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4 Most Common Reasons for Gender Selection Treatment

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Introduction: Going on the path towards parenthood is a deeply personal and profound decision. For some, envisioning their ideal family involves a specific mix of genders, while for others, the notion of passing on the family name holds great significance. The desire to safeguard children from inheriting genetic diseases also prompts many individuals to seek methods of gender selection. In this article, we will explore the most common reasons why individuals choose gender selection treatment, from aspirations of nurturing a specific mix of genders to concerns about genetic diseases and family legacies.

Family Planning and IVF: Gender Preferences and Beyond

Everybody has an expectation of what they want from life. Some aspire to have a successful career or to travel. But at some stage in everybody’s life, there will come a time when they think about having kids or what they would want out of deciding to have children. And while we all know exactly what you get out of parenthood can vary wildly, everybody will at least have certain hopes and best case scenarios in their minds. Some people, however, want their dream family to come together a lot more than others.

For some the fantasy about their family would be that they have a successful life, however, others may be wanting to nurture specific genders or a mix of genders that they feel will benefit from their style of parenting. As well as every mother wanting to see her daughter have kids of their own, and every father would like a son to pass their mantle to. Let’s explore some of the most common reasons people decide to cement the family they envisioned in their head into reality by undertaking IVF for baby boys (or girls).

Diverse families enjoying time together.

Diverse families enjoying time together.

Genders and Family Balance

Now everybody should obviously love their children no matter their gender. However some people are sometimes more blessed with one gender of a child than the other and as such, some people feel like they either want to balance the mix of genders currently in their house or, for some, would like to ensure this mix from the beginning of their families journey. Either way, this is the most common excuse that people give when asked why they want to specify the genders of their children.

For some though, this balance of genders can be not just a practicality, but an aspiration of being able to nurture those from both genders in the best possible way. We’ve seen families where having a mix of genders has enriched their lives and relationships.

However, we could also look at this from the other end of the spectrum. After all, not everybody would want to bring up children from both genders, some may have their own personal reasons for this, from affection towards one gender over another, in order to balance the entire family as a whole across various aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews.

Personal Preferences and Traditions

Everybody is more than entitled to their own opinion and preferences, some may just find one gender cuter, or even that they just simply don’t like the idea of bringing up girls, or boys. These people will often seek out ways to ensure that their children are of one gender, be that with fertility treatments or from old wives tales and traditional “methods”. At the end of the day as much as getting the gender of a child that you want, just as important for some people is not getting the gender of the baby they don’t want, and if you agree that one school of thought is fine then so too must the other.

Cultural and Emotional Considerations

In many cultures around the world, the tradition is for the family name to be inherited by the firstborn son. This practice aligns with women adopting their husbands’ surnames after marriage, essentially establishing a new branch of the family. The prospect of the family name potentially ending, particularly for the last male member of the family, can be daunting and may result in pressure from the family to have a male child to carry on the family legacy.

Moreover, in cultures where men are viewed as the primary breadwinners responsible for supporting their parents in old age, not having a male relative to care for them can be a source of concern. This is particularly evident in countries like India, where male family members are expected to prioritize the care of their own parents over their wife’s parents. Consequently, some individuals resort to seeking gender selection services outside their home countries, especially if such services are prohibited locally. This leaves those who are unable to afford overseas treatment in a challenging predicament. We have seen families who feel pressured to have a male child due to cultural and traditional expectations, highlighting the emotional and cultural complexities surrounding gender selection.

Genetic and Emotional Factors

For individuals dealing with genetic diseases that can be passed down to their children, the decision to select the gender of their child becomes even more complex. Genetic disorders such as dystrophy, autism, and hemophilia can significantly impact not only the affected child but also their families. Many individuals seek to avoid passing on these conditions to their children, often considering probabilities related to the gender of the parent in determining the likelihood of the child inheriting the disease.

Furthermore, the concept of medical gender selection extends to psychological considerations, where a single mother might feel better equipped to care for a daughter than a son. Similarly, families who have experienced the loss of a daughter or son may prefer not to be reminded of the child they lost. These emotional factors play a significant role in the decision-making process for gender selection.

 Exploring the Decision-Making Process

Ultimately, the decision to explore gender selection is deeply personal and must be rationalized by the individual or couple involved. The importance of choice cannot be understated, and the key lies in contemplating whether one would be equally content with either outcome. 

Conclusion: For those uncertain about their decision, researching available options is a sensible approach. Finding a clinic that not only acknowledges each individual’s unique circumstances but also provides understanding and support can make a profound difference.

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

1. What Are the Most Common Reasons for Gender Selection Treatment?

The most common reasons for gender selection treatment include desiring a balanced mix of genders, passing on the family name, and concerns about genetic diseases that are gender-specific.

2. Is Gender Balancing a Common Reason for Choosing Gender Selection Treatment?

Yes, many individuals seek gender selection to balance the mix of genders in their family or to fulfill their personal aspiration of nurturing children from both genders.

3. Do Cultural and Traditional Factors Influence Gender Selection Treatment?

Yes, in many cultures, passing on the family name, societal expectations, and roles associated with specific genders influence the decision to undergo gender selection treatment.

4. How Does Genetic Disease Influence the Choice for Gender Selection Treatment?

Concerns over passing on genetic diseases, such as dystrophy, autism, or hemophilia, may lead individuals to consider gender selection to reduce the risk of their children inheriting these conditions.

5. Are There Legal and Ethical Considerations Related to Gender Selection Treatment?

Legal and ethical considerations regarding gender selection treatments vary by country. It’s important to research and understand the laws and regulations surrounding gender selection in your area.

  • Published on : Saturday March 16, 2019
  • Last updated : Saturday June 29, 2024
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About the author

Michelle Tan is an IVF Consultant with 12 years of experience in fertility consulting. Having personally undergone IVF and surrogacy, she brings firsthand insight and empathy to her work. Based in Singapore, Michelle frequently travels to clinics in Bangkok, Phnom Penh, and Bishkek, sharing her expertise and supporting patients on their fertility journeys.