Australian researchers in a recently conducted study have reached the conclusion that different types of infertility treatments have different types of influences on the gender of a baby. The study while presenting an example showed that an IVF treatment increased the chances of delivering a boy to 56.1%. While, in another treatment the chances of conceiving a boy were 48.7%.
Researchers at the University of NSW stated that the difference in the parameters was too less for people to have a child of preferred gender. Though, such knowledge could result in dire long term consequences if observed across the majority of the population in the world.
The obstetrics journal BjOG published the study that was conducted on 13,368 babies born through single-embryo-transfer procedures. The procedures researched in the study took place between the years 2002-2006 and were conducted in Australia and New Zealand.
The authors of the study further stated that there were only two factors that affected the gender of the baby, which were namely, the type of procedure of IVF used and the time length for which the fertilized egg was left to develop prior to being planted into the mother’s womb.
Jishan Dean, the lead author of the study while commenting on the finding, stated that the increase in the chances of the birth of boys could lead to an epidemic situation. He said that if the number of boys were more than the girls, then men would face a lot of trouble in finding a wife in future.