For people who have tried and tried to fall pregnant naturally and are really out of hope, IVF offers an extremely important lifeline and hope for the future that they desire. It will overcome a wide range of fertility issues and can also the health of the embryo can be ascertained before insertion pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) – that can help at-risk couples learn more about the health of their embryos before they are implanted.
Both pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS) involve the removal of one or several cells from an embryo for genetic testing before it’s implanted in the woman’s uterus during an IVF procedure. This will then let you know if there are any issues with the health of the unborn child, does it successfully implant and get to that stage.
Family balancing is the term used for the ability to choose your babies gender during the process of IVF. The idea is to redress the imbalance of certain sex babies in the family, for example if you have all boys you may therefore like a girl.
Family balancing uses the same technology to identify the sex of the embryo as is used for PGS or PGD. The doctor will screen the DNA by examining a few cells that have been removed from the embryo. After establishing the sex of the embryos, only those embryos of the desired sex will then be implanted during the IVF procedure. Family balancing has a nearly 100 percent accuracy rate, so families who select this option have a very high chance of having a baby of the desired gender.
As you can imagine there are lots of differing opinions on this topic but there are often genuine reasons why people want to have a child of a certain sex. Just as having no children can be upsetting and is why people turn to IVF. Not having a boy or a girl can equally be upsetting in some families and they may feel as if this is what they need to make their lives complete. Sometimes people have reached a certain age and know that they will not have many years left where this will be an option and thus they see it as important to get it right first time.
There are also the more ethical health reasons such as certain illnesses can be passed through to one sex only and thus by having a child of the opposite sex you are eliminating this risk. It also eliminates issues such as people who have terminated pregnancies once they have established that it was the wrong sex and have then gone on to conceive again only to find themselves having to repeat this process. The amount of physical and mental stress that this puts on them is enormous and needs to be stopped.