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Over the last few decades, reproductive medicine has evolved to the point where it is possible to conceive a child of the desired gender. At OFRM, we offer two methods for gender selection: preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) gender selection and sperm gender selection. Our Manhattan, New York center welcomes patients seeking gender selection for medical reasons as well as couples seeking gender selection for “family balancing.”

To find out more about embryonic and preconception gender selection, please view the information below or contact the Offices for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine today.

New York Gender Selection – Overview

In the United States and across the world, gender selection is growing in popularity. There are several reasons for this development; first and foremost, new techniques have made preconception sex selection more effective and results more reliable than ever before. Scientific breakthroughs over the past few decades have also led to a better understanding of genetic disease, meaning couples carrying certain genetic markers are increasingly seeking gender selection to avoid passing on sex-linked genetic disorders to their children. But the newest and most rapidly evolving trend involves gender selection for non-medical reasons. In 2001, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued an ethics report that approved the use of gender selection in non-medical situations where couples are seeking gender variety in their family, or “family balancing.” Since that time, the demand for both embryonic and sperm gender selection has rapidly increased.

At the Offices for Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, we offer the latest sex selection techniques, including preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and sperm gender selection. Our Manhattan, New York practice welcomes patients seeking both medical and elective gender selection.

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New York Gender Selection for Genetic Screening

There are a variety of genetic diseases that can only be passed to a child of a particular sex. In most cases, these conditions are linked to genetic mutations in the X chromosome, meaning a mother carrying the mutated gene will likely pass it on to her male son. For this reason, when couples are aware that one parent carries an X or Y-linked genetic mutation that may potentially be passed on to a male or female child, they may opt for gender selection services at our Manhattan practice to increase their chances of having a child unaffected by the mutation.

There are currently over 500 X-linked genetic disorders that may be avoided by gender selection, including the following:

If you are interested in genetic testing and gender selection, please contact our Manhattan, New York fertility center today.

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New York Gender Selection for Family Balancing

In addition to the demand for medical gender selection, there is a growing demand for elective gender selection. Elective gender selection is performed for the purpose of “family balancing,” an objective that applies to families who wish to have a child of the opposite gender of an existing child (or children).

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has endorsed nonmedical gender selection for family balancing purposes, and the ASRM ethics committee is currently exploring the social, psychological, and demographic ramifications of other nonmedical gender selection applications. If you wish to explore gender selection for your family, please contact OFRM in Manhattan, New York today.

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New York Gender Selection Techniques

There have always been a variety of gender selection methods marketed to the public, many of which lack any sort of clinical scientific support. Currently, there are two reliable and tested gender selection techniques available at our Manhattan practice: sperm gender selection and preimplantation genetic diagnosis PGD. Of the two, PGD is the more proven method; however, sperm gender selection techniques have improved over the last few years and will most likely continue to improve over the years to come.

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Sperm Gender Selection

Over the last decade, the dominant technique used to determine gender prior to conception has always been preimplantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD. The newest alternative, sperm gender selection, is a technique designed to separate and sort X (female) or Y (male) chromosomal sperm. This sorted sperm can then be fertilized with an egg via intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization to produce a child of the desired gender.

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The sperm gender selection process involves several steps. Initially, the sperm is passed through a series of gradient solutions. The sorted sperm are transferred to the female immediately via intrauterine insemination (IUI), the most popular choice, or used during an IVF cycle. Alternatively, a semen sample may be frozen and then submitted through sperm gender selection after thawing.

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Success Rates

Sperm gender selection for female offspring is currently more successful than sperm gender selection for male offspring. Though the technology for sperm gender selection used at our New York fertility center can produce a significant majority of X or Y-bearing sperm in a final sample, there is no guarantee of producing the desired sex. Sperm gender selection cannot completely exclude female or male sperm cells; however, it can produce a sperm sample that contains a higher percentage of male or female sperm cells, increasing the odds of producing a child of the desired sex.

Success rates for gender selection using sperm separation is 70-75 percent for both male and female.

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Embryonic Gender Selection – Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

When used as a gender selection method, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is nearly 100 percent accurate. Because PGD sex selection requires the manipulation of embryos in a laboratory setting, the testing is always performed in conjunction with in vitro fertilization. PGD testing begins after multiple eggs have been retrieved during an IVF cycle and fertilized with sperm to produce embryos. These fertilized embryos are then analyzed to determine their sex and genetic makeup. Once this determination has been made, only embryos of the desired gender are transferred to the uterus for implantation.

PGD is currently the most successful gender selection method available at our Manhattan, New York practice. Patients should be aware that if they are considering PGD gender selection, they will also have to invest in an IVF cycle.

Visit our preimplantation genetic testing and diagnosis page for in-depth information on PGD.

If you are interested in learning more about PGD or sperm gender selection, contact our Manhattan, New York fertility center today.

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If you are interested in PGD gender selection or sperm gender selection, contact OFRM in Manhattan, New York today.

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