How to Conceive a Boy: Three Methods that Just Might Work for You

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1:55 pm December 28, 2011

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If it’s a baby bundled up in blue is what you want, you can have it. Or so that’s what many people say. There is still no hard science to prove that couples can conceive a boy if they want to, but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that says there are ways to go around nature’s prescribed 50-50 chance of having a boy. Some of them are old wives’ tales and some are suggested by actual medical practitioners. The only thing similar among all of them is that a lot of people have sworn that these methods helped them conceive a boy. It wouldn’t help to try, wouldn’t it?

1.    The Shettles Method

Dr. Landrum B. Shettles, in his book How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby, explains how the proper timing of sexual intercourse can determine whether you’ll conceive a boy or a girl. Each sperm cell carries either the X or Y chromosome, which determines the sex of a baby. According to Dr. Shettles, since the Y chromosome cells – the boy-bearing cells – arefaster but aren’t as hardy as the girl-bearing X chromosome cells, the best time to conceive a boy is soon after the egg is released for fertilization. The rationale behind this is the Y chromosome cells don’t have to wait around longer for ovulation and can rush past the slower X chromosome cells to the egg cell.

2.    The Whelan Method

Dr. Elizabeth Whelan also published a book titled Boy or Girl? to refute Dr. Shettles’ claim regarding the best time to conceive a boy or a girl. The Whelan method is largely based on research done by Dr. Rodrigo Guerrero, a Colombian physician, who studied the conception timing of 1,300. Guerrero used the basal body temperature test to chart the women’s ovulation schedules and found out that if there was conception that took place right after ovulation, only 43.5 percent or less than half of the women were able to conceive a boy. Dr. Whelan thus concluded that the best time to conceive a boy is four to six days before ovulation and the best time to conceive a girl is immediately before or after the egg cell is released.

3.    Chinese Birth Chart

 Experts in traditional Chinese medicine believe that 700 years ago, a scroll that contained the secret of choosing the sex of your baby was discovered buried in a royal tomb in the Chinese capital of Beijing. This birth chart works by calculating the lunar birth month of the would-be mother, which will predict the best months to have sexual intercourse so that she can conceive a boy or a girl. TCM experts believe that if the chart is used properly, the predicted results become 90 percent accurate. Of course, skeptics will also take the other side and say that the accuracy is only 50 percent, which is similar to the natural 50-50 chances of having a baby boy or a baby girl. The original Chinese birth chart is now on display at the Institute of Science in Peking, but you can find easier-to-use versions on the Internet these days.

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