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FAQs 2020 #4 I have two healthy and happy boys and would like to have another baby but would really love to have a girl. Are there any tips on how I can have a girl or can we do genetic testing with IVF.

FAQs 2020 #4 I have two healthy and happy boys and would like to have another baby but would really love to have a girl. Are there any tips on how I can have a girl or can we do genetic testing with IVF.

(Of course this question is just as often around the other way!)

While having a healthy baby is most certainly everyone’s top priority it’s also totally normal to yearn for a baby of the other sex.

You may have heard many stories on how to conceive a boy or a girl. Some theories focus on nutrition, others on sexual positions and timing. While there is no harm trying, these methods are not science based and have not shown to be any more successful than just letting nature take its course.

Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) is used in conjunction with IVF and determines (among other things) the gender of the embryo. This method was developed to avoid the risk of transmitting serious genetic disorders. Australian regulations permit sex selection of embryos when these genetic disorders are associated with a particular gender. For example, couples may carry genes for muscular dystrophy or haemophilia, health conditions that generally affect males only. For these couples it is possible for them to have a female child though IVF and genetic testing.

Gender selection for non medical reasons, known as Family Balancing, is a topic of a much discussion. Currently Australian regulations do not allow for genetic testing and gender selection for Family Balancing.

(Of course this question is just as often around the other way!)

While having a healthy baby is most certainly everyone’s top priority it’s also totally normal to yearn for a baby of the other sex.

You may have heard many stories on how to conceive a boy or a girl. Some theories focus on nutrition, others on sexual positions and timing. While there is no harm trying, these methods are not science based and have not shown to be any more successful than just letting nature take its course.

Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) is used in conjunction with IVF and determines (among other things) the gender of the embryo. This method was developed to avoid the risk of transmitting serious genetic disorders. Australian regulations permit sex selection of embryos when these genetic disorders are associated with a particular gender. For example, couples may carry genes for muscular dystrophy or haemophilia, health conditions that generally affect males only. For these couples it is possible for them to have a female child though IVF and genetic testing.

Gender selection for non medical reasons, known as Family Balancing, is a topic of a much discussion. Currently Australian regulations do not allow for genetic testing and gender selection for Family Balancing.