Over hereditary diseases Unlike many programs offering gender selection only to very limited couples with known genetic disorders in the family we make gender selection available to all patients.
While many people would be happy to have a healthy child, regardless of their gender, others are desperate to have a baby of a certain sex file photo Get daily news updates directly to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribingWe have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email While many people would be happy to have a healthy child, regardless of their gender, others are desperate to have a baby of a certain sex.
And with the help of advanced genetic techniques, choosing the sex of your child - otherwise known as gender selection - is now a real possibility, although it is illegal in the UK. But should we be allowed to choose the gender of our children? Here we delve deeper into the ethical minefield of gender selection, and whether if should be legalised in the UK.
Splash News How does it work? There are several ways to select the sex of a baby. The most effective technique is known as Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis PGDwhich has an accuracy of almost per cent. Females have two X chromosomes, while males have one X and one Y, meaning that doctors can easily identify embryos that will be boys or girls.
Read More New human organ discovered - and scientists think it could explain spread of cancer The most effective technique is known as Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis PGDwhich has an accuracy of almost per cent Image: Invitra Depending on what the parent wants, an embryo of a certain sex can then be implanted into the mother.
Another option is sperm sorting, in which sperm are divided according to whether they carry male or female chromosomes. The desired sperm can then be implanted into the mother - with a 92 per cent success rate. Other options include pre-pregnancy diets to alter the pH of your body, timing methods and positioning, although these all have much lower success rates.
Where is it legal? Several nations, including Australia, Canada, China, India and the UK have banned the use of sex selection technologies. Manchester Evening News Why is it controversial?
While many people think it should be their right to choose the gender of their baby, others have raised important ethical issues about sex selection: We must not let it become just another consumer choice.
Do we start selecting eye colour? For example, in India, sons are generally preferred to daughters for a number of cultural and economic reasons. And with sex selection banned in India, a growing number of women are travelling abroad to undergo the process. According to Times of Indiaone clinic in Bangkok has a significant number of Indian patients - most of whom are looking to ensure they have a son.Gender Selection Methods.
The selection of gender has been a quest of couples for as far back as recorded history allows.
Early drawings from prehistoric times suggest that gender selection efforts were being investigated by our earliest ancestors. Modern technology now offers couples a variety of ways to influence their offspring’s gender.
Studies indicate that one of the most successful gender selection techniques is Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) through in vitro fertilization. Selecting an embryo of a certain sex, boy or girl, to implant in the mother’s womb for pregnancy is called sex selection or gender selection.
It is a side benefit, so to speak, of PGS.
The gender identification success rate is over 95 percent. Currently, the only legal method for gender selection in the United States that is close to percent accurate is preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF).
I am interested in hearing and learning the perspectives of patients who undergo these procedures and of physicians who offer these procedures. Additionally, I will spend a good deal of time in libraries scouring South Asian newspapers and magazines (as well as mainstream newspapers and magazines) for advertisements by sex selection clinics.
For those undertaking IVF in our program, we offer an additional option of PGD gender selection that allows you to choose the sex of your pregnancy.
We are the world's largest and most successful gender selection program (click here) and have performed hundreds of cases while maintaining a % success rate in achieving the desired gender.