The methods of gender selection, that is to say, those that help a couple to have an offspring of a desired sex, fall into two major categories:
- the natural strategies, according to which the baby is conceived in the natural manner, or, more precisely, during a sexual intercourse between the future parents, in the comfort of their home or wherever they like, without the intervention of anyone else and without the use of any sophisticated appliances;
- the scientific methods, according to which the fetus is conceived in an unnatural manner; to be more precise, the women get pregnant with a girl or a boy without any sexual activity, because the embryos are created in special laboratories, from the reproductive material collected from the future parents, the woman and the man, and then the best embryos are implanted in the future mother’s uterus in special clinics by some doctors.
Since I talk in this little article about the gender selection methods in the second class, the scientific techniques, I think it is best to begin by pointing out the basic characteristics of these strategies and also what sets them apart from the natural ones. Let’s start with the advantages of the “laboratory” methods:
- they are more effective than the natural ones, as their success rates are higher than the ones of the natural strategies; moreover, a scientific technique, PGD with IVF, is the sole sex selection method that has an accuracy rate of 100%, only if there are no errors;
- they are supported by most scientists, unlike the natural techniques, which are questioned by the great majority of scientists and researchers;
- only the scientific methods are scientifically or clinically proven; the others are demonstrated only empirically.
Let’s move on now to the disadvantages of these scientific ways of conceiving a baby girl or boy:
- they are much more expensive than the natural ones, since they are very sophisticated, they use some of the greatest discoveries in the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry and technology, and they involve not only high-tech equipment and appliances, but also the services of several highly-trained medical workers;
- they are very embarrassing, as they use a surgical transvaginal technique for retrieving eggs from the future mother and they implant the laboratory-created embryos in the woman’s womb through artificial insemination.