How to Have a Boy
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.
- The Billings method
- A diet to help you conceive a boy
- The Shettles method
- Avoiding intercourse before ovulation
- Sperm spinning and genetic testing
On the whole, two or three fundamental realities for foundation.
Genuine or False: Male Sperm Swim Faster Than Female Sperm
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.
Genuine or False: Vaginal pH Is a Factor in Selecting for Gender
Genuine. The vagina is normally progressively acidic during the vast majority of the menstrual cycle. This helps murder hurtful microscopic organisms and counteracts disease.
Be that as it may, sperm need a more soluble condition to get by for something other than a couple of hours. The vagina’s pH normally moves to increasingly basic in the days paving the way 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).
1. Conceiving a Boy Using the Billings Method
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 strategy was appeared in an examination to help couples pre-select the sexual orientation of their infant when they planned intercourse dependent on the vaginal bodily fluid surface.
To utilize the Billings technique to imagine a kid, pursue these means:
- Check your mucus. Take notice of how your vaginal area feels throughout a menstrual cycle. When do you feel wetter, with more watery mucus? At the point when your vagina feels wetter and the bodily fluid has the surface of egg whites, ovulation is going to occur.
- Find your peak day. Your most fertile day is your “peak” day. This is the latest day that you will have ripe (i.e., egg white or watery) cervical liquid or a wet or dangerous vagina. Distinguish this day in your cycle.
- Have sex on or after your peak day. Avoid having intercourse before your peak day. Have intercourse on or after your peak day.
3. The Shettles Method
This strategy was created by Dr. Landrum Shettles and depends on the thought that male sperm are littler, lighter, and faster than their female partners. In the event that it was valid, this would imply that male sperm can achieve the egg more rapidly than female sperm. Female sperm, the hypothesis additionally holds, are greater and more grounded, so they can make due for longer timeframes yet they are likewise essentially slower.
- Try to have sex close to the time of ovulation.The window for considering a kid is from about24 hours preceding ovulation to close to 12 hours past ovulation.You should closely monitor your cycle using one or more methods of ovulation prediction. These methods are charting cervical mucus, charting basal body temperature (BBT), and/or using ovulation predictor kits (OPK).
- Use an ovulation predictor kit. If you have not been charting your cervical mucus or basal body temperature, then using an OPK may be easiest for you. Ovulation kits work by detecting when your luteinizing hormone (LH) levels increase. The LH levels surge about 12-48 hours prior to ovulation, so the optimal time to have intercourse would be about 12 hours after the LH surge.
- Go deep. You should try to have sex in positions that allow for maximum penetration. This will increase the chances of survival for male sperm on the way through the vaginal opening, where the environment is more acidic and less friendly to the male sperm.
- Get off! The window for considering a kid is from about24 hours preceding ovulation to close to 12 hours past ovulation.
2. A Diet to Help You Conceive a Boy
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.
- Eat alkaline foods. Some great ones are apricots, figs, cantaloupe, cherries, fresh lemons, spelled bread, lentils, avocado, royal jelly, pine nuts, almonds, carrots, orange juice, red radish, fresh red beets, alfalfa grass, barley grass, sprouted seeds, and tomato sauce, wheatgrass.
- Eat a good breakfast. Higher calorie diets that provide more energy have been shown to increase the odds of conceiving a boy.
- Eat more sodium and potassium. When used in combination with timing intercourse after ovulation, eating saltier and potassium-rich foods, but less calcium and magnesium may help with the chances of conceiving a boy.
- Increase potassium-rich foods. The best one is bananas!
- Reduce foods that are high in calcium. This includes dairy products and supplements.
4. Avoid Intercourse Before Ovulation
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.
5. “Sperm Spinning” and Pre-Implant Genetic Testing
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.
What Is Fertile Cervical Mucus?
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.
Cervical mucus changes through the menstrual cycle:
- Dry and sticky mucus: You are not ovulating.
- Creamy mucus: Ovulation is approaching. (Have sex now if you want a girl!)
- Wet and watery mucus: You will ovulate very soon.
- Stretchy, wet mucus: You are ovulating. (Have sex now if you want a boy!)
How to Use Your Basal Body Temperature to Detect Ovulation
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.
- Check your cervical mucus too for a more precise prediction.
- Use an ovulation predictor kit as well to be even more certain of whether you have ovulated.
Remember: To conceive a boy, have intercourse on the day you ovulate or after.
Symptoms of Being Pregnant With a Boy
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:
- Your morning sickness will be easier. Actually, morning sickness varies dramatically from one woman to another as well as between pregnancies.
- Your hair will be thicker and more luxurious. Hormones are very unpredictable and are operating in high-gear during pregnancy, but there is no scientific evidence that a woman’s hair changes while she is pregnant.
- You will crave salty, savory food. Cravings are related to the mother’s nutritional needs, not the baby’s gender.
- Heart rate under 140 = boy. There is no evidence to back up the idea that in-utero babies’ heart rates vary by gender.
What Are the Chances of Having 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.