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Family Balancing

Family balancing is the term used when a couple has one or more children of a particular sex and wants to “balance their family” with a child of the other sex.

Sex selection for family-balancing or simply for the strong desire to have a child of a particular sex is considered “ethical” in principle by The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the organization dedicated to the advancement of the art, science and practice of reproductive medicine.

The United States is one of the few countries in the world that permit elective gender selection or gender selection for family balancing. That is why many couples come from other countries to seek gender selection in the United States. Sex selection is offered at many fertility clinics — a 2006 survey by Johns Hopkins University found that 42 percent of fertility clinics offered gender selection with preimplantation genetic screening (PGS), and that number has continued to grow.

If you are interested in sex selection for non-medical reasons, Gender Selection Authority can help you research your options. Not every fertility clinic offers sex selection for non-medical reasons. Some may offer it only if there is another reason to do in vitro fertilization (IVF). Some may offer the procedure for family-balancing purposes, while others may offer the procedure for a family who does not have a child yet or does not have a child of the opposite sex.

Gender Selection Authority can help you find the right fertility clinic that meets your needs for gender selection.