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How to Have A Baby Boy
A couple has 50% chance of having either sex child in natural conception. Being that females carry two X chromosomes, passing one of those X chromosomes onto their child, it is up to the male partner to pass either an X chromosome or Y chromosome to determine the sex of the baby. An XX chromosome pair results in a baby girl and an XY chromosome pair results in a baby boy.
How to Have a Baby Boy
For couples who are concerned about sex-linked genetic disorders, or parents of a little girl looking to have a baby boy, gender selection via preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is the most accurate method for choosing the sex of their child.
PGD is a procedure that is performed as part of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. It requires a single cell biopsy which is then tested for chromosomal balance (thus likelihood of developing into a healthy pregnancy), genetic disease, and can also determine the sex of the child. PGD is the only method with nearly 100% accuracy for determining the sex of the embryo.
Sex Selection to Prevent Genetic Disease
If you or your spouse has a family history of a sex-linked genetic disease that is passed down to females in the family, you might consider gender selection. Though males are more susceptible to showing outward signs of genetic disease, conditions like Fragile X could impair a female’s fertility later in life.
Sex Selection for Family Balancing
Despite the fact that sex selection for non-medical reasons is not available at every fertility clinic, there are several fertility doctors willing to perform PGD to help a have a baby boy. Gender selection for medical reasons is more readily available across the United States.