IVF Gender Selection in NYC
New York Fertility & IVF Surgery Associates in NYC performs gender selection with IVF, with financing available. Learn more about IVF gender selection at New York Fertility & IVF Surgery Associates below, or request an appointment today using the form on this page.
What is IVF gender selection?
Development of micro-manipulation skills and techniques in the IVF laboratory led to the possibility of biopsy – in which a cell is detached from a viable embryo (usually at the 8-cell stage) so its chromosomes and a growing number of gene mutations responsible for hereditary diseases can be analyzed. This analysis is called pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). PGD also makes it possible to purposefully make a gender selection with IVF.
What is IVF gender selection used for?
Gender selection can be made for both medical and non-medical reasons. There are a variety of genetic diseases that can only be passed to a child of a particular sex. In most cases, these conditions are linked to genetic mutations on the X chromosome. This means that a mother carrying the mutated gene has a significant chance of passing it on to her male son.
When couples are aware that one parent carries an X or Y-linked genetic mutation that could potentially be passed on to a male or female child, gender selection can be used to increase the chances of having a child unaffected by the mutation.
There are many genetic disorders that may be avoided by gender selection, including:
- Duchenne muscular dystrophy
- Turner syndrome
- Fragile-X syndrome
Identifying the sex of each embryo by PGD has also enabled a foolproof means of selecting for transfer only those embryos that have the gender desired by the couple for their child. In 2001, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued an ethics report that approved the use of gender selection in non-medical situations where couples are seeking gender variety in their family, or “family balancing.”
How much does gender selection with IVF cost?
While IVF with gender selection is an additional cost than standard IVF in order to cover the cost of the genetic analysis done by a licensed genetics laboratory, we offer a financing for an IVF treatment cycle including gender selection.