You may have a medical reason for wanting to choose your child’s gender; for example, to avoid a sex-linked genetic disease. You may be trying to balance your family, or you may have no reason at all for desiring a child of a particular sex. Low-tech, or natural, methods of gender seleciton do not truly increase your chances achieving a pregnancy with the gender you desire.
At the current time, there are essentially two high-tech methods of gender selection:
- Sperm sorting (Ericsson Method) in conjunction with intrauterine insemination (IUI) or intracervical insemination
- In vitro fertilizaton with preimplantation genetic screening (PGS), also known as preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)
While the Ericsson Method is offered at many fertility clinics, there is not much scientific data to indicate that it does much more than increase nature’s odds of conceiving a boy or a girl.
If you need to choose your baby’s gender because of your risk for passing on a serious genetic abnormality, IVF with preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) is the only option that almost guarantees you will achieve the child of the desired gender. It is also the best method for you if you will be very unhappy if you become pregnant with a child that is not of the desired sex.