Gender Selection In Pregnancy

Gender Selection In Pregnancy

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 How to Select Gender with Surrogacy and IVF

We live in a day and age where anything is possible and for those couples looking to have a baby, you can now choose the sex of your baby before it is born. Surrogacy or a s urrogacy surrogate allows the family the chance to choose the gender of the child by first and foremost only implanting the chosen embryos. It is helpful to note that gender selection is most successful with IVF or in-vitro fertilization processes.

So why is gender selection more successful in these cases? It is helpful to first look at just what in-vitro is. This is a process by which the egg, taken from the female, is joined with the sperm, either from the male part of the couple or from a donor. The result is a fertilized egg that then develops into a viable embryo. The embryo can be sexed before it is ever implanted back in the female patient or into the s urrogacy surrogate.

This allows the couple to essentially choose which gender they want their baby to be. The process is simple as far as this type of procedure goes, and it is highly successful in terms of families getting the gender baby that they want.

Many celebrities have taken this process and chosen what the gender of their baby is going to be. This is a process by which families that already have a son for instance can have a daughter. The process has come a long way since it was created but does present some ethical issues. Some believe that the embryos that are not implanted should not be destroyed while others believe it is the right of the parents to choose.

No matter where you stand, there is no denying that the process is fascinating and absolutely fantastic for those families that choose to use it.
  • Alphina S.

    May 12, 2017

    I am not too sure that I know where I stand when it comes to whether it's OK to select the gender but I do find this topic very fascinating for sure. One question, though. won't this process create some sort of imbalance in the future if nature isn't allowed to have its way with the selection of the sex?

  • Kristin L

    May 21, 2017

    I'm not sure how exactly this process happens. I assume it's a trial-and-error case, where eggs and sperms are made to fertilize until it produces the gender the parents want. The "failed" results are then "thrown away". I hope that's not how it happens because that's kind of sad.

  • Sammie R

    May 23, 2017

    Alphina makes an interesting point about throwing off the balance of nature. I think it was only a matter of time in the world of infertility treatment before something like this became possible, but I do have a bit of an ethics issue with it. Personally, I didn't even want to know the sex of my kids before they were born, so I certainly wouldn't want to choose the gender before conception.

  • Sarah Rogers

    June 2, 2017

    I believe a lot of it depends on which eggs are the most viable. The egg holding a male might be 80% viable while the egg holding a female might only be 25% viable. I imagine most intended parents will select the one most likely to work out, so there really might not be much of a choice in terms of gender. I think that helps when considering the ethics involved in gender selection.

  • Shawna D

    June 2, 2017

    I agree that this is fascinating, and definitely something to look into for someone looking to choose the gender of their child. However, I think that there will be ethical issues with almost anything scientific. Everyone is not going to agree with everything. I think people who want the process should accept it, and those who are opposed to it should just move on and do their own thing.

  • L Harding

    June 3, 2017

    I do not know how I feel about choosing gender. One the one hand, it is nice to know the gender for purchasing items for the baby. Yellow gets boring. On the other hand, it is a real sweet thing to see your baby for the first time without knowing. I'm on the fence.

  • Anna Kingston

    June 6, 2017

    I'm kind of on the fence as well. I kind of like the idea of being surprised either at the delivery or at the ultrasound, rather than deciding at conception. However, I understand that some people may want to choose if, for example, they have five girls and really want a boy. I honestly, don't see an ethical issue here. I believe that there is a purpose to science, and if it wasn't meant to be used, this process would not have been developed in the first place.

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