Reproductive Concepts in Charlotte, North Carolina, we advise you on all aspects of the family balancing/gender selection process. Dr. Mark Jutras has been at the forefront of in vitro fertilization since it was first available to the public, and he welcomes new patient inquiries. Call for your appointment today.
Some people feel their family isn’t complete until they have at least one son and one daughter. Family balancing (also known as gender selection) is a way to achieve this, using sex selection during an in vitro fertilization cycle. Once the woman’s eggs have been fertilized, the staff at Advanced Reproductive Concepts has the resulting embryos tested to see if they are male or female. Dr. Jutras transfers only those of the desired sex to the woman’s uterus.
Additionally, some parents don’t want to pass on sex-linked genetic disorders to their children. They might be a carrier of a disorder such as hemophilia or Duchenne muscular dystrophy that only affects boys. These conditions are incurable and can have a dramatic effect on quality of life, so it makes sense for these families to choose only girl children if they can.
During in vitro fertilization, Dr. Jutras takes a tiny cell sample from an embryo that has been growing for five to six days and tests it for a normal set of chromosomes and/or genetic disorders. These tests detect whether the embryo has XX chromosomes for a girl or XY for a boy. Dr. Jutras then transfers only those embryos of the desired sex into the woman’s uterus.
PGD, which stands for preimplantation genetic diagnosis, is a test performed on an embryo to identify genetic defects. Parents who are worried about passing on serious inheritable genetic disorders may request a PGD. This test identifies embryos that are affected by or are a carrier of a particular genetic disorder. This means only unaffected embryos of the selected sex are transferred.
PGS, or preimplantation genetic screening, is a simpler test used by parents without genetic disorders to test the embryo for the correct number of chromosomes. An embryo with a normal number of chromosomes is more likely to turn into a successful pregnancy, especially in an older mother.
Dr. Jutras has been helping parents start and build families for more than 35 years. He can advise you on the social and medical aspects of family balancing, and the risks and benefits of in vitro fertilization.
If you are trying to conceive for your first child, please call us to discuss your options. This does not automatically disqualify you as a patient. Call to set up a consultation today.