Every so often new techniques and groundbreaking technologies are introduced in a bid to help couples conceive.
Out of everything that has hit the market so far, there’s no doubt that gender selection has brought the biggest headlines. This is a topic that the media lap up and whether you are for or against the concept, there’s no doubt that it’s one of the most interesting around.
At the same time, it’s often misunderstood. On a lot of occasions, gender selection isn’t based on a couple just “preferring” to have a certain sex baby. There are a lot of unbeknown reasons, some of which we will come onto later through this guide.
Let’s now take a look at the topic of gender selection in more detail and highlight some of the main facts that consume the area.
How much does gender selection cost?
This is the million-dollar question, to throw an awful pun out there. Unfortunately, a lot of clinics are reluctant to reveal their gender selection cost, for the simple reason that the procedure varies enormously on a case-by-case basis.
As anyone who has already experienced a pregnancy will testify, it’s not a black and white science. There are all sorts of areas where the so-called plan can deviate, and this is one of the reasons why you generally have to contact a gender selection clinic directly to obtain pricing.
As many deal with customers from abroad, whose home countries might not permit gender selection, many of these also include flights and accommodation to remove all levels of stress from participating couples.
Why are couples turning to gender selection?
While there might be some cases of parents simply wishing to complement their family with a baby of their desired sex, this is rarely the case.
In fact, a lot of couples going through gender selection do for medical reasons. For example, if there’s a high chance that a sex-linked congenital condition can be contracted by the baby, it stands to reason that parents will look to avoid this via gender selection. To coin a few examples, Fragile X and Autism are two which are genetic diseases and fall into said category.
How does the process work?
This is another one of those questions that’s really going to depend on the clinic you travel to.
However, for the purposes of giving you as much information as possible about this procedure, let’s look at one of the more recent phenomenon’s in the industry going by the GSmart Method.
This is comprised of four separate procedures. The first is finding the correct time to perform the procedure, with this followed by the second stage of separating the sperm using something going by the name of the Ericsson Method. This is able to separate male and female sperm, which is naturally a core element of the whole process. Then, the practitioner will perform TEAS, which is a form of acupressure which increases the chance of pregnancy occurring. Finally, IUI is performed, joining together the separated sperm into the uterus.
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