Whether for social, medical or cultural reasons, the dream of selecting a gender or sex of your baby has been with us for a very long time..
People who know how to conceive a boy or a girl know that the only proven medical method for baby gender/ sex selection is the IVF treatment with PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis). This is the only method which guarantees almost 100% accuracy that you will conceive a boy or a girl.
PGD technique is also used to screen for a number of genetic disorders thus guaranteeing that these are not passed on from parent to child.
The IVF with PGD Gender Selection treatment is the most reliable treatment on the market right now. Unlike many other unproven methods that do not guarantee a success rate, gender selection with IVF & PGD gives our clients near 100% guarantee of conceiving a child of their chosen gender.
The treatment uses IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) to produce embryos externally under laboratory conditions. IVF involves several stages, which are performed by the embryologist and physician. The ovaries must be stimulated using drugs to produce numerous eggs for use in the IVF cycle. Most eggs are not genetically capable of producing babies, so more eggs increase the odds of having good eggs .
FSH/LH is given by injection in an IVF cycle, which bypasses the normal feedback/regulation mechanism allowing the development of multiple eggs.
IVF patients are given Lupron, Antagon or Cetrotide to stop the production of internal reproductive hormones allowing the physician to control the stimulation cycle by preventing the LH surge. In a normal cycle, once the follicles mature, the pituitary releases a surge of luteinizing hormone, which initiates ovulation. In an IVF cycle, ovulation must not occur prior to egg retrieval or the cycle will be lost. Ovulation cannot occur while Lupron or Antagon are given unless an injection of hCGor LH is given.
Once the follicles mature, an injection of hCG is given and egg retrieval is scheduled. Egg retrieval is accomplished by "ultrasound guided transvaginal aspiration". A small needle is passed through the top of the vagina into the follicle and the eggs are retrieved when the follicle fluid is aspirated and the follicle is drained. This procedure is done using light anesthesia
The eggs are passed to the embryologist who separates them from the follicular fluid and places them in Petri dishes containing specially prepared solutions. Sperm is obtained from the male partner prior to the egg retrieval and washed and prepared. This sperm is then placed in the Petri dishes with the eggs. Successful fertilization requires that one sperm attach to and penetrate an egg. Oftentimes, more embryos are created than can be safety transferred to the mother. When this occurs some of the embryos are cryopreserved for use in the future.
Gametes (egg and sperm) contain half of the mother's and father's genetic material unlike other cells that contain a full complement. When the sperm and eggs combine the resultant embryo has a full set of chromosomes, half from each parent. In some cases, there are not enough "quality" sperm available to penetrate the egg and cause fertilization. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is a procedure where a single sperm is inserted directly into the egg. ICSI can be successful when as few as one sperm is available. ICSI was a major advance in treating male infertilitymaking it possible for men with no ejaculate to produce a genetically related child. Our male infertilitytreatment program often recommends ICSI in cases of male factor infertility.
The fertilized eggs are transferred to an incubator and allowed to culture until they are ready for transfer. This could be from 3-6 days and is case specific. Once mature, the embryo transfer procedure is scheduled
Embryo transfer is a painless procedure requiring less than ten minutes where the embryos are placed into the mother's uterus using a small catheter. Once inside the uterus, the embryo implants into the endometrium (lining of the uterus) and continues to divide and develop into a fetus
Choosing the Baby's Gender Using PGD
Once the eggs have been successfully fertilised to become embryos and the embryos have developed over three days to form 6 to 8 cells, a technique called PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis) is used to determine the gender of each embryo. This is teh key process for gender selection.
PGD test are conducted by removing one of the cells from the embryo to analyse the make up of the chromosomes. This procedure of analysing the cells establishes whether the embryo is male or female. Once a healthy embryo of the desired gender is identified, it is placed into the mother's uterus for development. It must be noted that the removal of the cell from the embryo does not have any adverse effect on the embryo. This procedure of physically determining the gender of the cells in the embryo ensures that the resulting child is pretty much guaranteed to have the desired gender (barring any technical problems).
1. Initial consultation
2. Tests and Ultrasound
3. Stimulation and Treatment
4. Egg Collection and Final Phase
5. What is Included In The Package
Before we start the gender selection treatment, our initial aim will be to understand your goals and requirements. We will have an initial consultation with you to understand your needs. This consultation will also be an opportunity for us to explain the whole procedure to make sure that you undertand everything. We will answer all your questions to make sure that you fully understand the gender selection process.
Our consultants will also establish the best treatment option for you following a detailed analysis of your medical history
An initial scan will be carried out to establish the follicle count which will show how well your ovaries are performing. If the scan shows a good number of follicles then you would not need the blood tests.
The ultrasound takes place before the medication to establish if a high or low dose is required to stimulate the ovaries. If the number of follicles is low then the following blood tests will be required before the start of the treatment:- FSH, LH, E2, Prolactin. .
So essentially, the physician uses ultrasound to visualize the follicles, the ovaries, and the lining of the uterus (endometrium). Medication dosages are adjusted to insure the development of sufficient eggs while limiting the chances for adverse side effects. Estrogen levels increase as the follicles mature and highly elevated levels are associated with ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS). OHSS can be serious resulting in enlarged ovaries and systemic side effects such as stroke. The physician carefully individualizes the medication dose for each patient thus limiting the chances for side effects
Once the initial scan and any blood tests have been done then a prescription for the medication will be issued which comes in form of injections taken daily starting from day 2 of your monthly cycle until day 9 of your cycle.
It should be noted that at least one monitoring scan will be performed during this stimulation phase in order to ensure that the correct dose of medication is being given to stimulate the ovaries. If you choose to carry out the stimulation in your home country then you will travel to our clinic on day 10 of your cycle
Once you arrive in our clinic, we will scan you to make sure that the lining of your womb is of an adequate thickness and you have a good ovarian reserve. We administer the Pregnyl injection and 36 hours later we collect your eggs and fertilise them with your husband’s sperm.
We then prepare the embryos, select the healthy ones of your desired gender and transfer them to you about 3 days later. After this you are free to fly home
-6 days (5 nights) accommodation for you and your husband in a hotel -transfers from Istanbul airport
-transfers between the hotel and the hospital
-the full PGD treatment that you will have while here in Istanbul.
-A prescription for the medication you will require
-Daily support and answers to your queries
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We have affiliations with medical centres from around the world and can help clients from all around the world get treated in a centre that is closer to their country. We can help people from Asia, Europe, America, Africa, Middle East, (including Saudi Arabia) Australia and other parts of the world.
The Gender Select Clinic has teamed up with reputable clinics to offer the service of baby sex selection. We offer our patients an exceptional level of service.
We will ensure that our highly trained physicians provide you with full moral and medical support to make gender selection a stress free.
If you are keen to select the gender of your baby then contact us and we can offer a highly accurate gender selection service.
If you would like to choose the gender of your next child with near 100% guarantee then get in touch.
We offer a free initial consultation to advise if gender selection is right for you. So get in touch to get started.
We serve clients from all over the world and can accommodate your needs to help you choose the gender of your baby.