Requirements

Requirements and Recommendations

MicroSort is available for couples who are looking to balance their families or prevent certain genetic diseases.

What are the requirements for family balancing?
Couples who want to use MicroSort to balance the genders of their children must:

  • Have at least one child
  • Sort for the underrepresented gender in the family
  • Be negative for HIV, and Hepatitis B surface antigen and C antibody

What are the requirements for couples at risk for X-linked disorders?
Couples who want to use MicroSort to reduce the probability of genetic disease transmission must:

  • Be a known carrier of an X-linked or X-limited disorder
  • Be negative for HIV, and Hepatitis B surface antigen and C antibody

MicroSort laboratories are not equipped to process infectious samples; therefore all patients must present negative testing results for the following:

  • HIV I and II
  • Hepatitis B and C*
  • VDRL

The mentioned testing can be performed in any certified lab as long as they were performed no more than six months prior to the date of the procedure.

The MicroSort procedure is a demanding process requiring a high number of motile sperm be provided for sorting so that sufficient viable sperm are sorted for use in assisted reproductive techniques. We strongly recommend you provide the results of a semen analysis performed as close as possible to the date of your procedure. These results will provide the semen characteristics that our staff can use to estimate the expected results and plan for any different measures that can be considered based on your semen analysis.

While semen analysis is not a requirement of MicroSort, if your procedure is canceled due to too few viable sperm, there will be a cancellation fee of 40% of the total cost of the procedure.

For best semen quality results, MicroSort recommends:

  • Abstinence for two or three days.
  • No alcohol consumption during that period.
  • No exposure to high temperatures, such as hot water, hot tubs, vapor rooms, etc.

*Patients that have received hepatitis vaccines should get the appropriate tests to avoid false positives.

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