Choose your baby at your own convenience

Boy or girl? Now you can pick the sex of your baby in the privacy of your own home. Or so the Internet sellers of sex-selection kits would have you believe.

The latest fad in babymaking offers guaranteed, worry-free gender selection for just $199 plus shipping.

The phenomenon first gained attention when some U.S. fertility clinics began offering gender selection for non-medical reasons through costly medical procedures.

But it's been taken to a new level by purveyors of unproven home-use products, who are milking the increasing awareness about more legitimate sex selection methods and hoping to draw some of the potential customers, said University of Pennsylvania bioethicist Arthur Caplan.

The only two medical procedures that experts say are legitimate -- a method requiring in vitro fertilization and the experimental MicroSort sperm-sorting technique -- have raised ethical concerns about designer babies and gender bias, report

The kits include a thermometer to help predict ovulation, special douches and "gender specific" mineral and herbal pills. Sweazy said thousands of kits have been sold worldwide since the website started three years ago, and that business has tripled in the past year.

"We have some people who didn't get the gender that they chose," Sweazy said, "but virtually every one of them didn't do it right". Veronica Moister of Florida, said she's almost seven months pregnant with the girl she wanted thanks to GenSelect. She found their site while web surfing and was pretty doubtful at first.

But many doctors remain sceptical and say luck mostly explains such success stories, report

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