Posted by: Bella | 2009/03/14

i want a girl?????

hi i have 2 very special boys but i really want a girl and am too scared too try naturally in case its a 3rd boy. what are the chances of sperm washing and what are the risks involved?

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Dear Bella

The success of sperm separation by washing is extremely erratic and in principle will give you only a 60% chance. However, should you want a much more reliable option, then invitro-fertilisation with pre-genetic diagnosis of the embryos is certainly more accurate but also extremely expensive. You would have to go through a full invitro – fertilisation process and the embryos are individually tested for chromosomal integrity as well as the gender. The chances of successful pregnancy occurring are in the region of 40% but should such a pregnancy occur then the likely hood of the gender being what you require is near 100%.

Answered by: Dr M.I. Cassim

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