Planning a pregnancy is exciting. You probably think about your future baby all the time. Is your baby wrapped up in blue or pink? Obviously the health and wellness of the baby-to-be is the foremost concern of parents, but couples undergoing IVF for infertility issues are able to opt for one gender over another. The reasons for gender selection are highly personal.
Skip navigation. MicroSort, developed in by the Genetics and IVF Institute, is a form of pre- conception sex selection technology for humans. Laboratories located around the world use MicroSort technology to help couples increase their chances of conceiving a child of their desired sex. MicroSort separates male sperm cells based on which sex chromosome they contain, which results in separated semen samples that contain a higher percentage of sperm cells that carry the same sex chromosome. The technology ultimately enables couples to choose the sex of their future child by choosing semen samples that predominately contain sperm with the X chromosome for a female or Y chromosome for a male.
During the gender selection process, we cannot create embryos of a specific gender. The first step of the process ovarian stimulations usually begins on the second or third day of the menstrual period. The stimulation generally lasts for days with the second stage, the egg retrieval, happening 2 days after the last shot of medicine. The eggs are fertilized on the day of the egg retrieval and the resulting embryos then grow for days in the laboratory.