Online course in Sex Determination Techniques

AREA: Gynecology, Assisted Reproduction




CENTER: IVIRMA Global Education

Start Date & End

20 theoretical




350 €


This course is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).Once course is completed you will be awarded with 20 ECMEC´s credits. More information in FAQ´s.

Intended for

Biomedical Professionals, Biotechnologists, Andrologists and Embryologists


This course focuses on the description of the basic concepts of molecular sex, genes involved in sex determination, and hormones involved in sexual differentiation. These definitions make it possible to describe a set of pathologies related to genetic or hormonal alterations that will give rise to potential patients of an assisted reproduction unit. We must understand the clinical expression, therapeutic alternatives and sexual alterations with a precise and concrete definition.

We will study the molecular foundations of sex selection and we will delve into technical procedures, advantages and introduction of sexing in bovines and threatened species. We will evaluate the clinical outcomes in humans and the clinical indications. We will learn alternative methods of sex selection and deeply analyze alterations in the sex ratio for biological, environmental or cultural reasons.


Important information:

The online course will be carried out through the e-learning platform: IVIRMA Campus. The student will receive a message with the access information and credentials 24/48 hours before the start of the course.

IVIRMA Campus can be accessed from Windows computers (7, 8 or 10) or Mac, using Chrome or Firefox in its last three versions. Access from mobile devices is not supported and does not ensure the correct operation of the course.

To successfully complete the training and obtain the corresponding certificate, the student must obtain a percentage greater than or equal to 70% of correct answers in the final evaluation. To do this, you will have two opportunities to take the exam.


Learning outcomes expected to be acquired by the student at the end of the course:

1. Describe the molecular and cellular basis of sex.

2. Identify the mechanisms of sexual determination and differentiation in humans, as well as the alterations associated with them.

3. Analyse the relevance and characteristics of alternative technology to pre-implantation diagnosis for sex selection.

4. Develop knowledge of sex selection in industrial applications, as well as its national and international economic importance.

5. Identify the alterations in the sex ratio and its social, medical and veterinary implications.


1. Importance of preconception and preimplantation sexing in animals

2. Analysis of the sperm DNA content: bases of the X/Y separation

3. Legislation on sex determination

4. Molecular and cellular bases of sex

5. Sex differentiation in mammals

6. Sex determination and differentiation in humans and associated alterations

7. Advantages of sexual reproduction

8. Clinical relevance of preconception and preimplantation sex selection in humans

9. Alternative sexing methods

10. Variations in the sex ratio. Effect of external factors

11. Sex Reassignment and Assisted Reproduction

12. Assisted Reproduction in patients with sexual disorders


Marcos Meseguer Escrivá

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