We sit around a glass coffee table. The room is clean and modern, the furnishings are that chicken soup colour favoured by architects — and expensive private clinics. Which is just where they are heading. The Gunns want a baby girl. The couple seem slightly bemused. Not so much because they are travelling halfway round the world for a fantastically expensive and invasive treatment.
The million dollar question for many after finding out about a pregnancy: Am I having a boy or a girl? Some people love the suspense of not knowing the sex of their baby until the delivery. Of course, only a doctor can reliably determine the sex of a baby. So if you want to know the sex ahead of time, your doctor can use different tests at different stages of your pregnancy. Some of them carry significant risks. For most of the tests listed, finding out the sex is a secondary benefit while the test looks for other information.
So how and when can you find out the sex of the baby? Keep reading. The test analyzes a sample of your blood, looking at tiny fragments of fetal DNA that are released from the placenta into your bloodstream.
Sex selection is the attempt to control the sex of the offspring to achieve a desired sex. It can be accomplished in several ways, both pre- and post-implantation of an embryo , as well as at childbirth. It has been marketed under the title family balancing. According to the United Nations Population Fund , the reasons behind sex selection are due to three factors and provide an understanding for sex ratio imbalances as well as to project future trends.