The Difference Between The Ericsson Method and IVF

Is the Ericsson Method for you? Are you considering the gender selection process to help with family planning? Do you want to ensure the gender of your baby due to family medical history? Are you sure that you have all the facts? This process can seem complicated, you might feel overwhelmed. You’re not alone!

The Difference between the Ericsson Method and IVF

At Midwest Fertility & Gender Selection Center, we work hard to listen to each family’s individual needs and concerns. When you’re planning to have children, you’re probably doing a lot of research to be as informed of your options as possible. It’s important to our team at Midwest Fertility that you understand the difference between methods available, so you can pick the one that best suits your family and allows you to choose the gender of your baby.

The Ericsson Method

The Ericsson Method is a technique developed by Ronald Ericsson, Ph.D., of Gametrics, Ltd. in Montana. This technique has been used in many formats for over 30 years and involves sperm sorting by way of “Gradient Technique” – the sperm cells are separated from the seminal fluid by simple wash then go through the Ericsson Method gradient technique specific to gender requested, then washed again before the sample is inserted either IUI for a male child or ICI for a female.

Invitro Fertilization (IVF)

IVF is the process of fertilization by extracting eggs, retrieving a sperm sample, and then manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish. The embryos are then transferred to the uterus. IVF is often used to treat infertility in patients who have blocked or damaged fallopian tubes, or male factor infertility.

While there are many things these processes have in common, the procedures are still very different….

If you elect for IVF, conception happens outside the mother then is allowed to grow to form an embryo. The embryo is then tested for gender (if doing PGD) to allow for sex selection, then transferred back to the mother or in cases where specific gender is not achieved, certain decisions will need to be made. The embryos now have to either be destroyed, donated or frozen for future use. If embryo is transferred to mother, pregnancy is not guaranteed. Sometimes the body will spontaneously reject the embryo.

The Ericsson Method, although not 100% effective for gender or pregnancy, is the most natural way of achieving a specific gender while being non- invasive to the mother and having no negative side effects other than occasional mild cramping and is still better than the normal 50/50 that you get with natural intercourse.

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If you think the Ericsson Method is the right choice for your family, contact us today! Please call us if you need help with family balancing, or other reasons for choosing the gender of your baby. We want to help you!