Wondering how to conceive a boy? Then you might be interested in finding out the ways that are said to stack the odds in your favour when it comes to the sex of your child. While there is no scientific evidence to prove that sex positions can influence the sex of your baby, various theories have been around for generations. While they may not really increase your chances of conceiving a boy, it can’t hurt to try.
Timing of intercourse:
The timing of when a couple has sex is thought to actually make a difference in helping to conceive with a boy. It is one of the strategies suggested in The Shettles Method, which claims that the chances of having a boy are boosted when conception occurs as close to ovulation as possible. Boy or Y sperm are not as resilient as the X or female sperm, and according to Shettles it may help to provide a bit of additional support in supporting the Y sperm to get to their destination and not have to compete any more than they absolutely have to. Of course, this all depends on the willingness of a couple to track the woman’s ovulation and be available to each other over those crucial fertile hours.
According to Shettles, if you want a boy then avoid having sex:
- A) no earlier than 24 hours before you are about to “ovulate”/conception/ovulation.
- B) not after 12 hours since you have ovulated.
Shettles also advises that if couples want to conceive with a boy:
1) Best positions: Deep penetrative sex is preferable. This helps to deposit the semen and sperm closest to the woman’s cervix so they are given the best opportunity to get to the egg in the fallopian tube. Twelve hours before ovulation is thought to maximize the chances of conceiving with a boy.
It also helps if the woman orgasms. This boosts the alkaline properties of the vagina which again, supports the sperm to do their work. Orgasm also causes uterine and vaginal contractions which help to push the sperm upwards where they need to go.
How do I know when I’ve ovulated?
Many women develop a distinctive pain on one side of their lower pelvis, which occurs mid-way through their monthly cycle.
Changes in the cervical mucous. Fertile mucous is clear, watery and stretchy – it appears similar to egg white. The cells change to encourage the smooth passage of sperm upwards through the cervix towards the fallopian tubes. Fertile mucous is also less acidic than non-fertile mucous and this environment favours the sperm rather than killing them off.
You could try using an ovulation testing kit.
These detect hormonal changes which occur at ovulation, particularly an increase in Luteinizing Hormone. But there is still some disagreement over their effectiveness. Kits cost anywhere between $25.00 – $40.00.
You may feel different. Women who have ovulated and are at their most fertile often experience and increase in their libido, they appear more attractive and are more relaxed.
An increase in your basal body temperature. This is the lowest temperature which is attained by your body during rest and sleep. Just before ovulation occurs there is a rise in the temperature by a couple of degrees. If you are trying to conceive a boy, then it can be useful to chart your basal body temperature for a few months so you know your peak times of fertility.
General tips to help conceive a boy:
Caffeine may help to give the Y laden sperm an additional boost. An energy drink, cup of coffee or even some chocolate before having sex won’t do any harm.
Suggest your partner change his underpants preference if he’s into the tighter briefs. Boxer shorts may look less glamorous but they don’t ‘hug’ the testicles close to the body and cause them to overheat. This in turn, can reduce the number of sperm which are produced and in turn, the likelihood of conceiving with a boy.
What about the food I’m eating?
It does seem that male sperm prefer an alkaline vaginal environment, which is where the correlation between diet and gender selection comes in. But whether or not eating a less acidic diet makes a difference is still open to debate. But it probably does no harm.
If you want to conceive a boy baby, then you may want to consider eating less of these types of foods:
1) Spicy foods which contain vinegar, citrus juices and fruits and tart/tangy flavours.
2) Avoid eating dairy foods such as milk, cheese, youghurt and ice-cream.
3) Eat more foods which contain potassium such as bananas, broccoli, potatoes, spinach and brussel sprouts.
Some researchers believe that taking a daily supplement of Evening Primrose Oil boosts the chances of conceiving a boy.
Try eating more of these foods:
1) Bread, avocado, almonds, sprouts and wheatgrass.
2) Pine nuts and cherries(Agbalumo).
May God grant you your desires.
By Dr. Oyabade Obolola Jerry