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Gender selection or sex selection is an option for couples who wish to avoid sex-linked diseases such as hemophilia or Duchene’s muscular dystrophy. Gender selection can screen more than 400 hereditary diseases.
IVF and gender selection consists of several different methods, one of them being the Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis or PGD. Using this method the embryos are tested for genetic disorders before fertilization and the implantation into the uterus.
The PGD procedure was introduced in the 1980s and is used to test embryos for genetic disorders, such as chromosomal or single-gene defects. Only several clinics offer this highly sophisticated procedure, which is seen as a popular option for couples that want to choose the gender of their child.