- Fertility & Reproductive Systems
How to Influence the Gender of Your Baby
Gender Prediction and Chromosomes
Is it possible to sway the chances of having a boy or having a girl? There are some facts that are indisputable. While researchers used to say the boy sperm (Y) swim faster, this has been proven to be untrue. The female egg is approximately 1 percent larger than the male.Their shape is very similar. Each sperm has a full 22 chromosomes, with each having the 23rd, which is the X or Y. Sperm can live inside the woman’s body for three to five days. Woman produce only X eggs, while men produce X and Y sperm. Baby boys have the XY combination and girls have the XX combination. It only takes a few minutes to fertilize the one egg as an average of 100 million sperm are available.
Female Reproductive System
Ovulation for Gender Prediction
It is important to understand ovulation if you want to affect the chances of having a girl or boy. Every girl is born with millions of immature eggs. When an egg is released from the ovary and pushed into the fallopian tube then it is ready for fertilization. The egg only lives for 12-24 hours after leaving the ovary. Usually only one egg is released at a time. Some women can feel a light discomfort when an egg is released.
Many women track ovulation in order to increase the likelihood of getting pregnant. There are many theories as to whether you can influence the sex of your baby by choosing when to have sex. There is a well-known method known as the Shettles Method that states to have a boy you would time sex to occur at the peak of ovulation. The theory is based on the belief that Y sperm swim faster, which has been proven untrue. It is also based on the fact that the pH of the cervix drops, therefore, being more acidic. The theory suggests avoiding sex four to five days prior to ovulation. It further states that men should avoid jockey shorts and hot showers just prior to sex as the heat may kill the male sperm. The ovulation cycle is tracked by charting the woman’s daily temperature, which is lower before ovulation and higher after.
This is useful information if you want to conceive but is not particularly helpful as to the sex of the baby. Some also state positions makes a difference, but that is also based on the notion that male sperm swim faster.
Books About Choosing Sex
For the first time ever, you don’t need to simply hope that your next baby will be the daughter you always wanted or the son who balances your family.
Can Diet Help to Conceive a Girl or Boy?
Another belief is that diet can influence whether you will conceive a boy or girl. Researchers, in a study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 740, found an association between women who ate breakfast cereal and a potassium rich diet delivered more boys. Women who skipped breakfast and ate fewer calories had girls more often. They stressed that this information was not proof and diet does not sway the outcome of the sex of your baby.
Another method of attempting to influence the sex of the baby states that a woman should douche with water and vinegar to make the climate more hospitable for female babies. For a boy the douche should be water and baking soda. This is also unproven.
Having a Boy or Girl
Steven Ory, MD, state there is nothing you can do to influence the sex of your baby and the odds are 50-50. This certainly does not stop people from trying different methods.
M. Jericho, PhD disagrees and believes that adjusting the pH of the body can make a difference. He sells his advice online and suggests that if a woman wants a girl she should avoid salt and eat a lot of protein.
Gender Selection and Science (Pregnancy Health Guru)
I spent considerable time researching this topic and could not find a valid study that proved anything. The research did not cover in vitro fertilization treatments, which may be successful but it is difficult and expensive.
Certainly if someone is trying to conceive a baby, tracking their ovulation time is helpful. It will also help for a woman to lay flat on the bed for at least 20 minutes with her hips elevated following sex. As for swaying your chances of choosing the sex of your baby there are many opinions, but none proven. If you have been successful using a method of choosing the sex of your child, please share it in your comments as I am sure everyone would like to know.
Choosing the Sex of Your Baby
Have you tried any methods to help you have a specific sex of your baby?
© 2012 Pamela Oglesby