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What Are The Benefits of Gender Selection?

What Are The Benefits of Gender Selection?

Introduction: Gender selection, though a subject of contention in some societies, is a practice that is gaining popularity due to its numerous benefits, particularly for families with children of the same sex. At First Fertility, we understand that this is a decision that parents consider thoughtfully, and we are committed to ensuring their comfort and understanding throughout the process. In this article, we will explore the intricacies of gender selection, from the methods used to its global benefits, as well as address the counterarguments against it. We firmly believe in providing parents the freedom to make informed choices while upholding ethical standards and confidentiality, ultimately aiming for the best interests of both parents and their future child.

Understanding Gender Selection

Gender selection, although a contentious issue in some societies, is increasingly common. The practice has been ongoing for decades and holds numerous benefits, particularly for families with multiple children of the same sex. When parents approach us, they have carefully considered their intentions and desired outcome.

We ensure both parents are comfortable and fully informed about the decision. Ethics remain a top priority, and treatment only commences once we are satisfied that the patients are at ease with the process.

Understanding Gender Selection Techniques

Gender selection involves choosing the sex of the baby. Currently, two methods are used: sperm sorting and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) along with IVF. PGD allows parents to choose which embryos are implanted, including selecting the sex and checking for genetic defects.

The Role of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)

PGD is a modern technique involving the removal of a small cell sample from a blastocyst embryo in our laboratory. It is used alongside IVF to check for genetic disorders, including over 100 known conditions. For parents with a history of genetic disorders, PGD plays a crucial role in gender selection.

Here are some benefits of gender selection:

  • Family Planning – Gender selection allows parents more flexibility in family planning, influencing the number of children they raise, reducing concerns about lower levels of care in some areas of the world.
  • Levels of Care – Concerns about raising, educating, and providing for all children properly are raised when families continue to have children until they have the desired sex.
  • Reduction of Genetic Disorders – Gender-specific hereditary or genetic conditions can be avoided by choosing the sex of the baby before conception, eliminating the risk.
  • More Time to Prepare – Families can plan, save, and prepare for appropriate clothing, nursery, and repurposing old items, leading to cost savings.
  • Enhanced Parenting – This opportunity allows parents to be more prepared and involved in their role.


Gender selection is an increasingly common practice that offers numerous benefits, especially for families with multiple children of the same sex. When parents approach us, they have carefully considered their intentions and desired outcome.

Choosing the Gender of Your Child

Although this is something that many parents would deny, it is a factor that has been recognised. Some, but certainly not all, parents will love and care for a child more if it is a particular sex. If this is the case, and parents need to be honest with themselves, it would be best for all concerned if they chose the sex of the baby before it was born. In some families, it is something that can lead to an overall happier family environment.

Some families may have lost a child and being able to choose the sex of their next child may help them to overcome their loss. It should be stressed that the newly born child should not be reviewed as a replacement or a substitute and is a new life in its own right. It is something that can help to reduce grief as well as assisting the family to move on. In some families and cultures, there may be practical reasons for this, such as succession and continuing the family line.

Supportive family environment with parents and children.

Supportive family environment with parents and children.

The Counter Argument

Of course, we feel that as a professional clinic, we should identify some of the common arguments that people have against gender selection. There will always be questions raised regarding the morals and ethics of choosing the sex of a child. Often there are practical reasons why people have strong views against gender selection such as that it can cause an imbalance in the natural split between males and females. Cost is another argument that is again frequently brought up when the topic is discussed.

Conclusion

At First Fertility, we are very much in favor of giving parents a choice when it comes to themselves and their families. We emphasize the importance of understanding the deep emotional impact of events such as child loss and the desire to choose the sex of the next child. In our field of work, we’ve seen how gender selection can be a deeply personal decision for families and can contribute to the healing process after experiencing such loss. We regard our clinic as one that follows the letter of the law and is entirely moral and ethical, always allowing patients the freedom to make their own choices. We are always sympathetic and available to answer questions while maintaining the strictest levels of confidence.

Being able to have a child is a privilege. The option of being able to choose the sex of your child is an extension of that privilege and should never be abused. Being able to choose the gender of your child is often in the best interests of both parents and the unborn child. It is likely to lead to the child having a more fulfilled and enjoyable childhood.

Conclusion: Understanding the significant impact of gender selection on family planning, levels of care, and reducing the risks of genetic disorders is crucial. While ethical considerations must always be at the forefront, providing parents with the option to choose the sex of their child can lead to a more fulfilling family dynamic and a better-prepared future. At First Fertility, we believe in upholding moral and ethical standards while supporting parents in making their own choices. The privilege of choosing a child’s gender should always be approached with deep consideration and respect for the well-being of both the parents and the child.

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is gender selection?

Gender selection is the process of choosing the sex of your baby, which can be done through sperm sorting or Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) in conjunction with IVF.

2. What is PGD?

PGD, or Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, is a modern technique used for checking genetic disorders and identifying the sex of an embryo by removing a small sample of cells from a blastocyst embryo in the laboratory, often used in conjunction with IVF treatment.

3. What are the benefits of gender selection globally?

  • Family Planning: Gender selection gives parents more flexibility in family planning, influencing the number of children raised.
  • Levels of Care: It can raise concerns about the family’s ability to raise, educate, and feed all children properly.
  • Reduces Risks of Genetic Disorders: Parents can choose the sex of the baby to prevent gender-specific genetic conditions.
  • More Time to Prepare: Families can plan and save for appropriate clothing, nursery, and other preparations.
  • Parents Can be More Loving: Some parents may love and care for a child more if it is a particular sex, leading to a happier family environment.
  • Help with Bereavement: Choosing the sex of the next child may help families who have lost a child to overcome their loss, although the child should not be viewed as a replacement.

4. What are common arguments against gender selection?

Common arguments against gender selection include ethical and moral concerns about the imbalance in the natural split between males and females, and the cost associated with the process.

5. What is the conclusion regarding gender selection at First Fertility?

First Fertility supports giving parents a choice in their family planning, maintaining moral and ethical practices, always allowing patients the freedom to make their own choices, and being available to answer questions while maintaining strict confidence.

  • Published on : Monday January 20, 2020
  • Last updated : Monday July 1, 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.