High Tech Gender Selection
Proven to give you the best odds of having the desired gender, but at a high price.
MicroSort and PGD for baby gender selection are clinically proven and acknowledged by experts to give you the best odds of conceiving the gender of your choice. There is no doubt that these methods really work.
However, to use of any of the "high tech" methods, you have to give up the idea of making a baby at home in bed, and instead get pregnant using Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), techniques usually used only as a last resort by infertile couples who can't have a baby any other way.
Getting pregnant by IUI (artificial insemination) or IVF (in vitro fertilization) is no easy task. It's such a stressful experience, with giddy highs when your dream seems almost within your grasp, and devastating lows when it seems all hope is lost, that it's called the "emotional roller coaster". It's enormously expensive and inconvenient, you'll almost certainly need to try several times, and there's no guarantee of successfully getting pregnant and delivering a baby. In fact, there's a good chance you can empty your savings and wind up with no baby to show for it.
But for many women -- including myself -- the high tech route has made a dream come true, because if you can manage to get pregnant, your odds are indeed very high of having the son or daughter you're hoping for.
MicroSort is a technique for separating X and Y sperm, with a success rate of 91% for a girl, and 76% for a boy. This is the only method proved to effectively sort X and Y sperm, and is available only in the US.
PGD is the only method which can guarantee the gender of your choice with virtually 100% accuracy, because embryos are tested for gender before being implanted in the mother's womb.
PGH, Preimplantation Genetic Haplotyping
PGH works the same way as PGD, except that the genetic testing technique is more advanced. This is a very new variation of PGD, with the first pregnancies announced in mid-2006. I do not see any reason for PGH to be used for gender selection rather than PGD; this technique should mainly be of value to parents who are carriers of rare genetic disorders.
The Ericsson method for sperm sorting is less expensive, and is widely available in the US in Europe.
However, it is not clinically proven to increase your chances of having the desired gender, and most experts dismiss this method as ineffective.
Any other sperm sorting or sperm separation method claimed to be used for gender selection falls into the "sperm spinning" category, and none have been proven effective.