Trying to conceive comes with its fair share of challenges. For couples who have a specific preference, things can get even more complicated! That being said, if you are hoping for a boy, there are some ways to improve your odds. Here are five ways to improve your chances of having a boy:
But first, a couple of basic facts for background.
False! Research from the 1960s claimed that male sperm (with XY chromosomes) and female sperm (with XX chromosomes) have some distinct characteristics, but more recent studies don’t show any significant difference between the two sperm types.
True. The vagina is naturally more acidic during most of the menstrual cycle. This helps kill harmful bacteria and prevents infection.
But sperm need a more alkaline environment to survive for more than just a few hours. The vagina’s pH naturally shifts to more alkaline in the days leading up to ovulation.
Male sperm thrive in a more alkaline environment, so the more alkaline your vaginal mucus is, the more likely you are to conceive a boy. Diet can help make the vagina more alkaline (see below).
This method involves becoming very familiar with the way your cervical mucus feels in the days leading up to ovulation and then after ovulation. While the mucus is generally dry and sticky during most of a woman’s menstrual cycle, it gradually changes as ovulation nears.
The method was shown in a study to help couples pre-select the gender of their baby when they timed intercourse based on vaginal mucus texture.
To use the Billings method to conceive a boy, follow these steps:
This method was developed by Dr. Landrum Shettles and is based on the notion that male sperm are smaller, lighter, and quicker than their female counterparts. If it were true, this would mean that male sperm can reach the egg more quickly than female sperm. Female sperm, the theory also holds, are bigger and stronger, so they can survive for longer periods of time but they are also significantly slower.
How to have a boy using the Shettles method:
Since male sperm prefer a more alkaline environment, it’s important to make sure you get plenty of the right foods in your diet when trying to conceive. Here are some suggested foods and other ideas.
If you really want a boy, minimize your chances of conceiving a girl by avoiding sex in the few days just prior to ovulation, or as soon as your fertile cervical mucus appears. (If you do, use some sort of birth control.) It is more likely you will conceive a girl if you have intercourse during that time.
The approach has been in practice since the 1970s. In a lab, sperm are placed on top of albumin, which gets gradually thicker toward the bottom. The sperm swim down into the solution and are then separated by faster and slower swimmers. Behind this method is the belief that female sperm swim slower than male sperm. So if a woman wants a boy the doctor will collect the fastest swimming sperm and use them to artificially inseminate her.
Some fertility doctors offer preimplantation genetic testing after an IVF procedure. This testing determines the chromosome content (sex) of the embryos before any are transferred to the mother’s uterus.
Cervical or vaginal mucus is the sticky stuff inside your vagina. Many methods to detect fertility involve determining the consistency of this mucus. Becoming familiar with the ways that it changes during your menstrual cycle will make it easier to know when you’re ovulating and have the best chance of conceiving a boy.
Your basal body temperature is simply your body temperature when you are at rest. By taking your temperature every day you can establish your own personal baseline. Not everyone is 98.6 degrees all the time!
The reason this is useful information is that your body temperature will rise slightly (at least four-tenths of a degree) the day after you ovulate. This means that if you happen to be 98.6 degrees in the days leading up to ovulation, your temperature will rise to 99 degrees on the day after you ovulate.
By keeping track of temperature for two cycles you should be able to predict when you will ovulate.
Remember: To conceive a boy, have intercourse on the day you ovulate or after.
There are many myths about what a woman will feel like when she is pregnant with a boy. But that’s all they are: myths. The only way to tell a growing baby’s sex is to take a blood test (at nine weeks) or to get an ultrasound (between 18 and 20 weeks.
Some of the myths about pregnancy with a boy:
Genetically, there is a 50% chance of having a boy and a 50% chance of having a girl. But there are actually slightly more boys born every year than girls. It’s unclear why this is the case, but some research theorizes that more female fetuses die during pregnancy than male. So your odds are slightly better than 50-50.
Most experts agree, however, that the gender of the child is completely random.
One thing to keep in mind: You are reducing the number of times you have intercourse when you try to select for one gender and not the other. Overall, this will reduce your odds of getting pregnant.
Here’s why. On average, the chances of getting pregnant each month are fairly low. Even healthy couples without any known fertility issues who are trying to conceive should remember that success may take time and effort. According to the American Pregnancy Association, a healthy couple who times intercourse properly only has a 25% chance of conceiving each month. If you are only having intercourse in a narrow window in order to increase your chances of having a boy, your odds of getting pregnant will be lower as a result.
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