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How To Get Pregnant With A Boy (Or A Girl)

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How To Get Pregnant With A Boy (Or A Girl)

Although PGD is sometimes used for gender selection, it is almost always specifically for gender-related illnesses, although it can sometimes be used to provide family balance in cases where couples are not going to be able to have any more children.


Many couples who are trying to get pregnant become extremely concerned about whether there are risks involved in the PGD process - the idea of having cells removed from a five day old embryo strikes them as dangerous, and they worry that somehow their baby won't develop normally.

In fact, PGD can actually assist in helping a couple carry a baby to term, because it eliminates the possibility of them getting pregnant with a fetus that is genetically nonviable. The removal of cells at just five days post conception is not something that creates a risk for their future child.


By the nature of the process, PGD must be done in conjunction with an in vitro fertilization process, even if a couple does not have a problem getting pregnant. This is because in vitro is the only way that the physician can have access to the embryo for cell removal prior to it being implanted.

Genetic testing can be done in uterus but doing so would then require intervention once the baby has already started to develop in the woman's womb.

Success Rate

The success rate of using preimplantation genetic diagnosis is excellent, specifically because by identifying embryos that are not viable prior to implantation, it reduces the possibility of miscarriage or non-implantation that is due to a variety of chromosomal abnormalities.

The goal of PGD is to provide a couple who is trying to get pregnant not just with the ability to get pregnant (which is often the case with in vitro fertilization) but also to eliminate the heartache of losing a baby to a genetic disease, or being faced with the difficult decisions that are involved once a  genetically damaged fetus is detected in utero.

PGD stands for preimplantation genetic diagnosis, and it is one of the most innovative, high tech breakthroughs in preventing genetic diseases. The technique is done in conjunction with IVF, or In Vitro Fertilization, and involves checking to see whether an embryo is the carrier of a specific disease while still in the laboratory; only embryos that are disease-free are implanted in the womb of a woman who is trying to get pregnant.

PGD Process

Because PGD is such a highly technical process, it is generally only offered by high risk fertility doctors. It was developed specifically to address the special needs of couples who are trying to get pregnant but who are known carriers of genetic diseases.

Rather than having these couples go ahead, conceive, and then find out at a later date that their baby carries a potentially life-threatening or deadly disease, the couples choose to get pregnant via in vitro fertilization and have the embryo tested before it is implanted in the woman's womb. The in vitro fertilization process involves the harvesting and removal of several eggs from the woman's ovaries which are then combined in the laboratory with the man's sperm.

Once fertilization has taken place and the embryo has grown to approximately one hundred cells, an embryo biopsy is performed; a few cells are removed from each of the embryos and analyzed for the presence of genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis. The technology can also be used to assist couples who have suffered several miscarriages due to chromosomal imbalances of the fetus, and gender-related illnesses.

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