Family balancing or gender selection is a great option for people who dream of raising a boy or a girl child or those who are trying to prevent a genetic disease from being passed on to their child.
Leading fertility clinics, such as Australia Gender Selection, offer PGD or Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, to help couples achieve both of the above with a single test. Once the eggs have been fertilized in the lab and embryos have matured for about 5 days, they are tested for chromosomal abnormalities, overall health and gender. A healthy embryo of the desired gender can then be placed in the mother’s uterus.
Apart from gender selection, Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis can identify specific genetic diseases and aid couples who are “at risk” of transmitting a sex-linked genetic disease to the child in reducing the likelihood. For example, sex-linked diseases like muscular dystrophy are passed from the mother and will only affect the male child. In addition, conditions such as Fragile X and autism often present more severely in one gender than in the other
PGD or Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis is conducted during an IVF or in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle, and gender selection rates are almost one hundred percent accurate.