Whether you are concerned about a hereditary gender-specific disease or are simply hoping to have a boy or girl, gender selection is one of our services that many of our patients find very useful. At our Houston, TX, fertility center, Dr. Sonja B. Kristiansen can help you increase your chances of having a baby of your desired gender through an advanced sperm sorting process. This revolutionary advance in reproductive technology allows us to offer our clients this exciting option.
About Gender Selection
Gender selection allows prospective parents to choose the sex of their child. This can be performed through genetic testing or sperm separation, so that only the embryos with the preferred sex are implanted into the uterus.
Why Consider Gender Selection?
Each family is unique; therefore, there are several reasons why couples may choose gender selection. Oftentimes, prospective parents decide on this option so that serious chromosomal disorders or genetic diseases are prevented. For example, some sex-linked congenital disorders are only passed down to a male offspring, such as hemophilia and muscular dystrophy. In these cases, a couple may choose to have a female. There are also other conditions, such as autism or Fragile X, that are more common in males than in females.
In some cases, a couple may choose gender selection for family balancing purposes. That is, if they already have one child of one gender, they may choose the opposite sex for their next child. In other instances, couples may feel more qualified to raise a child of a specific gender.
Genetic selection can be performed through genetic testing or sperm separation, so that only the embryos with the preferred sex are implanted into the uterus.
About MicroSort Sperm Sorting
Typically, about 50 percent of the sperm in a semen sample carry the X chromosome, and the other half carry the Y chromosome. MicroSort is a process that separates the sperm cells according to the chromosome they are carrying. This versatile process can be used with a number of artificial reproductive techniques, including IUI (intrauterine insemination), IVF (in vitro fertilization), and ICSI (intracytoplasmatic sperm injection).
The MicroSort Process
To perform the sorting process, a sperm sample is washed to remove nonmotile cells. The sample is then stained with a fluorescent material that attaches to the DNA in the sperm. Next, the cells are analyzed under a laser in a flow cytometer.
A sperm cell carrying an X chromosome contains more DNA than a sperm cell carrying a Y chromosome and will subsequently absorb more dye. Therefore, when the sample passes through the flow cytometer, cells that contain the X chromosome will appear brighter and more fluorescent. The sperm with the desired chromosome will be extracted, producing an enriched, ready-to-use sample. This process takes approximately six to seven hours to complete.
Why Choose Us?
Dr. Kristiansen is skilled and knowledgeable about the gender selection process, and has been offering this service to her patients for over a decade. She and her team are passionate about helping prospective parents achieve their family planning goals. The Houston Fertility Center is a state-of-the-art facility, offering the latest in medical advancements and technologies. When you choose us, rest assured you will be receiving the utmost in care.
Schedule a Consultation Today
If you are interested in learning more about the gender selection process, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kristiansen. She can help you determine the next step in your journey. You can call us in Houston at (713) 862-6181 or in Sugar Land at (713) 225-5375. You can also contact us online anytime.