How Gender Identification and Selection Play a Role in Gestational Surrogacy

blog1Genetic testing helps to increase IVF pregnancy success rates up to 30 percent! Gender identification and selection is a convenient by-product of genetic testing performed in conjunction with IVF. The sex of each embryo is identifiable for selection before it is transferred to your gestational surrogate’s uterus. Genetic testing technology works to identify embryos with chromosomal abnormalities while they culture in vitro.

Gender Identification and Selection for Transfer

Intended parents who are using a gestational surrogate to conceive a baby are choosing the sex of their baby through cutting edge IVF technology. No longer is gender selection frowned upon as a social engineering tool used to make designer babies. Gender selection is an accepted fertility procedure used to choose the sex of a baby for family balancing purposes.

Candidates for Gestational Surrogacy

  • Women having had a hysterectomy
  • Men having had a vasectomy
  • Couples having a history of multiple failed IVF procedures
  • Couples experiencing recurrent miscarriage
  • Couples with good quality eggs and sperm, but having the inability to carry a pregnancy to full term
  • Same Sex Couples

PGS/NGS is the testing of an embryo’s overall chromosomal normalcy prior to being transferred to the patient’s uterus. Chromosomal abnormalities make an embryo too week to thrive into a fetus if it manages to implant into a woman’s uterine lining.

An Embryo’s Gender Chromosomal Make Up

The gender of an embryo is determined by the chromosomes carried in the sperm.

  • A man’s sperm can carry either the X or Y chromosome
  • A woman’s egg only contributes the X chromosome to the fertilized embryo
  • An embryo with XY makeup is male
  • An embryo with XX makeup is female

Genetic Testing for Informed Decisions

  • Only high quality embryos are transferred to the gestational surrogate’s uterus
  • Only high quality embryos are cryopreserved for Future Embryo Transfer (FET) procedures

Genetic Testing (PGS/NGS)

PGS/NGS takes place in conjunction with IVF in a controlled laboratory setting. After fertilization of the patient’s eggs in vitro, cells are removed from each of the embryos developing.

  • A single cell is removed from the embryo by a highly skilled embryologist using a laser and a microscopic glass needle
  • The single cell’s genetic makeup is analyzed by the embryologist under a microscope
  • A decision is made as to the quality of each of the individual embryos
  • Only high quality embryos are used in completion of a fresh IVF cycle
  • Only high quality embryos are cryopreserved for future FET procedures

Surrogacy Experts

New Beginnings Surrogacy’s Team of Surrogacy Experts want to help guide you through the entire surrogacy process. We can help you find the perfect surrogate match. Schedule your consultation by calling 844.873.5836.

Posted on: April 13, 2018