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How to Influence the Gender of Your Baby

Updated on March 21, 2015

Who Determines the Sex of The Child?

The mother's ovule contains an x-chromosome while the sperm cell contains either a female x-chromosome or a male y-chromosome. The sex of the child depends on the sperm cell that fertilizes the ovule. Basically this means that the man determines the sex of the child.

There Is No Guarantee

There are various studies on how to determine the gender of your baby but none of the proposed methods give you a guarantee on how to determine your child's sex. According to a study by Dr. Shettles, however, the likelihood of conceiving a girl is between 70 and 75% while it lies between 75 and 80% if you wish to conceive a boy, provided that you follow the following recommendations.

1 The Time of Conception Influences Baby's Gender

The female sperm cells with an x-chromosome are bigger, stronger and slower. The male sperm cells with a y-chromosome are smaller, weaker and faster.der Geschlechtsverkehr. If you know the time you ovulate, you can influence your baby's gender.

If you wish to conceive a girl, sexual intercourse should take place about three days before ovulation, because the female sperm cells survive for longer. If you wish to conceive a boy, you should have sexual intercourse on the day of ovulation or shortly before or after, as the male sperm cells reach the ovule before the female ones. The days before ovulation, you should avoid having intercourse to increase the proportion of male sperm cells in the ejaculate.

2 The Impact of The pH Value of The Vaginal Flora

The ph value of the vaginal flora also plays a vital role when trying to influence the baby's gender. The more acidic the vaginal flora is, the more likely it is to conceive a girl. If the cervical mucus is made acidic, the male sperm cells are kiled. To make the vaginal flora acidic, you should eat food that is rich in magnesium and calcium as well as meat, fish, eggs, liver and yogurt or vegan food such as beans, corn, plums and coffee.

If you want to conceive a boy, you should avoid taking or lower your magnesium and calcium supplements and reduce dairy products as well. In turn, you should eat a lot of vegetables and fresh fruits. Bananas contain potassium which is favorable when wanting to conceive a boy. You should also eat alkalinising foods such as figs, cherries, lemons, lentils, avocados, pine nuts, almonds, carrots, red radish, red beets, alfalfa grass, barley grass, sprouted seeds and wheatgrass.

3 The Position During Intercourse

The position during sexual intercourse can also influence the gender of the baby. A deep penetration reduces the distance to the cervix which makes it easier for the male sperm cells to reach the cervix first, as they are faster. Thus, missionary position is recommended for conceiving a girl while a position from behind is better for conceiving a boy.

4 The Impact of Tight Underwear

Men should avoid wearing tight underwear if they plan on conceiving a boy as this increases the density of sperm cells from which the male sperm cells benefit.


5 Hot Bath Disadvantage for Male Sperm Cells

A hot bath puts the male sperm cells at a disadvantage and can be carried out by men who wish to conceive a girl with their partner.

6 Calory Intake

The number of calories you eat might influence the gender of the baby. Studies have shown that a higher calory intake by humans and various animals resulted in more males being born while women who ate less were more likely to deliver girls.


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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      This was an interesting read about determining the gender of your baby. Very insightful and thought out. Voted up!

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      Alex Gadd 2 years ago from Great Missenden

      A well researched and well thought out hub. I had no idea how what you do during and before conceiving can have an influence on whether the child is going to be a male or female.

      Great hub.

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      Jill Moore 3 years ago

      I had no preference for either gender when pregnant - I just wanted a baby! But, after the event, I could go back and see that the timing of intercourse was accurate in our case. (I was using fertility charting so was able to see retrospectively). I can see why all these things might work scientifically but I would definitely say timing is the key to gender selection. Great hub.