More young couples in the UAE are turning to In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment not only to conceive but also for family balancing, according to experts at IVI Middle East Fertility Clinic.

Family Balancing is the term for gender selection done for the purpose of achieving a more balanced representation of both genders in a family. Couples have the choice to opt for Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) that can determine the gender of the embryo and additionally scan for genetic conditions present in an embryo, prior to implantation through In-Vitro Fertilization.

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Pre-implantation Genetic Testing

Family Balancing through Assisted Reproductive Techniques has led many parents to complete their families, courtesy of PGD, a technique that not only ensures that an implantation of a healthy embryo, but also gives parents a chance to have an optimum gender balance in the family.

Family Balancing is offered to clients, but only after a thoughtful conversation with the parents or parents-to-be about expectations for the child prior to the In-Vitro Fertilization.

– Prof. Dr. Human Fatemi

“Pre-implantation Genetic Testing (PGT-A) is opted by most couples undergoing In-Vitro Fertilization treatment. At most times, couples opt for PGT-A for medical reasons. Genetic diseases such as hemophilia or Duchenne muscular dystrophy could be fatal in boys, which make it a primary reason for couples opting to know the gender of the baby.

Family Balancing Via In-Vitro Fertilization treatment

“In addition, there are some couples who want to have a balanced family with equal boys and girls to ensure that the kids have siblings of the same gender. We can check for more than 200 different genetic disorders, plus distinguish the gender,” says Prof. Dr. Human Fatemi, Subspecialist Reproductive Medicine & Reproductive Surgery and Medical Director, IVI Middle East Fertility Clinic.

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Family Balancing Via In-Vitro Fertilization treatment

According to Prof. Dr. Fatemi, requests for boys versus girls tend to break down roughly 50/50, similar to natural conception, in which boys and girls have equal preference. At IVI Middle East Fertility Clinic, Family Balancing is offered to clients, but only after thoughtful conversation with the parents or parents-to-be about expectations for the child prior to the In-Vitro Fertilisation.

With an excellent team of over 1,000 doctors, IVI Fertility delivers a success rate of over 71 percent, among the highest in the Middle East. IVI Fertility has three clinics in the Middle East – Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Muscat, which strive to offer patients In-Vitro Fertilization treatments that are honest, transparent and customized to their medical conditions coupled with the best clinical practices.