You and me and baby makes three, or four in the case of the celeb super-star family headed up by Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner. But it's not enough for Ben, whom In Touch Weekly reports (via celebitchy.com) is suffering from "estrogen overload." And what an estrogen overload it is: not only does his household include a bombshell of a wife and adorable daughters Violet (3) and Seraphina (7 months), but also an on-again-off-again live-in mother-in-law. A lesser man might settle for a cat, but not Ben: desperate for a son to call his own, he and Jen are now apparently consulting fertility doctors to produce a male heir. Desperate To Have A Baby, We Tried Everything
While Ben's longing is completely understandable, to some it might seem that employing the kind of high-tech sex-selection techniques that fertility doctors offer might border on extreme. After all, what really would be going on here would involve invasive infertility treatments on Jen's part, coupled with heavy-duty fertility drugs that have been known to produce some rather nasty side effects. One well-known side effect of such fertility treatments can be multiple implantations à la Octomom and Jon & Kate + 8. This begs the question as to what the couple intends do with the extra embryos. Will they discard the femme-fated ones? What if Jen finds herself pregnant with several boys? Will they let all mature to full form, or selectively choose a keeper from among the lot? And if so, what would be the rubric? Would genetic testing be involved? Study: Clinics Overuse Fertility Technique
When you start asking questions, the whole situation gets a little Brave New World. Isn't there a more natural way to choose the sex of your baby? Perhaps so, as countless titles claim to do over at Amazon.com such as Guarantee the Sex of Your Baby: Choose a Girl or Boy Using Today's 99.9% Accurate Sex Selection Techniques, among others. Having once come across a similar book on the shelves of a devoutly Catholic family whose stair-step children nicely alternated boy girl boy girl boy girl boy, there may be truth in this. As once read one afternoon while babysitting, you can up the odds for a boy child or a girl child based upon what time of the month a couple has sex—closer to ovulation if you want a boy (boy-wired sperm swim faster), and further away if you want a girl (girl-wired sperm are bigger and slower).
Sure seems a little less risky.