FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long does the process take from start to finish?
The process usually takes approximately 6 months from your initial consult with GSA until you see Dr Potter to fall pregnant, however some couples move through the steps as quickly as 2-3 months.
How does gender selection work?
Quite simply gender selection involves couples undergoing IVF which is the fertilisation of a woman’s eggs outside of the body. Once the embryos are created and tested the strongest, most viable embryo of the gender of your choice is transferred. You can read more about the specific process by reviewing our How it Works page.
What is PGD?
PGD is the process of screening embryos to determine the genetic make-up of each embryo. PGD screens for all 24 chromosomes and ensures that the embryos are chromosomally normal, as well as screening for a multitude of diseases. A list of screened diseases can be found on our How it Works page.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for gender selection?
As part of the pre-testing process Dr Potter will be able to give you a clear indication of your chances of success. He will generally give you a percentage rate and how many viable embryos of the gender of your choice to expect from your treatment.
How much does the treatment for IVF gender selection cost?
Dr Potter’s fee is $16,600 (USD) and you will receive a $1,000 discount as a GSA family. A comprehensive breakdown of our pricing can be found on our Pricing Package page.
Does GSA charge a fee?
Gender Selection Australia offers a completely free of charge service, to assist families seeing Dr Potter for gender selection to navigate their journey.
What are Dr Potters success rates?
Dr Potter has some of the highest success rates in the world year on year. His overall success rates are over 85%. More information about this can be found on our Success Rates page.
Planning and preparation in Australia
When should I undertake my pre-testing?
Pre-testing needs to be done within 6 months of seeing Dr Potter to fall pregnant.
Where do I get my pre-testing done?
You can get your pre-testing done with a GP or specialist. Gender Selection Australia can help you find local doctors that can assist you with the process.
How long is pre-testing valid for?
Pre-testing is valid for 6 months in general, however some tests are valid for 12 months.
When is pre-testing done?
Pre-testing is done at certain times in your cycle. Day 1 of your cycle is the first day you bleed, and your testing is done between days 2-4. Then a further test is done between days 6-10 of the cycle.
I am currently pregnant, when can I start the process and fall pregnant with my next baby?
You will need to wait until 6 months after the birth of your baby before you can commence pre-testing (providing you have ceased breast feeding). You can then see Dr Potter to fall pregnant as early as 9 months after the birth of your baby.
Can I breastfeed throughout the process?
Unfortunately, you would have to cease feeding before you can start the process. Once you have ceased feeding you would wait for 1 cycle and then on the following cycle you can do your pre-testing.
When do I commence my injections?
You will commence your stimulation injections approximately 20 days prior to your egg retrieval date. Dr Potter will provide you with a schedule which outlines all your medication, dosages and the timings.
Do I have to track my cycle?
Dr Potter overrides your natural cycle by the use of medication and the contraceptive pill. This means he can time your treatment precisely and you can select your egg retrieval date months in advance. This takes the pressure of tracking off you and makes the process much more seamless.
Can you recommend accommodation during my stay in Los Angeles?
GSA can assist you with recommended hotels and accommodation close to Dr Potters clinic. We have special rates that can be offered to our families.
The process in Los Angeles
How long do I have to be in Los Angeles for?
You are required in LA for 12 days in total. You will visit the clinic on Days 1, 3 and 9 on during your 12 day stay.
How long am I expectedto be at each visit to the clinic?
You can expect to be at the clinic for 1-3 hours for each visit.
Can I bring my children with me?
Dr Potters clinic is ‘Family Friendly’ so children are welcome. There is always a parent with your children so you don’t have to be worried about them being unsupervised.
What day are the embryos tested and transferred?
The embryos are biopsied on Day 5 and transferred on Day 6.
How many embryos are typically transferred?
Dr Potter recommends transferring 1 healthy embryo however you can transfer two, in consultation with Dr Potter.
Are genetic tests included as well as gender?
Yes, the genetic testing screens for all 24 chromosomes along with many other diseases. Please see our How it Works page for the full list of diseases screened.
Will Dr Potter undertake the treatment?
Yes, Dr Potter will look after you personally throughout the whole process and be there with you once you arrive in L.A along with his support team. You can find out more about Dr Potter on our About page.
Where is treatment undertaken?
Treatment is undertaken at the HRC Facility, 500 Superior Ave, Newport Beach.
After the Process
Is bed rest required after the treatment or can I continue with normal everyday activities?
Bed rest is required for 48 hours after the embryo transfer.
When will I have my pregnancy test?
You will have a pregnancy test 12 days after the embryo transfer. Dr Potter will provide orders so you can have this test done locally.
Do I need to take medication after the embryo transfer?
In most cases you will take some medication in the initial weeks to ensure the lining of your uterus is optimal for the embryo to take.
What if pregnancy is not achieved following the embryo transfer?
Whilst most of our families are successfully pregnant, sometimes a transfer does not result in a pregnancy. In these situations you can return to have one of your unused frozen embryos transferred. If you don’t have any, Dr Potter will consult with you regarding the best options for the future.
What happens once I am in Australia – do I still consult with Dr Potter?
Before you depart L.A Dr Potter will provide you with a number of blood tests and ultrasounds he requires in the first 6 weeks of your pregnancy. You will be monitored by Dr Potter during this period and at 6 weeks once your pregnancy is officially confirmed your relationship with Dr Potter will cease and you will be managed by a doctor locally.