Have many babies been born using the sex selection procedure?
Yes. thousands of healthy babies have been born in the United States and other parts of the world.
Is the chance of a birth defect higher after the sex selection procedure?
No. All artificial insemination studies, whether performed with fresh, frozen, washed or isolated sperm, show no greater occurrence of birth defects when compared to natural conception.
Am I guaranteed to deliver a child of the sex that I have chosen?
The results of pregnancies conceived using sex selection cannot be guaranteed because the procedure does not completely separate the X- from the Y-chromosome-bearing sperm. Chances for a girl are 80% and for a boy are 75%.
How long will it take to conceive a pregnancy using this method?
On average it takes a woman about three cycles to conceive. However some will conceive sooner and others will take longer. Human reproduction is not a very efficient process as evidenced by the fact that only about 20 % of couples trying to conceive naturally do so in any given month.
Will irregular menstrual cycles prevent me from undergoing sex selection?
Women who have irregular cycles are accepted for this procedure but usually take longer to conceive because they ovulate less frequently and unpredictably. This makes it more difficult to choose a proper day for insemination. however there are several methods which can be used to assist in the accurate prediction of the time of ovulation.
Does this procedure increase the chances of a problem pregnancy?
There has been absolutely no evidence that the course of a pregnancy conceived through sex selection would run a different course than that of a normal conception.
Are miscarriages more common?
No. The risks of miscarriage are the same as those associated with a normal conception, which is presently estimated at one out of four pregnancies.
Who will be told about my conceiving in this manner?
The process is totally confidential. We will not release information about a patient unless we are authorized to do so by the patient.
Is this covered by insurance?
Most insurance companies do not cover the sex selection part of the procedure.