Is it an urban myth or can how and when you have sex really determine if you will conceive a boy or a girl? Many women wishing to "order" up a boy or a girl are convinced that these tactics are more than just a wives tale.
Remember, that while this list may be somewhat based on scientific fact, our recommendations have compiled by a group of very active and hopeful girlfriends.
The most important concept is timing your monthly cycle because it is key in helping to plan the sex of your baby. Sperm is made up of X-chromosome (girl) and Y-chromosome (boy) sperm. When X-chromosome sperm fertilize an egg, it results in a girl baby, Y-chromosome sperm result in a boy baby. The "boy" sperm are fast and tend to get to the egg faster, however they also die much more quickly than "girl" sperm. The closer you have sex to your ovulation date, the better your chances of having a boy. If you have sex 2 ½ to 3 or more days before ovulation, the majority of "boy" sperm will be dead, leaving a higher percentage "girl" sperm available when the egg is released and increasing your chance of having a girl.
The pH of a woman's tract is also an important factor in planning for a boy or a girl. A more acidic environment favors girls. Shallow or missionary-position will favor a girl. Rear entry will favor a boy.
When trying for a girl
Have sex every day from day 1 to day 5, then stop three days before ovulation
The man should take a hot shower immediately before intercourse.
When woman will releases a substance at orgasm that will make the environment more alkaline, favoring boys. If you are trying for a girl, the experts recommend no orgasms!
When trying for a boy
Don't have sex for 3 – 4 days before you reach your target date (a day or two before ovulation)
Wear loose underwear, like boxers.
Drink a cup of caffeinated coffee right before sex.
For more scientific details about choosing the sex of your baby, the book "How To Choose The Sex Of Your Baby" by Dr. Shettles discusses charting cervical mucus, basal body temperature and using ovulation predictor kits.
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