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Gender/Sex Selection


Interest in choosing the sex of a child has a long history dating to ancient cultures. Methods have varied from special modes and timing of coitus to the practice of infanticide. Only recently have medical technologies made it possible to attempt sex selection of children before their conception or birth. 

Use of reproductive technology for sex selection for nonmedical reasons

Because these practices are ethically controversial, clinics are encouraged to develop and make available their policies on the provision of nonmedical sex selection, and to accommodate their employees' decisions about whether or not to participate in such treatment. Practitioners offering assisted reproductive services are under no ethical obligation to provide or refuse to provide nonmedically indicated methods of sex selection. This document replaces two documents previously published by the ASRM Ethics Committee, titled, ‘‘Sex selection and preimplantation genetic diagnosis’’ (Fertil Steril 2004;82:S245–8) and ‘‘Preconception gender selection for nonmedical reasons’’ (Fertil Steril 2004;82:S232–5).

Environmental versus genetic sex determination: a possible factor in dinosaur extinction?

This study examined the possibility that genetically based sex-determination mechanisms have evolved to ensure a balanced male/female ratio and that this temperature-independent checkpoint might have been unavailable to long-extinct reptiles, notably the dinosaurs. A review of the literature on molecular and phylogenetic relationships between modes of reproduction and sex determination in extant animals was conducted. Mammals, birds, all snakes and most lizards, amphibians, and some gonochoristic fish use specific sex-determining chromosomes or genes (genetic sex determination, GSD). Some reptiles, however, including all crocodilians studied to date, many turtle and tortoise species, and some lizards, use environmental or temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD). We show that various modes of GSD have evolved many times, independently in different orders. Animals using TSD would be at risk of rapid reproductive failure due to a skewed sex ratio favoring males in response to sustained environmental temperature change and favoring the selection of sex-determining genes. The disadvantage to the evolving male sex– determining chromosome, however, is its decay due to nonrecombination and the subsequent loss of spermatogenesis genes. Global temperature change can skew the sex ratio of TSD animals and might have played a significant role in the demise of long-extinct species, notably the dinosaurs, particularly if the temperature change resulted in a preponderance of males. Current global warming also represents a risk for extant TSD species.

Lab Portion of PGD

Have any new codes been introduced for the lab portion of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)?

Correct CPT Code for PGD

I am trying to identify the correct CPT code for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Could you help?


Our clinic is just starting to do PGD. We currently are flying in an embryologist from out of state to do this procedure for our patients. I have a patient who might have insurance benefits for PGD. Since we are not physically doing the procedure, but are flying in/out the embryologist who prepares the slides, then completes the procedure in his/her own lab, can we bill the insurance? For self-pay patients, we currently collect a one-lump fee, and out of that fee, we pay air fare, hotel, eating expenses, and the embryologist’s professional charges and laboratory charges. We haven’t had to deal with a patient and insurance for this type of service before.

PGD Performed Due to a Genetic Disorder

What would be the diagnosis code for PGD performed due to a genetic disorder (fragile x syndrome)? Would I use 628.8 for female infertility -- although this is really not correct?

Prenatal and Preimplantation Diagnosis: The Burden of Choice 1st ed. 2015 Edition

This book aims to expand the awareness and understanding of the emotional sequelae of prenatal/preimplantation diagnosis, prenatal decision-making, pregnancy interruption for fetal anomaly, multifetal reduction for high-order multifetal pregnancies and preimplantation choices involving the selection of embryos.

BRCA Positive Patients Fare Well Using IVF with PGD

At the Scientific Congress of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, several studies presented data on ART outcomes for BRCA positive patients. The news is positive. Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) allows for the transfer of only those embryos free of the mutation and success rates are comparable to the success rate achieved by patients without the mutation.

Why Does it Hurt When I Have Sex?

 Dyspareunia is the medical term for pain during sex.  Painful intercourse in women can occur for several reasons. 


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