A few weeks ago I blogged about a Melbourne woman, who wanted a girl so desperately, she was willing to travel to Thailand to undergo a sex selection IVF procedure.
My good friend Lachy and I were playing hypotheticals in the comments section of that post.
Simply, Lachy has reservations of legalizing gender selection using IVF and I was for it.
An article on today’s smh.com.au website shows that laboratory techniques can affect the gender of the baby.
The article states, “Patients undergoing intracytoplasmic sperm insemination (ICSI), where one sperm is selected and injected into an egg, are significantly more likely to have girls, while freshly created embryos, as opposed to those frozen and thawed, are more likely to be male.”
“Michael Chapman, the director of IVF Australia and an author of the study, agreed, saying that only 3.5 per cent of babies were born using assisted reproduction and any gender changes would not have a huge social impact.”
So should this be a concern? Will IVF numbers ever increase to a point where gender imbalance will affect our society?
What today’s article shows is that there is still so much to learn when it comes to the science of IVF and social impact it can and already has had.
So where to from here?
One can only assume that procedures will continue to improve and success rates will improve. But are we going to become a nation of IVF babies? I doubt it.
Over recent years the argument that women should have babies earlier in life so they don’t rely on IVF have been ringing loudly in our ears with great effect. Australia has enjoyed a mini baby boom.
So the next question is, will Australia’s baby boom continue or will we resort back to having babies later in life, less of them and rely more heavily on medical science to see us through?