Gender selection is illegal in Portugal. Whilst it is technically possible to choose a child’s gender using pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, Portuguese law prohibits selecting a baby’s sex.
In most European countries gender selection is not legal.
For those of you who don’t know what gender selection is, it is a medical technique used by prospective parents who wish to choose the sex of their offspring. Gender selection is performed through sperm separation or genetic testing. The embryos with the desired sex are then implanted into the woman’s uterus.
How does gender selection work?
There are two steps that are needed for successful gender selection.
The first step is sperm micro-sorting, which is a technique that selects or sorts the spermatozoa based on the sex of the sperm. Tree of Life uses Microsort Gender Selection Technology to help enhance your chances that the egg is fertilized with the right chromosome for the gender you desire.
Secondly, gender selection is also dependent on embryo testing (also known as preimplantation genetic diagnosis), so that the embryo with the desired sex is picked for implantation into the uterus.
What are the pros of gender selection?
Gender selection can prevent serious genetic diseases and chromosomal disorders that are gender-specific.
It can improve the chances of a successful conception by screening for the strongest, healthiest sperm.
What are the cons of gender selection?
Some of the cons of gender selection are as below:
- Possible destruction of embryos
- Societal imbalance
- Gender devaluation
- Adult onset diseases
Is gender selection safe?
There has been no proven risk of birth defects with any of the procedures involved with gender selection. In fact, due to genetic embryo testing, the possibility of a birth defect is lower with IVF than with natural conception.
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