5 Things to Ask before IVF for Gender Selection

Apr 03, 2010 | Fertility Care

Requests for gender selection are not uncommon. What does this involve? It usually involves IVF. The embryos are then biopsied in order to determine whether the embryo is a girl embryo or a boy embryo (this procedure is called PGD or preimplantation genetic diagnosis). This is what you should ask yourself:

  1. What will you do if all of your embryos are boy embryos when you wanted a girl? Would you still go through with a transfer? Will you discard the embryos? Will you freeze your embryos? Will you consider donating your embryos?
  2. What if you’re older and all your embryos are boy embryos but 1 of them – and you wanted a girl? Will you only transfer the single girl embryo, knowing your pregnancy chances are lower or will your transfer a girl embryo with a boy embryo?
  3. What if you do everything that you’re doing and don’t have  normal embryos? How will you feel?
  4. How are you going to feel if you do all the work that you’re doing and don’t get pregnant? Can you deal with this loss both emotionally and financially?
  5. Does your doctor have a policy of not transferring the “wrong gender” embryos when you choose to do IVF for the gender of choice? You should know this up front.

I think it’s very important for you to have answers to the questions above before doing IVF for gender selection. The above scenarios could happen to you. Please ask yourself the 5 questions above before moving forward.