Gender Selection with IVF

Fertility procedures now make it possible to select the gender of a baby, for medical necessity or family balancing. At Innovative Fertility Center, Dr. Mark Rispler performs a technique involving two advanced reproductive technologies to determine with nearly 100 percent accuracy the sex of the embryo: in-vitro fertilization (IVF) with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).

Gender Selection with In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) with Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

~ In-vitro fertilization involves stimulating a woman’s cycle using fertility drugs, monitoring follicle growth and triggering ovulation. After retrieving resulting eggs in an in-office procedure, Dr. Rispler and Innovative Fertility Center embryologists combine egg and collected sperm in the IVF lab. After fertilization, one or more embryos are ready for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).

~ PGD takes place approximately three days after IVF egg retrieval. Chromosomal evaluation of the embryo, using a single cell, can reveal the sex of that embryo. Dr. Rispler reassures his patients that decades of clinical research confirms that removing one cell for PGD does not negatively impact the embryo.

~ Using PGD, Dr. Rispler transfers back into the womb only an embryo of the desired sex, either male or female.

Situations for IVF with PGD

For centuries, the desire to have a baby of a certain sex has manifested itself in advice from family and friends, offering techniques said to produce either a boy or a girl. Today, fertility clinics offer medically based solutions for gender selections; the high-tech option is IVF with PGD.

Couples consult with Dr. Rispler and Innovative Fertility Center for assistance in gender selection in these unique situations:

Family Balancing

A common reason a couple partners with Dr. Rispler for gender selection is family balancing. Family balancing provides couples that only have boys, or only girls, an increased chance of having a child of another sex in the family. A couple planning to add to or start a family can take advantage of one of the most exciting advances in reproductive medicine—the ability to genetically analyze an embryo prior to embryo transfer.

Medical Gender Selection

When one or both partners carry a known genetic disease, one that can be passed on to the next generation, IVF with PGD brings peace of mind and a proactive plan. Using PGD, Dr. Rispler can identify embryos affected by genetic disease: inheritable genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis and Tay Sachs, or a sex-linked genetic disorder such as hemophilia or muscular dystrophy.

Determining the sex of your baby with family balancing prior to conception can fulfill a long-time dream. Patient advocates at Innovative Fertility Center can help you sort through the physical, emotional and financial implications of gender selection.

Contact us to learn more about family balancing with IVF and PGD.

Family Balancing: What Are My Options?


Family balancing used to involve old wives tales and advice on positions, diet and timing, but now fertility doctors can determine the sex of your baby with nearly 100 percent accuracy. Learn more>>