In Australia, if you want that outcome – or want to fall pregnant and choose a girl or a boy via IVF, you may have to travel as far as Los Angeles.
“We know that there are people who travel to the US for sex selection,” says Dr Devora Lieberman from Genea.
The Sydney-based fertility specialist says the trip could mean women are putting themselves at risk.
“The stimulating drugs that you take for the IVF process you could be at increased risk of a blood clot and you compound that with a long-haul flight to California and it could potentially be quite dangerous and it’s quite onerous,” she said.
Parents in Australia were able to select their baby’s gender via IVF until the Australian Health Ethics Committee ban in 2005. Their guidelines were said to be based on the interests of the child.
At the time, Dr Kerry Breen, from the Australian Health Ethics Committee, told the ABC: “We believe a child is entitled to come into this world without anyone deciding the sex ahead of time.”
Before then, fertility specialists Genea offered up to 150 cycles in sex selection a year for full paying patients.
“There was no Medicare or government funding of their treatment,” Dr Lieberman said.
“In Australia, in the UK and in the US – 60 per cent of couples who seek sex selection in the first world are looking for a girl,” she added.