Boy OR Girl?

While a child, irrespective of gender is a blessing either way, some couples are simply more inclined to having one gender over another. Increasing the chances of producing a boy over a girl or vice versa has been passed off by some as an urban myth. Other people swear by such gender selection methods especially Dr Shettles who has invented and developed The Shettles Method based on the theory that you can choose the gender of your baby.

Dr. Shettles theory is that a sperm already contains the sex chromosome, which predetermines the gender of your baby-to-be. According to his studies, male sperms are generally smaller, faster and weaker while female sperms are larger, stronger and slower. Based from this observation, the following are his recommendations that you must try out for choosing the gender of your baby. This section deals with these methods.

If you want a girl:

  • The woman must avoid having an orgasm.
  • Intercourse must be done in the missionary position.
  • You time your intercourse two to four days before ovulation. According to Dr. Shettles, the female sperm survives longer so engaging in intercourse outside of peak fertility period will increase the chances of conceiving a girl.
  • Engaging in intercourse when you are most acidic will kill off the weaker male sperm. Your vaginal PH level is most alkaline during ovulation so keep your intercourse sessions outside of this period.

If you want a boy:

  • Keep from engaging in intercourse four to five days before ovulation. On the first day of which, engage in sexual activity since the naturally faster male sperm will swim faster and reach egg first.
  • Sexual position is said to influence the probability of conceiving a boy. Aim for a deeper penetration into the vaginal walls to avoid the more acidic areas. This will also help in giving the male sperms a head start over the female sperms.
  • The woman must aim for an orgasm before or at the same time as her partner. The waves that result from which help the male sperm draw nearer to the egg, again allowing them a head start over the girls.

There are also ways to help tell the gender of your baby while pregnant ranging from the superstitious to the medical. The most guaranteed forms are in the form of an ultrasound test or genetic testing. An ultrasound is technically referred to as a fetal anatomy survey, a test that is conducted midpoint into your pregnancy to determine fetal anomalies and not necessarily only the sex of your baby. 18 – 22 weeks is the recommended time to get an ultrasound, the accuracy of which is dependent on the age of the baby, the equipment used the skill of the technician and the baby’s cooperation.

Genetic testing may be in the form of a Chorionic Villus Sampling, which is used primarily to test your baby for chromosomal disorders, or Amniocentesis, which determines if your baby has a chromosomal disorder or a fetal lung maturity. Both methods involve using a needle to gather a sample from the uterus and accuracy rates of which are very high.