Question: I would like to know if I can choose baby’s sex by IUI or IVF. What are the costs and when can I have an appointment. Thanks. Z.A. (UK)
Answer: It is not possible to choose the baby’s sex via IUI. Intrauterine insemination (IUI) does not differ that much from straight forward sexual intercourse. There is therefore a 50-50 chance of having a child of either sex as a result. As for IVF, yes, the technology to select an embryo or embryos of a particular sex does exist and it is technically possible to do so. However, that is not the issue. Assisted conception is strictly regulated in many parts of the world. Seeing as you are in the UK, you should know that in this country, such a practise is strictly prohibited. It is in absolutely exceptional circumstances that selection of embryos with a particular genetic make-up can be selected for implantation. Choosing embryos simply on the basis of gender preference is illegal.
Question: I was told when my son was born that they were very worried about me because my waters were discoloured and it was usually associated with gross abnormalities.He was apparently normal but has always had problems with his behaviour and physical development.Is this anything to do with discoloured waters? What caused them to be discoloured? What ‘complications' can there be in later life? B.W. (UK)
Question: i am pregnant 11wks i had an u/s and my doctor told me that my embryo has growth retardation BY 2WKS? What does it mean? What are possible causes? What should i do? Is obesity a cause? S. (Egypt)
Answer: It is quite possible your anxiety is misplaced and there is no real problem. When there is a discrepancy of this sort at such an early stage of pregnancy, the most likely explanation is that your dates are wrong or there is an error in the scan gestational age calculations. When you are significantly overweight and a scan is performed abdominally, such an error is quite possible. It is exceedingly unusual for growth restriction to manifest so early in pregnancy. I would expect a repeat scan in 2-3 weeks has been arranged to clear things up for you.
Question: I had a dating scan on Monday, i was told all is ok and normal. The baby looked as though it was bumping up and down like on a trampoline (or hiccups), is this normal? 2 days later, i had very mild vaginal bleed -light at first then dark - hardly noticable and dissapeared after a couple hrs, today nothing. i have not had any pain and feel ok. Is it something to worry about? C. (UK)
Question: What painkillers are safe to take in pregnancy? C. (Kuwait)
Question: I am 5 months pregnant and i have headache what medicine is best for me? Thanks. H. (Kenya)
Question: What type of tocolytic drugs are used to facilitate surfactant growth? Z.D. (Sudan)
Question: My child was diagnosed with haemoglobin AS. Can the child lead a normal life? M.O. (Kenya)