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How To Have A Baby Girl
In unassisted conception, a couple has 50% chance of having a boy, and 50% chance of having a girl. The sex of the child is determined by the male partner, as females carry two X chromosomes and males carry an X and a Y chromosome. Depending on which chromosome the sperm carries, the child could be male or female.
However, parents can choose the sex of their child using gender selection techniques with the help of a fertility doctor.
How to Have a Baby Girl
There are medical and non-medical reasons for using gender selection to have a girl. If you or your spouse is a known carrier of a sex-linked genetic disease, or you are the parents of a boy and considering family balancing (having one boy and one girl, for example), you should talk to a fertility doctor skilled in Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD).
PGD is a procedure that is performed in conjunction with in vitro fertilization (IVF) and samples one cell of an embryo to determine the sex, the risk of genetic disease, and any chromosomal abnormalities that would prevent the embryo from developing into a healthy pregnancy. PGD is the only method with nearly 100% accuracy for determining the sex of the embryo.
Sex Selection to Prevent Genetic Disease
Some genetic diseases are X-linked chromosomal abnormalities, and are passed down to male offspring in a family. In order to prevent their baby from having the disease, the parents may opt for gender selection to have a girl. The female child may be a carrier of the disease, but would not exhibit any characteristics of the disease.
Sex Selection for Family Balancing
Despite the fact that sex selection for non-medical reasons is not available at every fertility clinic, many fertility doctors across the United States are willing to help a couple achieve their dream of having a daughter through the gender selection process. To find a fertility doctor who specializes in PGD for sex selection, contact our Patient Care Coordinators at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or online by filling out the Contact Fertility Doctors Near Me form.