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Choosing the Sex of Your Child: Everything You Need to Know

Choosing the Sex of Your Child: Everything You Need to Know

As it stands, there are two proposed methods of determining the sex of an unborn child. One method suggests that trying certain sex positions (e.g. missionary position when trying for a female child) and abiding by a special diet can improve your chances of having a child of a specific gender. This method has no known scientific backing. Scientific gender selection has the backing of the medical reproductive community and here we explore how it works.

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1. What is sex selection?

The terms sex selection, gender selection, or family balancing are often used to refer to the process of using specialized lab testing to determine the sex of an embryo in its earliest stages.

2. How does sex selection work?

A couple trying to have a baby has a 50/50 chance of conceiving either a male or a female child. Knowing this, sex selection is made possible due to the presence of different chromosomal combinations in men and women. The male chromosome reads as XX, and the female chromosome reads as XY. To accurately select the sex of your future child, sperm containing the Y chromosome or an embryo containing the XY chromosome has to be accurately selected.

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Sex selection via IVF

Sex selection is complementary to in vitro fertilization (IVF). IVF is a fertility treatment that involves three steps, egg harvesting, egg fertilization, and transplanting. To begin IVF the treatment, a hormonal jab is self-administered by the patient around the stomach area three days into the beginning of a new menstrual cycle. The purpose of this hormonal treatment is to stimulate egg production. After about 36 hours, the eggs are retrieved from the patient (or an egg donor) and fertilized with either donor sperm or sperm from a partner in a lab.

After fertilization, the fertilized embryo undergoes incubation for about six days in an incubator whose conditions mimic a womb’s temperature. This stage involves two types of preimplantation genetic testing, namely, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and preimplantation genetic screening (PGS). For PGD testing, an embryologist examines the DNA of the fertilized egg to check for specific diseases e.g. cystic fibrosis, while PGS tests for chromosomal abnormalities. Once completed, the healthy embryo of the preferred sex is transplanted into the uterine cavity via a catheter.

Sex selection via IUI

Sexual intercourse only makes it possible for a small number of sperm to swim through a woman’s reproductive tract. To improve the probability of sperm reaching the fallopian tubes, artificial insemination by intrauterine insemination (IUI) is usually preferred. The higher the chances of sperm reaching the fallopian tube, the more likely fertilization will take place.

In IUI gender selection, a semen sample from either a sperm donor or partner is then taken through a washing technique where healthy sperm is then separated from the semen. Sperm washing, as this is sometimes referred to, also clears the semen sample of seminal plasma that could make it difficult for the patient to conceive. The sperm sample is then analyzed for its motility, morphology, and number. It is also at this stage that the desired sex is determined. When the patient is ovulating, the cleaned sperm sample is later inserted into the uterus through the cervix.

3. Who considers this option?

Sex selection can be elective or considered for medical reasons. This option suits the following:

  • Couples who have previously lost a child and would like/prefer to have another of the same sex
  • Couples who feel better equipped to parent a child of a specific sex
  • Patients who are unable to produce healthy embryos of their desired offspring due to advanced maternal age (35 and above), low egg supply, low sperm count, or poor sperm quality
  • Couples seeking to avoid gender-based genetic disorders e.g. muscular dystrophy passed through from the mother to her male offspring

Scientific gender selection is a reliable method used by established fertility clinics to determine the sex of your child. Consult a trusted fertility expert for more information.

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Top 5 Probiotics That Can Help You Lose Weight Effectively

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During the lockdown, many people have found their jeans have been growing tighter by the day. It could be the chips or the ice-cream, but it could also be the closed gyms and restricted movement. In truth, it’s a little bit of both. For some, add the burden of weight management during menopause, and it’s no wonder so many ladies are worried about their figure right now.

Even without this stressful situation ideal for giving into our cravings, the challenge to control your appetite and your eating can be too much to handle. Even if you do cut down on sugar and try to lower your caloric intake, you could still find yourself feeling hungry, bloated, and unhappy with your physique.

Enter: probiotics! The wonderful little microorganisms residing in your digestive tract are not just there for fun. They help keep your gut in check, elevate your energy levels, and they can help you lose weight when you combine them with other healthy lifestyle changes.

Focus on prebiotics first

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For starters, you should know that your probiotics that live in your digestive tract need sustenance. And their main source of nutrition are prebiotic-rich foods. These fiber-loaded goodies are ideal for your existing gut flora to thrive, and the sooner you start adding more healthy fiber to your diet, the easier it will be to keep yourself satiated and to alleviate any gut troubles you might have.

Prebiotics are found in your breakfast favorite, oatmeal, but also in greens such as asparagus, artichoke, and grains such as barley. Generally, fruits and veggies are rich in healthy fiber and vitamins and minerals, all of which are good for your gut.

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Now, there are foods that already contain probiotics, so you can boost their numbers in your digestive tract by adding them to your menu. Start with simple, fermented foods such as yogurt and kefir. They are filling, delicious, and packed with probiotics that can strengthen your immune system and protect your gut health. These foods are fermented with specific healthy strains such as Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium, both of which are great for your wellbeing and weight loss goals.

Supplements to the rescue

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During menopause, women tend to struggle with a wide array of unpleasant symptoms causing discomfort and stress. From hair loss, hot flashes, night sweats, all the way to weight gain caused by hormonal as well as lifestyle changes, ladies during menopause need to use every ally in their diet they can get, and probiotics should indeed come to the rescue.

As a matter of fact, probiotics menopause supplements are perfect for helping you balance your nutrition during this transition, and to help you shed those pesky pounds over time. Their multifaceted purpose that gives you relief from multiple menopause symptoms gives you all the more reason to include them in your diet. Reinforcing your meals with supplementation can be a true life-saver during this stage of your life.

Try sauerkraut and pickles

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Diversity in your menu can be a brilliant way to add more probiotics, but also more flavor to your meals. For example, sauerkraut is a delicious, rich side-dish perfect for meaty recipes, as it’s made of cabbage fermented in lactic acid bacteria. The fermentation process brings out a zesty flavor that perfectly balances various recipes, and it’s loaded with good bacteria for your gut.

Pickles, on the other hand, are a great way to spruce up your salads and freshen up your summer lunches, just make sure that the kind you purchase or make don’t contain any sugar.

Get cheesy

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Raw and unpasteurized are the two keywords to be on the lookout for, because raw cheese made of unpasteurized milk is the kind that’s rich in probiotics and ideal for your gut health. You’d typically use them as topping for pizza, such as cheddar or gouda, but these kinds of cheese are actually wonderful raw for your gut. What’s vital to keep in mind is that you need a trustworthy brand that makes sure the probiotics in the cheese are preserved.

Add to that, you should remember that some level of gas or bloating could be a consequence of consuming this sort of cheese, and probiotics in general. Start with smaller amounts to see how your own digestive tract reacts, and always focus on variety in your diet, rather than a single type of cheese or fermented food in general.

Your diet is the foundation of your overall health, resilience, and longevity. However, you also want to create a meal plan that makes you feel full and satisfied, eliminates cravings out of the equation, and slowly addresses your weight loss, in a healthy, controlled way. Let food heal your body one bite at a time, and enjoy these fermented and probiotic-rich goodies as your allies to ward off unwanted pounds.
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How to Buy Beauty Products Online Important Tips to Follow

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Shopping for beauty products can be a very therapeutic experience because you will love to explore the different brands and its products for purchasing the best beauty products for your needs. Instead of visiting a store, you have the option of buying the products online but for this you will need to find out how to buy beauty products online. This is especially important because the right tips will help you to get the best products based on your skin type so that you will enjoy a hassle free experience. The rise in the e-commerce websites has made it even easier for you to shop for the best beauty products as you can order anything for your requirements. But remember not to make the wrong selection of the products and be careful to select products that will suit your skin type and tone.

Ways to buy the best beauty products online includes-

Understand your skin type- you should never get tempted to buy skincare products online before knowing your skin type because you will end up selecting the wrong products for your skin. These products will create a lot of issues with your skin and therefore it is important that you carry on consultations with the dermatologist online before selecting the best products for your skin needs.

Buy from trustworthy websites- there are many websites that are selling fake cosmetics and are luring the customers with attractive deals on the products. You should always make purchase from trustworthy websites for making sure that you will buy only genuine products. The reviews of the website will give you an insight about the quality of beauty products that are being sold on the website.

Check for manufacturing dates- the beauty products purchase is filled with a lot of risks because any kind of mistake can cost you a lot with regards to your skin. Therefore, when buying the beauty products online, you will need to make sure that you check the manufacturing date of the products. The return policies of the website should also be taken into considerations when making your purchase so that you can check the return policies.

How-to-buy-beauty-products-online-important.jGet the best deals- there are many websites that offers special deals from time to time and you can enjoy these deals for saving a large amount of money for the purchase of beauty products.

Set shopping limits- online shopping might be a tempting way of buying beauty products on a frequent basis but you will need to make sure to set shopping limits. Therefore, you should set a monthly budget for ensuring that you don’t tend to overspend on the purchase of beauty products.

Read reviews- before moving ahead with the purchase of beauty products, you should always read the reviews of the products that you want to buy. You should also check the ingredients of the products for making sure that you are selecting the products wisely. You should also find out the pros and cons of the products carefully for ensuring that you are selecting the best products for your skincare.
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