Though many may not be aware of this, gender selection is more than just choosing between boy and girl and creating the perfect balanced family, it is actually one for the best ways to 1) understand and prevent genetic diseases and 2) improve the couples’ ability to genetically assess embryos before they are transferred into the uterus.
Gender selection, also known as sex selection, is by definition a fertility procedure used to choose the gender of a baby prior to conception. This is when a couple, whose preference may be either a boy or a girl, would undergo special processes to ensure that their offspring is indeed of their desired gender. They are several methods of gender of selection and these include:
Preimplantation Genetic diagnosis (PGD)
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) is a procedure that involves the extraction and testing of cells from an embryo created via in vitro fertilization. These cells are then analyzed to determine their chromosomal makeup, the result of which would clearly show whether the embryo is male or female.