As a parent, it is natural to wish that the child to be born is healthy and well; yet it also cannot be doubted that you sometimes wish that the gender of the baby is actually what you hope for. Relying simply on the natural course of conception will most likely not grant your wish. It is not impossible, however, to choose your child's gender. There are advanced scientific methods that are actually administered in fertility clinics or hospitals that parents can decide to use for their baby's gender selection.
Methods for accurately selecting gender of a baby usually involve a lot of money, about thousand dollars. These methods are invasive and may also require use of certain drugs that can cause adverse effects. There are also eligibility requirements to pass and meet. Most high-tech methods for gender selection are drawn from either artificial insemination (AI) or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
PGD or Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis. It is an IVF method where the embryo is made out of the womb. The embryo is also tested for gender and any genetic disorder. The technique was introduced in 1989 and was originally used to help couples with genetic disorders to ensure that their child will not have the same genetic problems. Today, some fertility clinics offer PGD for gender selection. This technique offers 100% effectiveness.
Microsort. This dye technique aims to separate sperm cells the produce a girl embryo from those that produce boy embryos. Sperm producing a parent's desired gender is then inserted to the uterus directly through AI. The method is said to be 90% effective when selecting girl babies and 74% effective when choosing boy babies.
Ericsson. This technique is somehow similar to Microsort where sperms producing girls are separated from sperms producing boys through the cell's speed in swimming. Boy-producing sperms are said to swim faster than girl-producing sperm. AI is also used to introduce the sperm cell into the uterus. The efficiency of this method is 78-85% for boys and 73-75% for girls.
Whelan Method. This method uses perfect timing of intercourse on certain days of the woman's menstruation cycle. The technique has 68% efficiency for boys and 56% efficiency for girls, yet experts dispute this rate of success from Whelan method.
Sex selection kits. These are kits used at home and is based on Shettles theory. Individual boys and girls kit is inclusive of a thermometer, sticks for ovulation prediction, herbal extracts, and vitamins as well as douches. Claimed success rate of this method is 96%.
There are also diets and supplements that are known to be useful in gender selection. Preconception diet is one theory involving the alteration of the body's pH level through dieting. It is claimed that the polarity of the egg will be influenced this way. If you wish for a baby boy, the diet should be high in sodium and potassium; for a baby girl, the diet must be high in magnesium and calcium. Astrology method utilizes the date of birth of the mother. Chinese calendar is also another method believed by some to be effective in choosing gender of a baby.