The selection of a child’s gender is a delicate, challenging topic. Nevertheless, it’s a necessary conversation for parents who might carry genetic mutations that could result in a potentially serious disorder in a child of a particular sex.
At Pacific Reproductive Center, we offer state-of-the-art laboratory facilities that enable us to perform preimplantation genetic screening (PGS). This diagnostic tool is the most effective process for identifying fetal aneuploidy and other potentially harmful genetic abnormalities, but also for determining the gender of the embryo. Potential parents who are at higher risk of having a child with a chromosomal abnormality (older parents and/or parents with a history of miscarriage) should seriously consider gender selection services.
What is PGS?
PGS is a screening process conducted on embryos before IVF transfer. It specifically screens for chromosome abnormalities that can either lead to miscarriage or severe autosomal trisomies (conditions like Patau’s syndrome, Edwards syndrome, and Down’s syndrome). It is one of several genetic tests that can be performed before implantation.
While PGS effectively identifies chromosome disorders, it can also be used to identify the sex of the embryo accurately. This screening is often performed alongside preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), which tests for inherited anomalies, like sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, Hunter syndrome, and Klinefelter syndrome. Both Hunter syndrome and Klinefelter syndrome occur overwhelmingly in boys and can cause developmental disabilities.
Whether you want assurances your child won’t endure painful and sometimes tragic genetic aberrations or would simply like a balanced family, PRC offers next-generation laboratory screening services for gender selection that produce highly reliable outcomes.
Our in-house laboratory services allow for in-depth testing, analysis, and observation of embryos. This on-site feature accelerates embryo transfer, which markedly increases the likelihood of success since the embryos don’t have to undergo unnecessary freezing and shipping.
The PRC team of fertility specialists recognizes the difficulties surrounding certain reproductive options. We promise to work with you to help you make the best possible choices for your growing family. You deserve compassion and respect throughout what might be an emotionally trying process. We will give you the support you need as you proceed with your treatment plan.