IVF has helped thousands of people in the U.S. have the baby they longed for so much. And there is another benefit to IVF which many people are not familiar with. IVF treatment with PGS allows you to select an embryo for transfer by gender, so you can balance your family with a little girl or boy.
How does it work? Preimplantation genetic screening is a test performed by biopsy of the embryos produced in the lab during an IVF cycle. A few cells are removed from each embryo when it reaches the blastocyst stage and are sent for testing. The embryos are then frozen for transfer at a later time. PGS identifies chromosomally normal embryos and improves your chances of a successful IVF cycle. PGS also identifies the gender of an embryo.
When the test results arrive, your fertility specialist can then transfer a genetically healthy embryo of the gender you both prefer to the female partner’s uterus at the correct time in the IVF cycle. Any couple who are having IVF treatment can request PGS testing. Some fertility clinics will only perform family balancing for couples who already have one or more children. Policies vary from practice to practice.