Houston Fertility Center

Choose the Sex of Your Child with Gender Selection

At the Houston Fertility Center, we offer gender selection which allows prospective patients to choose the sex of their child. Dr. Sonja Kristiansen can perform gender selection through gender enhancement wash or genetic testing, so that only the embryos with the favored gender are transferred into the uterus. Our Houston, TX, practice utilizes the most advanced methods and has been providing leading fertility services for over 10 years. We can help you build the family you desire. 

Common Reasons for Considering Gender Selection

Because every family is unique, each will have their own reasons for pursuing gender selection. The two primary motivations for choosing this treatment are:

  • Family balancing: Some parents who already have a child of one gender may wish to have another child of the opposite gender. Sex selection can help these clients achieve the family dynamic they desire. In some cases, patients may have certain social, economic, or social reasons for wanting to have a child of a specific gender.
  • Genetic disease: Some couples have genetic diseases that they do not want to pass on to their children. For example, hemophilia and muscular dystrophy are sex-linked disorders that mostly affect male offspring. Therefore, many couples with these medical concerns choose to have a female baby.

two test tubes and the symbols for male and female
We use advanced methods to allow you to choose your child's gender.

How Gender Selection Works

In general, there is about a 50/50 chance of conceiving either a male or female child. A female parent carries an XX chromosomal makeup, while a male parent is XY. Therefore, the male parent can contribute an X chromosome or a Y chromosome. If an “X” sperm fertilizes the egg, a baby girl is conceived. In contrast, if the sperm that fertilizes the egg is a “Y”, the offspring will be male. At the Houston Fertility Center, we offer two methods for gender selection.

Gender Enhancement Wash

This practice has been performed in fertility clinics for over 30 years. During this process, a sperm sample is spun in a centrifuge, causing layers to separate based on density. This process sorts the dense X-sperm from the lighter Y-sperm. In addition, the sperm cells are separated from the seminal fluid so that irregular and abnormal sperm are eliminated.

Dr. Kristiansen has over a decade of gender selection experience. In addition to her skill and knowledge, she strives to deliver compassionate care to our patients.

Once this process is complete, the resulting sample is more likely to lead to pregnancy, while also increasing the chances for the desired gender.  Once the sperm sample is washed, it can be used for the intrauterine insemination (IUI) procedure only.

Generally, sperm sorting methods can result in 70-85% female and 60-75% male.  Although we offer this service, it is not FDA approved because it is widely considered an unreliable method to obtain the desired gender in addition to having lower pregnancy rates.  INVOcell or IVF with PGS are the only current methods to reliably determine pre-implantation gender and have higher pregnancy rates.

In Vitro Fertilization and INVOcell

Another popular option for gender selection is in vitro fertilization or INVOcell™ with preimplantation genetic screening (IVF or INVOcell with PGS - also known as PGT-A). Although this method is more expensive compared to a gender enhancement wash, it is by far the most predictable option.

During IVF, eggs are harvested from the female and sperm is taken from the male. The eggs are fertilized in a laboratory, where the embryos will develop for three to five days or within the body for INVOcell.  Once the embryos have matured, a biopsy will be performed to test for gender before they are implanted into the uterus during a frozen embryo transfer.  This method allows only the embryos with the preferred sex to be transferred into the woman’s uterus.

Why Choose the Houston Fertility Center?

Dr. Kristiansen has over a decade of gender selection experience. In addition to her skill and knowledge, she strives to deliver compassionate care to our patients. The Houston Fertility Center is a state-of-the-art facility which utilizes the most advanced technology for accurate patient care. 

Contact Us for More Information

If you are interested in exploring gender selection, schedule an appointment at the Houston Fertility Center today. Give us a call at (713) 225-5375 or contact us online

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