Gender Selection Pros and Cons
The topic of gender selection always seems to raise ethical
questions, and the pros and cons of a gender selection
pregnancy are not always easy to distinguish. For many,
the baby gender selection controversy is divided by natural
fertility vs medical conception selection techniques, but there
are some overall gender selection pros and cons that can be
applied to both methods.
Gender selection pros
Control of family size. Gender selection allows couples
to have the number of boys and girls they want in their family
without having to "try again." Statistically, most couples
want two children - one boy and one girl.
Getting the gender you desire, in the order you
want. Many couples have a preference related not only to
how many children of each gender they want, but also for the
order of boys and girls. Family balancing is a major reason
many people choose gender selection.
Extra time to prepare for the baby's arrival. If the
gender of the baby is known well in advance there is more time
to get everything ready.
Economical planning so that items needed can be
shared. If a couple wants to have children close together,
they may prefer having same gender children in this
manner. This allows for many more shared items including
hand me down clothes and toys.
The power of being able to choose. Many couples that have
had gender selection pregnancies enjoy the fact that they can
choose the sex of their baby. This can be for a variety of
reasons including avoidance of passing on a gender specific
disease, feeling that they are better suited to raise a certain
gender, or just mere preference.
A special decision that is made by you and your
spouse. Many couples find strength in making major life
decisions together - What car to purchase, where to live, what
house to buy. And the decision to have children, which can be
taken a step further with gender
Gender selection cons
Takes part of the natural process of having children
away. This is an ethical issue that is commonly raised by
gender selection. Choosing the sex of your child
interferes with nature and the natural selection
High cost. While the natural gender selection methods
are mostly free, the medical techniques are very expensive and
can cost as much as $20,000.
No guarantees. Taking the high cost into consideration,
couples may not even get the gender they hoped for because no
procedure has a 100% accuracy rate. If this happens, it can
lead to great feelings of disappointment.
Other family and friends may disapprove. This is
related to the ethics of gender selection.
The element of surprise is gone. When a baby's gender is not
chosen, there is a special feeling of excitement that a couple
gets when they find out.
The decision may cause regret in the future. Years after a
couple has their child of chosen gender, certain instances may
make them question if they should have chosen
differently. If there is no choice made and the child is
conceived naturally, there cannot be any regrets.
These gender selection pros and cons can be applied to
selecting the sex of your baby through any of the methods.
However, when it comes to specific gender selection methods,
there are also very individualized pros and cons. This includes
gender selection via PGD, microsort, Shettles method, and
selection pros and cons
Microsort pros and cons
Shettles method pros and cons
Natural ovulation pros and cons
Family balancing pros and cons