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Choosing the Sex of Your Baby Facts and Myths

With today’s technology, the possibilities and amount of things we are now able to are endless. Many advancements have been made that allow concepts that used to be dreamed of to be a reality.

While many of these improvements have changed lives, there are still a few things that we have yet to discover.

Choosing the sex of your child, however, is not one of them. Although the concept had been researched since the late 1960s, it wasn’t until recently that this idea became something feasible for people to consider.

However, though it is now an option, there are many things that people don’t know about the process in its entirety.


The process of baby sex selection, in a lot of cases known as in vitro fertilization, was firstly popularized by celebrities. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend are a celebrity couple that is known for having selected the sex of their daughter, who is now three years old.

But the reason why famous people are the main ones who go about this process is because of how expensive it is. To summarize how it works in simple terms, essentially multiple eggs are removed from the woman, and fertilization outside of the uterus, using the sperm of the father.

At this point, specialists can look at each fertilized egg and determine traits about it, including gender. After one that is the desired sex has been found, it can then be implanted in the uterus of the mother.

While costs vary state to state, this process and its implementation can range from 10,000 to 17,000 dollars. And the important thing to remember when it comes to this is not all pregnancies are successful.

So someone could pay 17,000 dollars to go through the process once. If the pregnancy does not stick, they will have to pay the cost all over, to try again. In a recent case, a couple paid $100,000 to ensure their child would be a girl!

Morality aspect

Another portion of the pie that many people leave out and forget to discuss is the whole thing’s morality. Originally, this gene selection process was created to weed out diseases, such as down syndrome in children.

But now, people are using it to design their children as they so please simply. The reason why this can become an issue is that not just one egg is fertilized, meaning not just one life is created.

In this process, multiple eggs are fertilized. It is the one that fits that desired trait that is typically selected for implementation into the uterus. The ones that do not fit the bill, however, are simply discarded.

Now, imagine doing that with children a year older, throwing away the ones that didn’t have characteristics you desired. For some, this may not be an issue.

But anyone considering sex selection should look and think about this aspect as well. It could be a deal-breaker for some.

Legal matters

Another factor to consider among this topic is the fact it’s not necessarily legal in all areas. The reason why this process holds some concern in certain demographics is because of population issues that already exist.

Some fear that gender selection will mess up the balance, and affect the human population in a negative way. Thus, and other reasons, places, such as the United Kingdom, have laws against sex selection practices.

This should be considered because if you or a party interested in sex selection resides in an area where it is not allowed, you will have to go abroad to get it done. A simple Google search should suffice when attempting to discover legality regarding the topic in a designated area.

The surprise factor

One reason why soon to be parents may be hesitant to go along with the sex selection process of their baby is because of the surprise factor that is then ripped away from the pregnancy.

Many parents report that the fun of “not knowing” is a part of a good and desired pregnancy. And while convenient, selecting the gender of the child takes this aspect away.

This concern varies among discussing parties, but some say that choosing the gender takes the fun and suspense out of a pregnancy.

Health risks

Of all the concepts to consider around this practice, the health risks are obviously one of the most important. Considering the entire point of a pregnancy is to ensure the life of a healthy newborn baby.

Unfortunately, specialists think that extended use of these in vitro fertilization practices can be harmful to both the mother and children.

Studies show that women with multiple pregnancies using this method have had higher rates for things like diabetes and premature children. Additionally, kids born through this process have shown to have lifelong health issues. Health issues like high blood pressure and general abnormalities as well.

However, with these statistics, it is important to note that many couples who use in vitro fertilization do so to combat infertility rates, so this could be a factor.

Additionally, from 2000 to 2010, the percentage of in vitro pregnancies that resulted in health problems has decreased from 25 to 16 percent.


All in all, the fact that the process of creating life has evolved so much to the point where parents can make these choices on their own is astonishing.

For many people, this sex selection process is a great idea, and it fits their needs and situation well.

However, it is important that when making a choice, the deciding party considers all factors. Including cost, morality, and health benefits as well, to ensure a smooth and healthy pregnancy and child.

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