Gender Selection Center
There are many reasons why a family might want to select the gender of their child. But regardless of whether you are trying to avoid passing on congenital gender-linked defects, balance out a family of all boys or girls or simply have a personal preference, the right information is essential. Educate yourself on gender selection and the variety of options available to you.
Visit GenderSelection.com for the most current information on the best techniques and methods to pre-determine your future child’s gender. Our comprehensive website, supporting the work of Dr. Andrew Silverman, details techniques such as the Ericsson Method and IVF/PGD. Browse GenderSelection.com to view scientific research on each suggested technique, as well as testimonials from satisfied clients.
Dr. Andrew Silverman meets with each of his patients to help guide them in determining the best gender selection method. Backed by over 20 years of research and practice in the field, Dr. Silverman will help you create a personalized plan, explain available procedure options and answer any questions you may have. Schedule a consultation with the Silverman Center to discuss which method is best for you and your family.
Contact us today about baby gender selection Continue reading about the Proven Techniques of Gender Selection and How is the Gender of a Baby Determined? Gender selection is possible because of how sex is determined by our chromosomes. Our bodies are made up of billions of cells. All cells contain 46 rod-like forms arranged in pairs called chromosomes, except for the special reproductive cells, the sperm and egg cells, called gametes, each of which only possess 23 chromosomes. During fertilization, the gametes combine and restore the normal chromosome number (46) in the embryo. One of these pairs of chromosomes defines the sex of the developing baby. This pair is called the sex chromosomes. Each sex chromosome is made up of either an “X and Y” chromosome, which defines a male, or an “X and X” chromosome, which defines a female. Eggs can only contain X chromosomes, but sperm contain either an X or a Y chromosome.
Both the Ericsson Method and IVF/PGD have been shown to be 100% safe. In fact, the risks involved in the Ericsson procedure are no different than from pregnancy achieved naturally. Because women undergoing PGD must go through a course of IVF, potential that the required administration of drugs may cause side effects.
Studies show that there is no greater occurrence of birth defects in babies conceived by artificial insemination than in those conceived naturally. In fact, artificial insemination can be used to select a gender which might prevent certain congenital birth defects (that might more likely be present in one gender than in another). However, the outcome with IUI cannot be guaranteed. Patients at risk for serious sex linked birth defects should consider pre-implantation genetic diagnosis where success rates are much higher.
Years of experience with in vitro fertilization and the Ericsson Method demonstrate that children born using these procedures do not have an increased risk of birth defects.
What if I have low ovarian reserve or am peri-menopausal?
Women who have “failing ovaries” but who are otherwise in good health can use an egg donor. The donor’s cycle is synched with the mother’s and donors undergo an IVF cycle. The donor’s eggs are harvested and combined with the husband’s sperm to produce embryos which will undergo PGD.
Since ovulation inducing drugs are administered, VF/PGD patients must see Dr. Silverman for monitoring. These visits involve ultrasound visualization of the developing follicles and measurement of the hormone estradiol. The number of visits depends upon each patient’s response and can vary from 3 to 6 (rare).
No information about you will be released without your authorization. The process is totally confidential.
Lab procedures are extremely rigorous and samples are strictly controlled on an individual patient basis.
The outcome of a pregnancy conceived by the Ericsson Method cannot be guaranteed. X and Y chromosome bearing sperm cannot be totally isolated. Approximately 70-75% of couples have a baby of their chosen gender.
IVF/PGD determines the sex(s) of the embryo(s) prior to transferring them back to the mother. Therefore, if pregnancy occurs, the probability that the baby will be of the chosen gender is high.
This is a personal decision determination that you, as a couple, will have to make. In some cases, gender selection might be medically recommended to avoid congenital defects such as hemophilia or Duchene muscular dystrophy. Experience has shown that most couples use gender selection techniques for a 2nd or 3rd child to achieve a balance between boys and girls.
See the section on Cost for complete details. The Ericsson method is less expensive than PGD but the outcome is not as predictable.
You can call the Dr. Silverman’s office at 1-855-739-7358 with any question you have or you can also email the center.