Couples in the UAE turn to In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatment for Family Balancing
More young couples in the UAE are turning to In-Vitro Fertilisation (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 IVF. Family Balancing through Assisted Reproductive Techniques has led many parents to complete their families, courtesy 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.
“Pre-implantation Genetic Testing (PGT-A) is opted by most couples undergoing IVF treatment. At most times, couples opt for PGT-A for medical reasons. Genetic diseases such as haemophilia 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. 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.” Said Prof. Dr. Human Fatemi, Subspecialist Reproductive Medicine & Reproductive Surgery and Medical Director, IVI Middle East Fertility Clinic.
According to Prof.Dr. Human 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.
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 fertility treatments that are honest, transparent and customised to their medical conditions coupled with the best clinical practices.