DEFINITION

The selection of gender has been a quest of couples for as far back as recorded history allows. It has been known for many years that the gender of a fetus at pregnancy is determined by the sex chromosome carried by the sperm, giving a sex ratio of 50:50 male versus female.

 

During the process of gender selection via sperm sorting, we tend to increase the chances of having a female or male child by separating sperm that bear the X chromosome (female) and those that bear the Y chromosome (male), and inseminating (via IUI) those sperm rich fractions for whichever sample is desired.

The process may be also used to balance the sex ratio in a family building situation and is thus a "family balancing" modality. 

INDICATIONS

The sperm sorting procedure can be employed for couples who want to have their first child of a specific gender or wish to have a specific gender child to balance the sex ratio of their children in their family. The process is otherwise known as family balancing. Our success rate in shifting the sex ratio is approximately 85% for the male selection and 73% for the female selection.

 

It should be noted that this is not a guaranteed procedure, but it will definitely increase ones chances for a specific sex of a child. Gender selection does not damage or alter the sperm in any way, therefore, it will not affect the chances for any abnormalities to the fetus, the establishment of a pregnancy or the health status of the born child.

Sperm Selection

Embryo Screening

Summary

  •  Make an appointment and on the day of ovulation, you will come to our facilities to have it done.
    We use a modified Sedimentation Method to sort the sperm into two fractions (male: female).

  • After sorting we IUI (Intra-Uterine Insemination) the woman with the desired sperm fraction.

  • Advantages

  • It is highly cost-effective

  • Can be done at our Center

  • It takes 3-4 hours to complete.

  • Disadvantages

  • It yields a lower success rate of the desired gender (86% for male; 74% for female)

  • No PGD on the embryo is necessary; we only treat the sperm

  • Cost: It is only $1,500 and it is paid on the time of service

  • Where: It is done at our Center at the Andrology Institute of America

  • (This price does not include the IUI procedure)

  • summary

    • Embryos are created outside the womb using traditional IVF techniques.

    • Utilizes PGD to determine the sex of the embryo.

    • The embryo of the desired gender is implanted into the womb via ET.

  • Advantages

    • Chance of the desired gender is near 100%

    • PGD can be used to check for other genetic defects (Aneuploidy)

  • Disadvantages

    • It is an invasive procedure with hyperstimulation
      Requires rather complex in vitro techniques
      Significantly More expensive

    • Can not be done at home

  • Cost: $12,000-$15,000

  • It is done at our own IVF referral centers

Sperm Selection (sorting)

 

The gender selection that we utilize at our Center is a convenient and simple way to "up the odds" of having a baby of the desired gender (boy or girl).

The procedure is rather simple and straight forward: You may call our offices in Lexington Kentucky, USA (859-278-6806) and make your appointment at any time prior to having the procedure done.

 

Once you make your appointment and on the day of your ovulation, it will be necessary for you to physically come to our facilities, where our personnel under the direction of Professor Zavos, will obtain a fresh specimen from the male partner and apply the sorting process to sort the male and/or female sperms.

Then we make them available to you were under the medical guidance and attendance of one of our referring OB/GYN-infertility specialists will perform the placement of the semen sample into you via artificial insemination using intrauterine insemination techniques.

Embryo Screening with PGD​

The new scientific advances offer virtually guaranteed results. Recent advances in the fields of genetics, genetic diagnosis, embryo biopsy and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) have opened up a new world of opportunities for couples interested in achieving a healthy pregnancy. ​
 

The way that the PGD technology works in selecting the sex of the embryo is by employing embryo biopsy. Couples undertaking in vitro fertilization (IVF) are given the opportunity of knowing the gender of each embryo prior to the decision concerning which embryos shall be returned to the womb via embryo transfer and which shall be safely stored for a later date for transfer.

​The overall process is carried out as an egg is taken from the woman during IVF and fertilized with sperm outside the womb creating what is sometimes referred to as a "test tube baby". The fertilized egg yields an embryo which can then be screened using PGD before transferring to the womb.

​While IVF with PGD is not the the only method for sex pre-selection offered by our Center, it is the only procedure where success rates are as high as 99.9% for either gender. It also presents zero risks to the mother or the produced child.

181 Southland Drive
Lexington, KY 40503

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