Yes. Gender selection refers to parents selecting the gender of their unborn child. This is possible by screening the embryos, a process also known as PGD or preimplantation genetic diagnosis, during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle.
How is it possible to select your child’s gender?
There are several methods to choose the gender of your baby.
Selection with PGD
For couples undergoing IVF, gender selection is possible with PGD or Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. PGD is utilized to screen embryos for genetic disorders and other potential health issues before the embryos are transferred into the mother’s uterus. This is done to improves the likelihood of a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby. However, PGD can also identify embryos by sex. This means that your fertility doctor can help you select the gender of your baby.
This technique gender selection involves separating X-chromosome sperm from Y-chromosome sperm. While this technique is often used to prevent certain X chromosome-linked conditions from being passed on to the child, it can influence the gender of the child purely for reasons of preference.
In the end, you must decide for yourself whether gender selection is the proper course for you to follow, in consultation with an experienced fertility doctor.