Gender selection on rise with assisted reproduction in US

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While most people aren’t extremely concerned about what gender child they have, it’s becoming more and more important to some – partly due to the balancing of families, and sometimes due to health issues which only are present in male or female children. Whatever the reason, there has been an increase in people seeking gender selection of their child using advanced reproductive technologies. This is legal in the United States, but is forbidden for religious, ethical, and cultural reasons in many countries, which cause some individuals from other countries to seek this service in the United States, with nobody in their home country being any wiser for it.

It’s well known that female fertility begins to decline with age, sharply dropping off after age 35, and becoming much harder to achieve pregnancy past age 40. Because a woman is born with all the human ova she will ever have, her egg is as old as she is at the time of fertilization, which means that there is a higher risk of genetic mutations, anomalies, and miscarriage. Fortunately, with advanced reproductive technologies, embryos that have genetic mutations can be identified, and gender can also be chosen if the parent desires.

Read full, original post: Gender selection as part of advanced reproductive technology: Does the U.S. prefer boys or girls?

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