Family Balancing allows for parents to determine the sex of their baby if it is important that they add specifically a baby boy or baby girl into their family. Sometimes this is referred to as family balancing or Gender Selection. The gender of an embryo can be determined using Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD), although this is usually done to check for genetic abnormalities it can also detect the gender of that embryo.
Choosing to do family balancing or Gender Selection, along with your IVF-ICSI doesn’t affect the duration of your treatment. After your egg collection, if the eggs are successfully fertilized, a biopsy is taken from each embryo and tested through PGD. The healthy embryos of the desired gender are then transferred back to the uterus.
The steps involved in IVF may vary from patient to patient depending on the recommended treatment plan but typically involve:
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