Are you wondering how to conceive a boy?
If so, you might be interested in finding out the various methods said to struck the odds in your favour, when it comes to conceiving a baby boy. Trying to conceive comes with its fair share of challenges.
That being said, if you are hoping for a boy, there are some ways to improve your odds. Here are five ways to improve your chances of having a boy:
- The Billings method
- A diet to help you conceive a boy
- The Shettles method
- Avoiding intercourse before ovulation
- Sperm spinning and genetic testing
1. Conceiving a Boy Using the Billings Method
This method involves becoming very familiar with the way your cervical mucus feels in the days leading up to ovulation and then after ovulation. While the mucus is generally dry and sticky during most of a woman’s menstrual cycle, it gradually changes as ovulation nears.
The method was shown in a study to help couples pre-select the gender of their baby when they timed intercourse based on mucus texture.
To use the Billings method to conceive a boy, follow these steps:
- Check your mucus. Take notice of how your va**nal area feels throughout a menstrual cycle. When do you feel wetter, with more watery mucus? When your vagina feels wetter and the mucus has the texture of egg whites, ovulation is about to happen.
- Find your peak day. Your most fertile day is your “peak” day. This is the last day that you will have fertile (i.e., egg white or watery) cervical fluid or a wet or slippery vaj. Identify this day in your cycle.
- Have bedminton on or after your peak day. Avoid having intercourse before your peak day. Have intercourse on or after your peak day.
2. A Diet to Help You Conceive a Boy
Since male sperm prefer a more alkaline environment, it’s important to make sure you get plenty of the right foods in your diet when trying to conceive. Here are some suggested foods and other ideas.
- Eat alkaline foods-Some great ones are apricots, figs, cantaloupe, cherries, fresh lemons,hulled wheat bread, lentils, avocado, royal jelly, pine nuts, almonds, carrots, orange juice, red radish, fresh red beets, alfalfa grass, barley grass, sprouted seeds, and tomato sauce, wheat grass.
- Eat a good breakfast-Higher calorie diets that provide more energy have been shown to increase the odds of conceiving a boy. Specifically, eating breakfast cereal appears to boost energy and boost the chances of having a boy.
- Eat more sodium and potassium-When used in combination with timing intercourse after ovulation, eating saltier and potassium-rich foods, but less calcium and magnesium may help with the chances of conceiving a boy.
- Increase potassium-rich foods-The best one is bananas! Be careful though, bananas are one of the worst fruits for carbohydrate content (meaning it will spike blood sugar levels). If you have diabetes, or want to avoid gestational diabetes, go easy on the fruit. Stick to berries instead.
- Reduce foods that are high in calcium-This includes dairy products and supplements.
3. The Shettles Method
This method was developed by Dr. Landrum Shettles and is based on the notion that male sperm are smaller, lighter, and quicker than their female counterparts. If it were true, this would mean that male sperm can reach the egg more quickly than female sperm. Female sperm, the theory also holds, are bigger and stronger, so they can survive for longer periods of time but they are also significantly slower.
How to have a boy using the Shettles method:
- Try to have bedminton close to the time of ovulation. The window for conceiving a boy is from about 24 hours prior to ovulation to no more than 12 hours past ovulation. You should closely monitor your cycle using one or more methods of ovulation prediction. These methods are charting cervical mucus, charting basal body temperature (BBT), and/or using ovulation predictor kits (OPK).
- Use an ovulation predictor kit. If you have not been charting your cervical mucus or basal body temperature, then using an OPK may be easiest for you. Ovulation kits work by detecting when your luteinizing hormone (LH) levels increase. The LH levels surge about 12-48 hours prior to ovulation, so the optimal time to have intercourse would be about 12 hours after the LH surge. As you get close to ovulation, do the OPK test two times a day to catch the surge as soon as it happens.
- Go deep. You should try to have it in positions that allow for maximum penetration. Some of the positions are; doggy style, standing up and straddling. This will increase the chances of survival for male sperm on the way through the vaj opening, where the environment is more acidic and less friendly to the male sperm.
- Get off! Another factor is a woman’s orgasm, which can affect the vaj PH. If the woman has an orgasm, it creates an alkaline environment in the vaj that is more favorable to boys.
4. Avoid Intercourse Before Ovulation
If you really want a boy, minimize your chances of conceiving a girl by avoiding bedminton in the few days just prior to ovulation, or as soon as your fertile cervical mucus appears. (If you do, use some sort of birth control.) It is more likely you will conceive a girl if you have intercourse during that time.
5. “Sperm Spinning” and Pre-Implant Genetic Testing
The approach has been in practice since the 1970s. In a lab, sperm are placed on top of albumin, which gets gradually thicker toward the bottom. The sperm swim down into the solution and are then separated by faster and slower swimmers. Behind this method is the belief that female sperm swim slower than male sperm. So if a woman wants a boy the doctor will collect the fastest swimming sperm and use them to artificially inseminate her.
Some fertility doctors offer pre-implantation genetic testing after an IVF procedure. This testing determines the chromosome content of the embryos before any are transferred to the mother’s uterus.