Choose the Sex of Your Future Child!
Due to qualitative and scientific breakthroughs in assisted reproductive technology it has now become possible to plan the sex of the child in advance. Currently the modern reproductive science offers two ways for gender selection: sperm-sorting (including the laser assisted „Microsort“ technique) and IVF with the PGD technique.
The question is whether it will be a boy or a girl is especially important if there are the genetic disorders in the family. With the new method, parents can avoid transmitting the genetic diseases to their children. According to the latest US studies: Embryos screening used for gender selection helps to dramatically (more than by 80%) reduce the risk for miscarriages.
The gender selection is still controversial from the ethical point of view, since it leads to more frequent termination of pregnancy. In many states (including Germany), gender selection is only allowed for medical reasons, in case the severe hereditary diseases are diagnosed in parents. Direct indication for genetic screening and gender selection such hereditary diseases as hemophilia, Duchenne muscular dystrophy or Turner syndrom.
The gender selection is allowed in the United Kingdom, the USA, Australia, Switzerland and some countries of the Middle East. More and more European patients give preference to centers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai due to excellent quality of reproductive techniques for sex selection as well as lower price for gender selection. Here is the comparative chart with average prices for gender selection in different countries.
|Gender selection technique||The USA||The UK and Canada||United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi)|
|IVF or IUI with Sperm sorting techniques (Microsort)||from €16 000 – €20 000 / $18.000- $22.500||from €15 000 – €18 000 / $17.000- $20.200||from €8 000- €9 000 / $9.000- $10.100|
|IVF with PGD/ FISH or NGS||from €22.000/ $24.700||from €23 000 / $25.700||from €11 000 – €12 000 / $12.400- $13.500|
The state-of-the-art method of sperm sorting allows the specialist to the X and Y-sperm by use of centrifugation. The procedure has been patented in the late seventies by Ronald Ericsson. During the selection procedure sperm is separated from the seminal fluid and morphologically abnormal sperm. The remaining sample is centrifugated, whereby the Y-sperm move faster before reaching the bottom of the tube. After this procedure of gender selection the woman gets inseminated with the sperms of higher quality. After such an insemination, the chances of getting pregnant with a healthy child grow dramatically. The sperm sorting is successful in gender selection in 80% of cases.
Modern IVF centers implement the latest technology for sperm sorting, called laser analyzer of cell fluorescence intensity. This technique for gender planning helps to select the sperm bearing the X chromosome with the precision of up to 90%. The limitation of this technique lies in the fact that during this process, sperm count is dramatically reduced. The selected sperm can further be processed for
As US studies of MicroSort efficiency show over 93% of patients who wanted a girl got actually pregnant with a girl. Patients who wanted to get a boy gave life to male babies in around 85 percent. Nowadays you can achieve higher success rate through combining the MicroSort with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a special molecular testing of the chromosome set of the embryo cells, conducted prior to the transfer of the embryo into the uterus. In addition to gender selection, the PGD research reveals about 150 hereditary diseases, which significantly reduces the probability of a sick child and increases the efficiency of IVF procedures. The success rate of PGD for gender selection makes up 100%.
Modern IVF clinics offer FISH screening - a modern form of diagnosis of fetal chromosomal abnormalities. If it is found that the embryo cells have extra chromosome or lack one chromosome, the embryo is not a subject to transfer into the uterus of a woman. The study can accurately and safely identify the risks of genetic abnormalities as early as on the 10th week of pregnancy.
Although Gender selection is not legalized in Germany, we are dedicated to helping patients from abroad to get access to this modern and useful service. The clinic of Friedrichshafen closely cooperates with the IVF partner clinics abroad, where the gender selection is performed in compliance with the latest scientific achievements. You have questions concerning the sex selection, please don’t hesitate to call us. We will provide you with all the necessary information, help to find the appropriate IVF clinic and help to get the closest appointment for visiting the leading specialist for gender selection. Our hotline for “Gender Selection Issues” is: +49 (7221) 39-65-785. We are looking forward to help you to balance your family with a desired child!