Gender Selection

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Gender selection is performed through sperm separation or genetic testing. The embryos with the desired sex are then implanted into the woman's uterus. 2020-07-16 Gender Selection
All you need to now about Gender Selection
Gender selection

Why do people decide to plan child’s gender? There are several answers for this question. Some families are culturally preconditioned; some of them just want to have a baby of a particular sex; some of them have already had several children of a certain sex and don’t want to try blindly until their long - expected boy or girl is born. Some parents try to avoid any genetic diseases or defects. Modern medicine offers multiple choices for people to plan their future family and helps them achieve their dream of becoming parents.

Gender selection – What is it?

"The most important thing is that it is healthy," that is probably the sentence that comes most often when it comes to the question of the gender of the future child. The core of the statement is true, of course. And yet: quite secretly many of us have a small preference for the gender of our own children. Be it that you already have three sons and that's why you want a little girl now. Be it that you yourself are a young at heart, and that's why you want a little adventurer. Often it is simply small preferences that are irrelevant on the whole anyway, because you can not choose the sex of a child. Until now - and at least in Germany.

In the USA and a few other countries, doctors are allowed to screen for sex embryos by artificial insemination. The planning of the sex is thus in vitro, that is using the test tube fertilization.

A small biological fact: the sex of the child determines in each case, the sperm of the man. The woman's ovum always carries an X chromosome in it. Depending on which sperm fertilizes the ovum, the egg and sperm fuse into either a XX (ie a female) or an XY (ie a male) combination. Incidentally, the probability of having a girl or a boy is not 50:50. More boys than girls are born worldwide - even if the difference is rather small. The ratio is 51 to 49 percent. This is mainly because more boys than girls survive the nine months of pregnancy.

To determine the gender of the embryo in an artificial insemination, researchers have developed so-called sperm sorters. These machines can separate sperm carrying an X chromosome from those with a Y chromosome. The result is quite reliable: Sperm with female genome can already be identified and filtered out with a reliability of 93%. Male sperm, however, only with a 73 percent probability. Sorting feature is the 2.8 percent increase in DNA of female sperm.

Another and the most widely used method comes a little later in the process of in vitro treatment: Several embryos are produced by in vitro fertilization. Thereafter, at the four-cell or eight-cell stage, a single cell is taken from each embryo and genetically examined, as in other types of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, e.g. Hereditary diseases such as cystic fibrosis or vitreous bone disease. Under the neon light microscope, the gender of the embryo comes to light: the female cells glow pink and the males light blue.

To Make the what can’t be planned in predictable

In view of these facts, the question arises of the ethical significance of gender selection. Do you really want to promote the preference of one sex to the detriment of the other? Moreover, if it could lead to socio-political consequences such as in China or India?

On the other hand, why should gender not be a selection reason? What makes a "good" selection a reason? Is it justifiable to attribute less value to an embryo with disabilities than to a healthy one? If we question gender selection, would not we also question the general urge for perfectionism behind the more and more differentiated reproductive diagnostics?

Nevertheless, the determination of the sex, the preselection of the embryo, all this seems to be there, the own fantasies and beliefs to experience. "The son will take care of us later and take over the business, the daughter will go away instead." To make the uncontrollable predictable, even controllable.

Due to qualitative and scientific breakthroughs in assisted reproductive technology it has now become possible to plan the sex of the child in advance. Currently the modern reproductive science offers two ways for gender selection: sperm-sorting (including the laser assisted „Microsort“ technique) and IVF with the PGD technique.

The question is whether it will be a boy or a girl is especially important if there are the genetic disorders in the family. With the new method, parents can avoid transmitting the genetic diseases to their children. According to the latest US studies: Embryos screening used for gender selection helps to dramatically (more than by 80%) reduce the risk for miscarriages.


The gender selection is still controversial from the ethical point of view, since it leads to more frequent termination of pregnancy. In many countries (including Germany), gender selection is only allowed for medical reasons, in case if parents are diagnosed with severe hereditary diseases. Direct indication for genetic screening and gender selection such hereditary diseases as hemophilia, Duchenne muscular dystrophy or Turner syndrom.

Where to Have the Gender Selection Done?

The gender selection is allowed in the USA, Australia, Switzerland, Northern Cyprus and some countries of the Middle East. More and more European patients give preference to centres in Northern Cyprus or Dubai due to excellent quality of reproductive techniques for sex selection as well as lower price for gender selection. Here is the comparative chart with average prices for gender selection in different countries.

Gender selection technique The USA Northern Cyprus United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi)
IVF or IUI with Sperm sorting techniques (Microsort) from €16,000 – €20,000 / $18,000 - $22,500 from € from €8,000- €9,000 / $9,000- $10,100
IVF with PGD/ FISH or NGS from €22,000/ $24,700 from €7,100 from €11,000 – €12,000 / $12,400 - $13,500

Sperm Sorting for Better Gender Selection Chances: "Ericsson Method"

The state-of-the-art method of sperm sorting allows the specialist to the X and Y-sperm by use of centrifugation. The procedure has been patented in the late seventies by Ronald Ericsson. During the selection procedure sperm is separated from the seminal fluid and morphologically abnormal sperm. The remaining sample is centrifugated, whereby the Y-sperm move faster before reaching the bottom of the tube. After this procedure of gender selection the woman gets inseminated with the sperms of higher quality. After such an insemination, the chances of getting pregnant with a healthy child grow highly. The sperm sorting is successful in gender selection in 80% of cases.

Sperm Laser Monitoring with "MicroSort" Technique(Gender Selection)

Modern IVF centres implement the latest technology for sperm sorting, called laser analyzer of cell fluorescence intensity. This technique for gender planning helps to select the sperm bearing the X chromosome with the precision of up to 90%. The limitation of this technique lies in the fact that during this process, sperm count is dramatically reduced. The selected sperm can further be processed for

As US studies of MicroSort efficiency show over 93% of patients who wanted a girl got actually pregnant with a girl. Patients who wanted to get a boy gave life to male babies in around 85 percent. Nowadays you can achieve higher success rate through combining the MicroSort with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).

Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD/ FISH)

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a special molecular testing of the chromosome set of the embryo cells, conducted prior to the transfer of the embryo into the uterus. In addition to gender selection, the PGD research reveals about 150 hereditary diseases, which significantly reduces the probability of a sick child and increases the efficiency of IVF procedures. The success rate of PGD for gender selection makes up 100%.

Modern IVF clinics offer FISH screening - a modern form of diagnosis of fetal chromosomal abnormalities. If it is found that the embryo cells have extra chromosome or lack one chromosome, the embryo is not a subject to transfer into the uterus of a woman. The study can accurately and safely identify the risks of genetic abnormalities as early as on the 10th week of pregnancy.

Gender selection abroad: Your chance for family balancing!

Although Gender selection is not legalized in Germany, we are dedicated to help patients from abroad to get access to this modern and useful service. Our International Office closely cooperates with the IVF partner clinics abroad, where the gender selection is performed in compliance with the latest scientific achievements. If you have questions concerning the sex selection, please don’t hesitate to call us. We will provide you with all necessary information, help to find the appropriate IVF clinic and help to get the closest appointment for visiting the leading specialist for gender selection. We are looking forward to help you to balance your family with a desired child.

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Latest News in Gender Selection

Girl or boy? Gender selection in Switzerland


Boy or girl? Anyone who wants a baby, above all, wants it healthy. Switzerland now allows a new technique with which gender can be selected.

The sperm determines the gender of a child. The woman's ovum always carries an X chromosome. If a sperm cell fertilizes the egg, the two merge into either an XX or XY combination. It depends on the sperm, whether the offspring is a boy or a girl.

There are numerous tips on how to select the gender at the desired child. Diet, time of ovulation or position in sex should have an impact on it.

As of July, there is now a technology in Switzerland for the first time, called MicroSort, which allows gender selection even before conception. The sperm are dyed and separated according to sex. The sorted sperm is then used in artificial insemination.

The question of whether it should become a boy or a girl is relevant, above all, in the case of gender-dependent or gender-limited genetic diseases. Because more than 500 - as well as Duchenne muscular dystrophy and hemophilia - seem to affect primarily or even exclusively members of one sex.

With the new method, parents can avoid transmitting these genetic diseases to their children. Another advantage, according to a study at the University Hospital Basel, is that the number of additional embryos that would otherwise be required for preimplantation genetic diagnosis can be reduced.

US studies have shown that around 93 percent of pregnant women who have conceived a girl have received a female child. The desire for a boy, it was almost 85 percent.

How does the gender selection procedure work?


Families who want to select the gender of their child, whether they have children or not, must first start IVF treatment. First, it ensures that the woman produces more than one egg in a regular period. For this, the patient is referred to a doctor in their home country for pretreatment.

After the appropriate treatment, the IVF treatment is started if there are no obstacles. Pretreatment begins on the 2nd or 3rd day of the woman's control period and is a medication treatment that lasts about 10 days. After the completion of the pre-treatment, the IVF and gender selection are started. For gender selection, the family will spend 1 week in the clinic. If it is desired to perform the entire treatment in clinic, it will take approximately 20 days and the planning should be done accordingly.

When choosing a gender, the following steps are performed with the series:

  • Collection of eggs / eggs at the woman
  • (OPU) Random fertilization of oocytes with semen samples of the spouse (micro-injection)
  • Screening of good quality PGT embryos from the point of view of health and gender on the 3rd day of development
  • Selection of healthy embryos of the desired gender on the 5th day of embryo development and transfer to the uterus of the mother

12 days after the embryo transfer, the woman's HCG hormone is examined to find out the pregnancy result.

From the point of view of gender selection, the IVF success rate is very high, especially for young patients (<35) because of the number of oocytes and a good quality. For postpartum pregnancies, 99% of the child's health and sex hit rate is correct.

The success rate of pregnancy after gender selection depends on the patient's age, fertility, oocyte reserve, number of healthy embryos, and the gender desired by the family.

What is gender selection?


Gender selection is a procedure used by couples who have a preference for a boy or a girl. The baby's sex can be determined after IVF treatment and genetic screening of the embryos.

In addition to gender selection, screenings for various genetic defects can be performed prior to implantation of healthy embryos into the woman. Thanks to PGD (Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis), not only can made the gender selection, but also be examined for gene disorders such as Down's Syndrome, Monosomy and Trisomy. Therefore, couples who desire gender selection can also ensure that their baby will not have genetic disease. This explains why PGD is preferred by couples who want a healthy baby of their preferred gender.

IVF treatment is given to women first The oocytes are removed and fertilized with sperm via microinjection (ICSI). After fertilization, a genetic screening of the embryos is performed to implant only the healthy embryos of the desired sex. This enables the selection of the gender of the embryo and leads to a pregnancy with a baby of the chosen gender.

With PID, it is also possible to have numerical chromosomal abnormalities such as monosomy or trisomy (down syndrome, or trisomies), and single gene disorders (thalassemia, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia A1 and B1, muscular dystrophy, sickle cell anemia, Recklinghausen syndrome, Fanconi anemia ...) to determine in advance. PGD can be used if there are inherited diseases related to the X chromosome and if medical gender selection is necessary.

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