Today, parents can choose the sex of their baby through Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) testing in conjunction with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). PGD is a cutting edge IVF ancillary procedure helping hopeful parents-to-be plan their family. Gender selection through PGD can also help prevent the transmission of certain genetic diseases carried on by sex-linked genetic disease through X or Y chromosomes.
Select the Gender of Your Baby
PGD should not be construed as creating designer babies. This is an incorrect term only used by the mainstream media, not physicians. PGD does not manipulate the features or characteristics of a baby. Designer babies through PGD is pure fiction. PGD eliminates genetic diseases being passed on to offspring and gender selection is an added benefit of this remarkable technology.
The main benefit of gender selection through PGD testing is for couples to balance the sexes within their family. For instance, if a couple has achieved the healthy birth of a girl through IVF, they may want to opt for a girl during a subsequent procedure.
During the IVF process when embryos are developing in vitro, a single cell is extracted from each. The cell’s genetic makeup is analyzed and – based upon the gender results – parents are able to determine which embryo they desire to have transferred for implantation into the woman’s uterus.
PGD testing affords couples undergoing IVF the opportunity to:
- Select the gender of their baby
- Screen out embryos carrying a genetic disease
- Predict the risk of a disease
- Improve birth rates of healthy babies through IVF
PGD combines the advances medical science has made in genetics with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). PGD testing typically takes place after the embryo has cultured for three days. Embryos are screened by removing a single cell for testing. Then, based upon the analysis of the cell, a decision can be made as to which embryo is the best for transferring into the woman’s uterus.
Low Risk Genetic Testing With PGD
The removal of one cell within a single embryo has very little effect on the continued division of cells. The embryo further develops and the risk of a damaged embryo is low. Although no 100 percent guarantee has been reflected, medical studies have revealed that PGD testing does not increase the risk of birth defects.
Renowned IVF Doctor Providing Gender Selection
To explore more information about the benefits afforded via PGD testing in conjunction with IVF, schedule a consultation with fertility specialist, Dr. Hugh D. Melnick.
Dr. Melnick is available for consultation via Skype. Click the icon below and enter your information – or – call Advanced Fertility Services at 212.369.8700 to schedule your consultation.