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Influence the Gender of Your Baby

Updated on November 28, 2020
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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. Women produce only X eggs, while men produce X and Y sperm. Baby boys have the XY combination and girls just 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 slight 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 swims 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 make a difference, but that is also based on the notion that male sperm swims faster.

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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 the diet does not sway the outcome of the sex of your baby. However, 59 percent of the women who ate cereal about the same time each day had boys according to a study done in the UK of 740 women.

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, Ph.D. 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.

How To Choose The Gender Of Your Baby

In Summary

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 a woman to lay flat on the bed for at least 20 minutes with her hips elevated the following sex. As for swaying your chances of choosing the sex of your baby, there are many opinions, but none proved. 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?

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Tammy,

    Thank you so much for your comments.

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    Tammy Winters 

    10 months ago from Oregon

    Very nice hub... thanks for the valuable information.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    15 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi MG,

    I'm not sure there is a 100% way to actually choose the sex of your child. I do appreciate your comments.

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    MG Singh emge 

    15 months ago from Singapore

    This is an interesting hub about which I knew little. I have come across some Pirs who prescribe ritual for a son which I don't believe.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    15 months ago from Sunny Florida

    Hi Peggy,

    I imagine you are exactly right. I appreciate your comments, as always.

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    Peggy Woods 

    15 months ago from Houston, Texas

    That is interesting that most of the theories have been debunked. Some people will probably keep following them, in any case.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Deepika Arun, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

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    Deepika Arun 

    8 years ago from Chennai, India

    Interesting Hub! Voted Up and Interesting!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    torrilynn, I am glad you enjoyed the hub. Having children is a wonderful time of life. Thank you for your comments.

  • torrilynn profile image


    8 years ago

    Thank you for this hub. I really enjoyed reading. I can't wait to have kids in the near future. Nice. Voted up.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Eddy, You do have a lot of grandchildren. Isn't it grand? Thanks so much for your comments.

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    8 years ago from Wales

    Thank you so much for this wonderful hub Pamela.My eldest son and partner are expecting their 3rd child therefore my 12th grandchild .

    Thank you for an interesting hub and here's to so many more.

    Enjoy your weekend.


  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Susan, That's how it worked for me also. It just goes to show we are not in charge. Thanks for your comments.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Joseph, I think you are right. My study showed that there is not way to influence the sex of the baby that is reliable. I had 3 boys and decided that was enough. I didn't get a girl until she came in the form of a grand daughter. Some families just seem to have more boys or more girls. Thanks for your comments.

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    Susan Zutautas 

    8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    This was interesting to read. I wanted one girl and got 3 boys. My stepsister wanted a boy she got 2 girls. My stepbrother wanted a boy he got 2 girls. With any luck I'll get one granddaughter :)

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    Joseph De Cross 

    8 years ago from New York

    Interesting research Pam. I have 11 uncles and one aunt on my dad's side. The results? I never had a baby girl; all I have is boys. Even we lost one boy after a placenta abruption. Your study is laudable, but I think nature and God makes the final decision in the miraculous crafting of the human race.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Dexter, I agree that it is an intriguing thought but most of us settle for a normal, healthy baby. Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Dexter Yarbrough 

    8 years ago from United States

    Hi Pamela! I read this with great interest. I wanted daughters only and predicted it from the beginning. But being able to influence the gender of a baby is intriguing.

    Interesting hub! Thanks.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Dianna, I remember that swinging needle trick. It didn't work for me! Thanks so much for your comments.

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    Dianna Mendez 

    8 years ago

    Interesting read, Pamela. You have done a great job in researching this idea and presented the argument well. It's much more feasible than the the swinging needle trick.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    drbj, I have read that before but didn't come across those figures in my recent research. I appreciate your comments.

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    drbj and sherry 

    8 years ago from south Florida

    It's true, Pamela, that Mother Nature is in charge of an infant's gender but the percentage is slightly better than 50/50. In the U.S. and the United Kingdom the sex ratio of boys to girls is 105 boys born for every 100 girls. In Canada the sex ratio is 106 boys born for every 100 girls.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Sunshine, I think 50/50 is right. I wanted a boy first, then got 3, so no girls. I did get a granddaughter however and that has been great. Thanks for your comments.

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    Linda Bilyeu 

    8 years ago from Orlando, FL

    I've heard about trying to select the babys gender, I never tried it...I figured it's a 50/50 chance to have a boy or girl. The good news is I wanted two girls and I got them! I also wanted a granddaughter and I got one. Next week we find out what the next grandbaby will be. I'm ok with either, 50/50 :)

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Mary, Normal and healthy is by far the most important thing. I appreciate your comments.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Froggie, He certainly called the shots in my case and I agree with your view. Things have a way of working out just the way they are suppose to and that's good. Thanks for your comments.

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    Mary Hyatt 

    8 years ago from Florida

    I never cared about the sex of my children. I just wanted them to be normal and healthy.

    Interesting Hub. I voted it UP, etc.

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    The Frog Prince 

    8 years ago from Arlington, TX

    I think some things are better left up to our Creator. He seems to call the shots in the end.

    Informative Pamela and well written.

    The Frog

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    rcumple, "You can't fool Mother Nature:" says it all. Your daughter's experience is typical. Thank you for your comments.

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    8 years ago from Kentucky

    Very interesting hub. My daughter and her husband tried many different things to ensure they'd have a baby boy first. All failed and a girl was born. Two years later, they decided they'd let fate decide. Then, a boy was born. She still looks at me when we talk about it and says, "You can't fool Mother Nature." Very informative. Great Job!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    quildon, I believe in answered prayers and it sounds like yours were answered. Thanks so much for your comments.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Jools, I agree that a healthy baby is first. After 3 boys I figured there wouldn't be a girl, so it was time to stop! Thanks for your comments.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Billy, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments. I hope you have a good weekend too. I have to catch up on my reading hubs as I am just recovering from bronchitis.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Audry, A healthy baby is always the most important thing. Being a Grandmother is wonderful. Thanks for your comments.

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    Angela Joseph 

    8 years ago from Florida

    Most of these theories sound like old wives' tales too me, and as you rightly said, none of them have been proven, so let's just leave it to God to give us what He wants to give us. Or we can try prayer. I prayed to have a boy first and a girl second and they came in that order.

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    Jools Hogg 

    8 years ago from North-East UK

    Pamela, interesting hub. I had seen some of these theories before (douching with vinegar for example) and I had heard about those little boy sperm being like sprinters! I was never bothered about whether I had a girl or a boy as long as the baby was healthy. It is interesting to note that all of the things you have covered are not proven; people must have tried a lot of things.

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    Bill Holland 

    8 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Interesting stuff here Pamela. I have wondered about this in the past and it's nice to read the results of your research. Good job my friend and have a wonderful weekend.


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    Audrey Kirchner 

    8 years ago from Washington

    How interesting, Pamela--I don't think our daughter was aware of this before she got pregnant. I'm secretly hoping for a little girl but at this point, I'll settle for either and be happy as a lark. She just found out she has fibroids and has had some complications--so my prayer is just for a healthy baby by May 1st~ Great info though and will pass this on to her perhaps for next time!


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