Couples wishing to conceive a boy as a brother to an existing family of girls, might be advised to consider the Microsort Method. While no method of gender selection can guarantee 100% results, this method will give couples at least a 74% chance of conceiving a boy. The Microsort Method is available only through licensed clinics, so the couple will have to apply at one of them for the treatment. This is now in the clinical trial stage of development.
About The Microsort Method
The Microsort Method is based on the fact that sperm bearing the y chromosome, the male chromosome is actually lighter in weight than the sperm bearing the x, or female, chromosome. The y chromosome is quite a bit shorter than the x chromosome and contains less DNA. Using the Microsort Method, this difference in the amount of DNA can be measured and used to separate the male sperm from the female, giving couples a better chance of having a boy.
The sperm donated by the man will be separated by a cytometer and further refined by another process to provide a sperm sample that will consist predominantly of the desired y chromosome bearing sperm. Once this has been done, the woman can be impregnated by artificial insemination. As some couples may also be experiencing trouble conceiving at all, the refined sperm samples can also be used for in vitro fertilization. Another method, called intracytoplasmic sperm injection can also be used. This involves injecting a single male sperm cell into the egg, a process that is done in the laboratory. The fertilized egg will then be implanted in the woman’s uterus.
As the Microsort Method of gender selection is still in clinical trial, couples seeking this treatment to conceive a boy will have to meet certain criteria before they can be accepted. Assuming that the married couple is not carrying an x linked heredity disorder (which is another factor that will allow a couple to participate in the trials), a couple can ask for the Microsort Method to conceive a boy if they already have at least one girl. This program is to help couples have a boy without having to have multiple girls in the attempt. The couple must be healthy and not have HIV or Hepatitis B or C. The woman must also be 18 to 39 years old to participate in the clinical trials.
The couple applying for the Microsort Method should also be aware that there are fees involved with this process, not only from the center using Microsort, but from any additional laboratory work done by other concerns. The Microsort Method will allow couples to conceive a boy approximately 74% of the time. As with any gender selection method, the couple should be prepared to love any child born, regardless of the sex of the baby.