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How to Conceive a Boy

When You Want to Have a Baby Boy

Is conceiving a boy possible if you follow natural and proven methods that increase your odds? While the scientific jury is still out on that one there are some methods that many couples say helped them have a baby boy. If you’re determined to try for a boy the following tips and advice may be just what you need.

Timing Intercourse for Conceiving a Boy

A technique known as the Shettles method  is based on the premise that male bearing sperm (which have a Y chromosome) are faster swimmers than female bearing sperm (which have an X chromosome). This means that you have to time intercourse as close as possible to the day you ovulate. This will increase the chances that these male bearing sperm will get to the egg faster than the female bearing sperm.

What You Eat Can Help You Conceive a Baby Boy

Much has been written about what you should eat if you want to have a boy.  “Prenatal Classroom: A Parent’s Guide for Teaching Your Baby in the Womb”, a book written by F. Rene Van de Carr and Marc Lehrer, states that you should start eating a certain diet about 3 months before you want to try getting pregnant. The authors suggest that eating a diet that is high in potassium and sodium is ideal for trying to conceive a boy. This includes foods such as apricots, peanut butter, mushrooms, and avocados. Another book, “Chasing the Gender Dream” by Jennifer Merrill encourages you to eat less magnesium and calcium than you usually do. This means eating as little dairy as possible. And still another book by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel, “What to Expect Before You’re Expecting”, believes that your odds of having a boy will be increased if you eat foods that are high energy. This includes foods that have a lot of nutritious calories in them such as energy bars and peanut butter. This diet also encourages you to eat a lot of cereal such as Cheerios. Choose the diet with which you’re most comfortable but remember to eat as healthy as possible.

Sexual Positions can Impact Whether or Not You Have a Boy

Yet another theory for increasing your chances of having a boy is modifying your sexual positions. Male bearing sperm seem to favor an environment that is less acidic. For this reason deeper penetration during sex seems to be more advantageous to conceiving a boy.  Since the vagina is more acidic near the entrance it would stand to reason that the closer the sperm is put to the egg the less distance it will have to travel through the acidic reproductive tract. This deeper penetration will give the male bearing sperm an advantage over the female bearing sperm. The best position for deep penetration is rear entry intercourse.

Want a Boy? Take the Cough Syrup

Many people claim that if you take some cough syrup a few hours before you have intercourse that you’re most likely to conceive with a boy. The reason behind this thinking is that the medicinal ingredients in cough syrup thin your cervical mucus much in the same way it also thins respiratory mucus. This thinning of the cervical mucus encourages a more favorable environment for your partner’s sperm particularly for the fast male bearing sperm.

Orgasms are Good for Conceiving a Boy

It’s believed that having an orgasm is good for conceiving a boy. After you have an orgasm the environment of your vagina becomes more alkaline, which is exactly what male bearing sperm prefer. As well, when you orgasm your body experiences subtle contractions which can help move your partner’s sperm along even faster into the cervix. This way there will be sperm available when the egg has been released for fertilization.

High Tech Gender Selection for a Boy

If you really want to have a boy and don’t want to take a chance on naturally conceiving one you can go the high tech route. Keep in mind that you’ll have to pay if you want science to help you conceive a male child. Sperm sorting is high tech method of ensuring that your egg is fertilized with male bearing sperm. Your partner’s sperm will be sorted in the lab to separate the male producing sperm from female producing sperm. The “boy” sperm is then inserted into your uterus when you’re ovulating using a procedure known as IUI (intrauterine insemination). Another scientific method that allows you to choose the gender of your child is PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis). This method is typically used for those couples who have been diagnosed as being carriers of a genetically linked disorder. This technique is performed in conjunction with IVF (in vitro fertilization). Your fertility specialist will take one of the cells from your fertilized eggs and determine what sex it is. Only those embryos that have been fertilized with male bearing sperm will be implanted in your uterus. This method of choosing your baby’s gender is still quite controversial as there really is no sound reason why the medical community should be helping you select gender.

A Bouncing Baby Boy?

Remember that using natural or scientific procedures to help you conceive a baby boy doesn’t mean that it’s going to happen. Once you’re pregnant with your new baby you’ll no doubt be happy and glowing and focused on having a healthy pregnancy.  So have fun doing what you can to have that boy you really want, but keep an open mind that a happy bouncing baby is what’s really going to matter!