I’m just doing some research on chosing my baby’s gender. I came across the terms Shettles, Microsort and PGD. So I’m not very familiar with this terms, I’d love if someone of you in this forum could explain me in short what this techniques mean and which one is the most reliable.
Short background story: I’m a mother of 3 girls, the youngest 3 years, the oldest 14. I’m now hoping for a baby boy this time.
Any advice on this topic welcome.12/08/2019 at 23:00
Basically, Shettles method is said to help determine a baby’s sex by having sex closer to the date of ovulation. This technique was developed by doctor Shettles, who claimed this method to have a success rate of 80-85% of having a boy.
However, this method is still not scientifically proved.
MicroSort, also called sperm sorting, on the other hand, is a scientifically proved method in the field of assisted reproduction that consists of separating sperm according to its weight and size.
Once the spermatozoa have been separated, only those that have the chromosome of the desired sex will be used for in vitro fertilization. That means, if you wish for a boy the chromosome Y will be used.
It’s not 100% reliable, though. The success rate for boys is at 73%.
Now last but not least, there is the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, PDG. It consists of extracing a cell from the embryo before the transfer and analyising its chromosomes so that you can know the sex of the embryo.
Diagnostic reliability is close to 100%.
Keep in mind that not all techniques are allowed everywhere in the world. So depending on where you reside, there’s no possiblity of chosing a baby’s sex for non-therapeutic reasons.
More information on how to chose the baby’s sex can be read here: Sex selection for therapeutical and non-therapeutical purposes.
Hope this helps you,
Best wishes12/10/2019 at 10:03
I wouldn’t choose.
We made far a too long way to have a tiny bean inside. No matter, whether it’s a boy or a girl.10/22/2020 at 13:47