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Gender Selection Before Birth is Possible

Gender Selection Before Birth is Possible

May 9, 2023, by Dr Javed Iqbal

What is gender selection? CAN YOU PICK THE GENDER OF A BABY?

Gender selection is any attempt to pre-determine what sex a baby will have at birth. Today, the term is also used to describe a fertility treatment process that increases the likelihood that a baby will be born with the desired sex, either male or female.Historically, women were often blamed if a pregnancy didn’t result in a male. The truth is that genetically, it is the father’s sperm that determines the sex of a child. The sperm carries either an X (female) or Y (male) chromosome, whereas the egg only carries an X chromosome.With today’s advanced fertility techniques, it is possible to choose a gender during treatment so that the sex of the baby at birth is the sex you want.


The baby’s sex is determined at conception, when the sperm fertilizes the egg with either an X (female) or Y (male) chromosome. Sex is one of the 46 chromosomes that make up the genetic code of an embryo. The baby’s sex is fixed at conception and doesn’t change as the pregnancy progresses.Visually, you can see the baby’s sex using ultrasound as early as 10–12 weeks. DNA testing can detect it earlier, at 6–9 weeks. And even earlier, on day 5, of embryo testing.

Do natural gender-selection methods work?

Because the sex of the embryo is determined by the sperm, contrary to what some believe, there is nothing a woman can do, whether that is adopting a particular diet or following a Chinese birth chart, to influence the gender.Throughout history, there have been many beliefs on how to influence a baby’s gender. For example, Aristotle believed the wind direction during copulation determined the sex at conception (it doesn’t). Another myth, that hot weather favors boy babies, is just a myth.

What is the success rate of gender selection?

The successful gender selection rate is very high, i.e., 99%. In this regard, both husband and wife should receive proper treatment as per the advice given by their consultant.

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