Gender Selection Cyprus – Our goal at the leading fertility clinic in Nicosia is to understand your reproductive health needs so that we can develop the best individualized treatment plan for you, including your options for gender selection.
Are you looking for ways to balance your family? Do you want to choose the sex of your baby? If your desire is to have a boy, our gender selection services could be the right option for you. If your desire is to have a girl, gender selection in North Cyprus at EuroCARE IVF is an option.
Our goal at EuroCARE IVF is to understand your reproductive health needs so that we can develop the best individualized treatment plan for you.
We offer leading technology coupled with a personal commitment to each of our patients in order to produce the highest levels of patient satisfaction.
Gender Selection Types & Methods
Gender selection is a special procedure that allows parents to choose the sex of the baby.
Depending on the reasons, there are two types of gender selection:
- Medical gender selection designed to prevent a genetic disease such as muscular dystrophy, hemophilia, Fragile X syndrome, autism from being passed on to the offspring. Medical gender selection is also performed for psychological reasons, for example in cases when the parents lost a child and want a baby of the same sex or single mothers who may be more inclined to have a daughter.
- Non-medical gender selection is done when the parents intentionally, without any medical reason, choose the gender of their baby. This is also known as family balancing when parents choose the gender of their baby that is not represented in the family. Cultural background in countries where there is a preference for boys over girls also may play a role in such decisions.
Couples who are at increased risk of having aneuploidy embryos should consider using genetic testing at our EuroCARE IVF Center. Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) for aneuploidy is a powerful genetic test that may be performed on embryos during IVF treatment to choose the gender of your baby and to screen for numerical chromosomal abnormalities.
Upon request, EuroCARE IVF performs the swim-up method for gender selection — which is similar to Microsort technologies. Our expert embryologist uses this sperm sorting procedure method, which is nearly 60% accurate in sorting the sperm into male and female batches.
PGS Testing Procedure
Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) in Cyprus is a genetic test that examines the chromosomal composition of an embryo. PGS routinely screens the following 5 chromosomes in embryos that are created using IVF including chromosomes 13, 18, 21 as well as XX and XY. These chromosomes cause almost 90% of all genetic-linked disorders. Upon the patient’s request, we can also perform a detailed analysis to check if there are 46 chromosomes present within the embryo. PGS helps our EuroCARE IVF fertility doctor to rule out trisomy and monosomy disorders such as Down’s, Turner’s, Klinefelter’s, and Edward’s syndrome.
During PGS, one cell is removed from day-3 cleavage-stage embryos, which are then sent to our specialized lab for testing. Once the test results are ready, only chromosomally normal embryos of the desired sex are selected and transferred to the woman’s womb on day 5 of embryo development (blastocyst transfer).
PGS in Cyprus is 99.9% accurate in identifying chromosomal abnormalities and determining the sex of embryos. With this test, you can not only ensure higher chances of pregnancy but also a healthy child of a certain gender.
Who Needs PGS Testing?
The risk of producing embryos with chromosomal abnormalities increases as a woman gets older. An abnormal embryo cannot implant, may end in miscarriage, or may cause birth defects. Couples affected by severe male factor infertility are usually advised to have PGS testing. PGS can be also used by couples who have had a recurrent miscarriage or multiple failed IVF cycles.
IVF with PGS Testing Timeline
The treatment process of IVF using PGS involves the following steps (although the timeline may be subject to change depending on each patient’s individual situation):
Day 1 – First day of a patient’s menstrual cycle
Day 2 – Ovarian stimulation (hormone injections begin)
Day 6 – Monitoring (ultrasound scan)
*Day 9 – Fly to Cyprus
Day 10/11 – Ultrasound scan and hCG injection (when eggs are ready)
Day 13 – Egg & Sperm collection + ICSI Fertilization
Day 16 – Embryo biopsy (cell extraction for lab testing)
Day 19 or 20 – Embryo transfer (blastocyst transfer)
If you wish to come to Cyprus for the entire treatment, then you would need to be here on day 2 or 3 of your menstrual cycle and stay for approx. 18 to 20 days. You can have all the necessary tests and procedures carried out at our clinic in North Cyprus.
If you decide to undergo ovarian stimulation at home, then you need to come to Cyprus on day 9 and stay for approx. 10 to 11 days. The longer you stay here, the better because the doctor will have the chance to monitor you for a longer period of time.
Benefits of PGS Testing
The greatest benefit of PGS is ensuring that:
- Only the healthiest embryos are transferred to the patient’s uterus.
- Only embryos of the desired gender are used to achieve a pregnancy.
- Only embryos of high quality are frozen for future IVF cycles.
- Patients make well-informed decisions about their embryos before transfer.
- Selected embryos result in a successful pregnancy and a healthy child.
Swim Up Method Cyprus
At EuroCARE IVF, our Microfluidic Sperm Sorting Chip provides a better ALTERNATIVE to Microsort ® technology for sperm washing. This chip does not require pretreatment of the sperm sample. Sperm are sorted by the separation of healthy motile sperm with the best DNA and physiological quality from the other components present in the semen. By removing mucus and non-motile sperm, we improve significantly the chances of fertilization.
Unlike Microsort in North Cyprus, the sperm chip does not use centrifugation, and, therefore, does not compromise the quality of the sperm. The swim up method is a rapid and efficient procedure that eliminates the need for extended process times to get viable sperm with the best morphological characteristics. Another benefit of the swim-up method is that it eliminates the risk of transmitting certain diseases from the parent to the child.
The swim-up method is approx. 70% accurate in sorting the sperm into male and female batches. The sperm separation helps increase the chances of creating embryos of the desired gender in IVF procedures. Since no sperm sorting procedure alone is 100% accurate, here at EuroCARE, we always combine it with PGS biopsy, which is 99.9% accurate in identifying the gender before embryo transfer. This way, we will be sure that only embryos of the desired sex go to your womb.