Dreaming of having a baby girl or a baby boy? Gender selection for family balancing can help
Often, men and women will come to Dallas IVF to inquire about “balancing” the number of girls or boys they have in their families. Gender selection for family balancing can allow families to choose whether to have a boy or girl before becoming pregnant.
Hopeful parents may be interested in gender selection for family balancing for medical, cultural or personal reasons, and our Dallas fertility center is here to help.
Our Dallas fertility center is a leader in gender selection for family balancing
In October 2009, Dallas IVF became the first IVF laboratory in Collin County to offer gender selection for family balancing. Our Dallas fertility center then reported the first delivery as a result of this procedure in 2010.
Gender selection for family balancing is accomplished in the IVF lab
- Our embryologist screens each embryo that develops during the IVF cycle to determine if it is genetically male or female.
- Only the embryo(s) of the desired sex are transferred back into the uterus.
- Any remaining embryos that are chromosomally normal can be stored for future use.
At our Dallas fertility center, we perform PGS using state of the art technology. Not only does PGS allow our embryologists to determine the sex of an embryo, it also allows them to look at all 23 sets of chromosomes to screen for abnormalities. As a result, PGS increases the chances for our patients to have a healthy baby.
Starting in April 2012, Dallas IVF began offering sex selection for family balancing for patients who have cryopreserved embryos from past IVF cycles.
- Through this process, available at only a few IVF programs nationwide, cryopreserved embryos are thawed and tested.
- Our embryologist screens the embryos to determine if they are chromosomally normal and genetically male or female.
- A healthy embryo of the desired gender is transferred into the patient’s uterus.
If you’d like to learn more about gender selection for family balancing, contact Dallas IVF to schedule an appointment.
Sex selection for family balancing allows families to choose having a boy or girl before becoming pregnant.
This treatment option allows families to ‘balance’ the number of girls or boys they have in their family. Couples choose family balancing for medical, cultural or personal reasons. Dallas IVF was the first IVF laboratory in Collin County to offer this service. This service was first performed at Dallas IVF in October of 2009, with our first deliveries occurring in 2010.
Sex selection is performed through the laboratory technique of PGS, preimplantation genetic screening. Through the laboratory process of PGS, individual embryos that are created in an IVF cycle can be screened to determine if they are genetically male or female. Then, only embryos of the desired sex are transferred back into the uterus. Any remaining euploid (chromosomally normal) embryos that are not transferred can be stored for future use. With the type of PGS performed for Family Balancing at Dallas IVF, called array CGH, we not only test for the sex of the embryo, but also look at all 23 sets of chromosomes, to help increase the chances for our couples to have a chromosomally healthy child. In addition, Dallas IVF now offers sex selection for couples seeking family balancing who have cryopreserved embryos from past cycles that had not previously been tested. Through this process, available at only a few IVF programs in the country, embryos that have been cryopreserved, can be thawed, and tested to determine if they are Euploid (genetically healthy) male or female embryos, before being transferred back into the woman. The first successful PGD of a cryopreserved embryo was performed at Dallas IVF in April of 2012.