What is sexing?
There are various ways and alternatives for you to have a baby, either naturally or with medical help, in case you have a fertility problem, you are single or you are a homoparental couple, for this reason you look for possible solutions and find in the assisted reproduction the thousand ways to make your dream come true.
It is for this reason that we will focus on a concern that you may have throughout the process, will it be possible to know the sex of the baby during treatment? Or can I choose the sex of the baby? You may have many more questions regarding the gender of your baby, but I can tell you that there are many ways to know the sex of your baby and that it is a personal decision, if you decide to choose the sex of your baby using sexing.
Therefore, we will tell you about sexing one of the many alternatives related to the selection of the baby's sex, which consists of manipulating the first stages of embryo formation, through in vitro fertilization to generate the male or female gender.
This type of intervention is a personal decision or that of the couple, emotionally and culturally, since it is an important step in assisted reproduction, but we will help you understand and consult if you consider it in your plans.
This method takes as its main basis the chromosomes of the man and the woman, since the man has 50% of the sperm of the X chromosome and 50% of the Y chromosome, in the same way the woman in her ovum only has the X chromosome, for For this reason, when the baby is a girl it has to be fertile with the X chromosome (XX) sperm and when it is a boy it has the Y chromosome (XY). In this way, sexing uses this type of information to be able to select the sex of the baby when the couple requires it.
Treatment is carried out through a preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), where the couple undergoes a in vitro fertilization IVF ) , in which cells are extracted from the embryos obtained after 3 to 5 days of their development and analyzed, to select a "chromosomally healthy" embryo, this technique also allows to analyze all the chromosomes of the embryo, it is possible to know if it is XX (girl) or XY (boy) long before the fetus begins to develop. And finally, the embryos to be implanted are selected according to the desire of the couple and transferred to the woman's uterus.
It is also important to clarify that several tests are carried out in the process, in such a way that the eggs that are not used are frozen or, if the couple wishes, they donate them for a possible couple who needs them.
In what cases should it be done?
It is an option for a few select parents, since the choice of sex is legal in very few countries and only when in vitro fertilization practices are required, in which the woman must demonstrate a medical reason to be able to carry out such practice.
For this reason, not all couples are selected to carry out the process, but it is also an option, if it is by your own decision that you want to make the selection of the baby's sex in a personal way, either for your wishes or for some purpose that you have.
What are its benefits?
Thanks to advances in science, this method makes it possible to choose the healthiest chromosomes in a specialized laboratory, so that the fertilized embryo can develop in an adequate way and that later it does not develop any serious disease and is completely healthy.
It is an assisted reproduction technique that is often required by couples to know the sex of the baby, but it is not a widely used technique, because many times couples expect the surprise of knowing the sex of the baby later and other times for medical reasons. they use it. but basically its benefits are:
- To avoid a serious hereditary disease linked to sex.
- Medical reasons.
- Family balance.
It is a hope that parents have, susceptible to diseases that can be inherited to the baby linked to sex, avoiding diseases such as muscle atrophy, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, among others, possible diseases that can be avoided through sexing.
Is it necessary in all surrogacy processes?
It is not necessary, only when required by medical recommendation, if in the process one of the parents claims to have a hereditary disease that may affect the embryo and the choice of the sex of the baby is necessary in the surrogacy or by their own decision.
That cost has?
Treatment costs depend on the hormones used and the age of the woman, prices range from 6 to 10 million Colombian pesos. The cost in the United States is around $ 20,000.
All costs are always linked to the regulations of each country, who can access these alternatives and specialized clinics on the subject, so around the world the countries in which the choice of sex is legal, we find: United States, Mexico, Czech Republic, Panama, Thailand and Jordan.
We can conclude that surrogacy is one of the many fertility alternatives that many people today are knowing and openly accessing. When you start to be part of this change, you realize that everything is possible, from the moment that you have the autonomy and your own decision so that you can choose the gender of your baby, or that you have any hereditary disease, and you do not want your baby inherited it, but thanks to the medical and scientific advances that exist today, you have the peace of mind of being able to access sex selection treatments safely and that the process is successful from all possible perspectives. It is worth recommending you choose places and clinics recognized as CELAGEM with its own genetic laboratory that provides you with a permanent accompaniment in all treatments.