Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis –
One Method for Gender Selection
Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis was originally invented to determine
if an embryo had any problems before it was actually placed into the
mother. It was meant to help families who had diseases in their family
histories in order to have a healthy baby.
However, in the past few years
Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis (also known as PGD) has begun to be
used to help couples select the gender of their children.
There are many good reasons why couples
decide they want to have either a girl or a boy as their next child. And
for these couples there are many methods available to try and conceive a
child of the gender of their choice.
Using Per-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis is
one of the most effective methods but it's also very expensive. In fact,
it costs about $20,000 for just one try. And although the results are
fairly good, they are not guaranteed. In fact, PGD is about 90%
effective for couples wishing to have a girl and it's about 70%
effective for couples wishing to have a boy.
While PGD was invented to help stop
disease, the majority of the time it's now used to try to help couples
have a child of the gender of their choice. But PGD is not the only
method couples can use to choose to have either a boy or a girl.
There are many less expensive natural
methods that couples can use to try to conceive a specific gender. These
methods include diet, timing when sexual intercourse occurs, and using
specific positions when having sexual intercourse.
Of course which method a couple chooses is
up to them in the long run. And Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis is
one of the strongest methods that can be used. If a couple can afford to
spend about $20,000 for one try then PGD may very well be the way to go.
But couples need to understand that this method is not perfect and they
still may not conceive a child that is the gender of their choice.
Because of the high cost and the fact that
the results still aren't perfect, many couples decide to use more
natural methods to try to select the gender of their child. Over the
years there have actually been many advances for how couples can
naturally conceive a child that's the gender of their choosing. These
methods have actually become quite effective. So much so that the
success rate of these natural methods actually rival the success rates
of Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis.