The Pros and Cons of Gender Selection

If you’re thinking of having a baby, you have probably imagined whether you will have a boy or girl and the pros and cons of each.  Maybe you dream of your little Elliot or Ella and imagine how sweet it would be to have a little girl or boy at each stage of their lives.  You know what your child will look like and you can imagine their personality.  In fact, in all your imaginings, it never occurs to you that you may not wind up with the gender of child that you desire.  Statistics show something entirely different, though.  The truth is that you may very well wind up with a girl when you hoped for a boy.  The vast majority of people just accepts what they have been given and is grateful for a healthy, happy baby.  Others, however, have begun to take gender selection matters into their own hands.  Especially for couples with fertility problems, the idea of gender selection is one more base to cover when becoming pregnant.  The pros and cons of gender selection should be examined before choosing any method of gender selection when becoming pregnant.

Cons of gender selection

There are certain ethics behind gender prediction and in fact, many people are against gender selection in general.  When a couple chooses gender selection as a way to fight potential genetic diseases that may be in their genes, the practice is more accepted, however, for many, gender selection runs the same line as cloning.  If your friends and family are against gender selection, it’s likely that you will have to deal with their mixed feelings.  Should you choose a process such as preimplantation genetic diagnosis, for instance, which is nearly 100% effective, friends and family may feel that you aren’t letting nature take its course.

Pros of gender selection

While it’s unlikely that anyone will fault you for going on a special diet to help you predict the gender of your child or reading a few gender selection articles, the idea of visiting a gender selection clinic may be too much for many people to handle.

This is why lots of people choose a natural form of gender prediction, such as the Shettles method, which has more to do with timing and positioning of intercourse and less to do with medicine of any kind.  In addition to this, many couples choose to consult a Chinese calendar for gender prediction.  These methods are often free or less costly than their more scientific counterparts and are easier to keep quiet than medical forms of gender prediction.

The pros and cons of gender selection receive a lot of attention. Many people are considering different forms of gender predictors and they have been for years.  Until recently, the only way to predict the gender of a child was to embrace natural gender selection methods, which were less likely to be frowned upon than newer methods such as Microsort and PGD.

If you run the risk of passing certain genetic diseases on to your child or children and you want your child to be healthy, then gender selection is a natural choice.  While the medical forms of gender selection can be a bit cost prohibitive, they can wind up saving families money, heartache and agony in the long run by eliminating gender specific genetic diseases and coming closer to guaranteeing a healthy child.