The gender selection of child is still considered to be a taboo in less advanced countries. However, there are many countries which practice gender selection, legally. There are numerous methods available for the selection of gender of an unborn, but each one of them has their individual advantages and disadvantages. There are several factors which lead to gender or sex selection. Some of them may be medicinal factors, individual choices, cultural requirements, etc. to name a few.
Gender Calendar is one of the techniques of predicting the gender of the unborn child.
There was a time when it was believed that the gender of a baby is dependent on the mother. But after some researches, it was confirmed that it is the father and not the mother who is responsible for the gender of the child. The male gametes comprise of two different types of chromosomes- one being the x-chromosome and the other being the y-chromosome. On the other hand, female egg cells comprise of only one type of chromosome- the x-chromosome. When the x-chromosome of the male combines with the x-chromosome of the female, a female child will be produced and when the y-chromosome of the male combines with the x- chromosome of the female, a male child will be produced. Thus, this proves that females do not play an active role with regards to the gender selection of the child.
A gender calendar plays a dual role in sex-determination- it predicts the gender of the child even when it is in the womb as well as approaches the same.
As far as the first factor is concerned, the mother’s age when she is pregnant is cross-referred after a month from conception.
Whereas, considering the second factor, an interim exists whenever the sex of the child is constant for at least a couple of months. To be sure of the prediction, one should first calculate and find out the conception date followed by considering the age of the mother when she has conceived. If any of these two are unknown, it is easy to find them out by subtracting the mother’s birth year and the year she has conceived. Once that has been found out, it is quite easy to predict the sex of the child by means of the gender calendar. One needs to cross-refer the age at which the mother has got pregnant along with the
Some facts related to gender selection
After many years of research, the French scientist Patrick Schoun was ready to characterize the specific times at which the ovum (egg) is ready to select the kind of sperms (X) or (Y) that it would make an infant with. Such particular times are unique, and thus, recalculation should be considered for each mother-to-be.
Although sex-determination is legal and acceptable in the United States, there are many countries where the practice is still not approved of. Even the clinics which practice such procedures in the United States have their terms and conditions regarding the same. But there are some instances where the determination of the sex of the child is not only a choice but a priority. Such causes are:
- In case any hereditary disorder of the unborn has been predicted by biological screening techniques, the strategy might be affirmed.
- In case the family wishes to decide the gender of their next child due to various reasons like poverty, financial status of the family, etc.