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Family Planning

For some couples, gender is an important part in deciding whether to have a child. There are disorders that affect only females or only males. By having a child of a specific gender, a sex-specific disorder can be avoided.​

​There are also many couples who want to have another child, but have a strong desire to have a child of a specific gender. They may already have 2 or 3 children of one gender and want to balance the family dynamics or have a child with the opposite gender.

​Through PGT, gender selection is possible. The Delaware Institute for Reproductive Medicine is one of a handful of clinics that offer the techniques, including IVF and PGT, for gender/sex selection for non-medical reasons.

Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) helps identify embryos that have recognizable chromosomal abnormalities prior to transfer to the uterus. PGT can be used for patients of all ages who have unexplained fertility, severe male factor, advanced maternal age and several failed IVF cycles with poor quality embryos. This procedure benefits families who have a known history of certain genetic abnormalities.

Choosing the sex of your child is technically possible thanks to advances in fertility treatments. Gender selection, or sex selection, is any method used to increase your chances of having a child of a specific gender.

With Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) the sex chromosomes are identified, allowing for gender selection prior to transfer to the uterus.

Sperm Spinning works on the premise that the clinic separates the X (female) and Y (male) sperm by use of centrifugation, however is not a guaranteed method.

Sperm Spinning works on the premise that the clinic separates the X (female) and Y (male) sperm by use of centrifugation.

During centrifugation, controlled spinning causes particles in a sample to become sorted into layers according to density of those particles. Sorting separates the more dense X-sperm from the lighter Y-sperm.

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