In vitro fertilization (IVF) with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is the only way to guarantee the gender of your baby. IVF involves using a series of hormone shots to stimulate the ovaries to produce many eggs. When the eggs have matured, they are removed in a surgical procedure. Once in the lab, the eggs are fertilized with the partner’s sperm and embryos are created. After a few days, the embryo begins to grow.
In PGD, a cell isremoved from the embryo in the early stages. This cell can be analyzed to determine the gender of the embryo. If the embryo is found to have the desired gender, it can be implanted into the uterus of the woman. IVF costs $8-12,000 and the PGD is an additional $4,000. The process takes nearly a month to complete and has a success rate for sex selection of 99 percent.
Another option for increasing the odds of having a boy or girl is called Microsort. In this procedure, the X-chromosome containing sperm are separated from the Y-chromosome sperm using a special technique in the laboratory. The desired sperm is then inserted into the uterus by a procedure called intrauterine insemination. The procedure costs about $3,500. The success rate for having a girl is 70 to 90 percent and the success rate for having a boy is 60 to 80 percent.
Both of these techniques are performed by fertility doctors.