If there was some way to choose the gender of your baby before you conceived, short of in vitro fertilization (IVF), would you do it?
We have all heard the old wives' tales or crazy stories from friends or family on how they got pregnant with a boy. But, there is actual science behind how the gender of a baby is established at conception.
There are two different kinds of sperm. One kind carries an X chromosome and would create a baby girl if it fertilized an egg. The other carries a Y chromosome and would create a baby boy if it fertilized an egg.
We are going to focus on the sperm carrying a Y chromosome, which I will refer to as a male sperm.
Male sperm has distinctive differences from female sperm in terms of their motility or ability to swim.
- If male sperm were a runner, it would be a sprinter.
- Female sperm, on the other hand, would be an endurance runner.
Male sperm is faster but does not have the ability to travel long or far. These differences are part of what we can use to increase the chances of conceiving a boy.
To give the little boys a better chance at winning the race to the egg, they need to be closer to the finish line. By this, I mean having intercourse closer to ovulation.
This is due to the fact that they can get to the egg faster than the female sperm but only if the egg is present very soon after intercourse.
Chances are, if you abstain from intercourse until 24 hours before you ovulate to 12 hours after you ovulate, you will be more likely to have a boy.
To use this method, you need to know how to determine when you ovulate.
Because of the speed of the male sperm compared to that of the female sperm, deep penetration gives the male sperm the best chance at success.
Also, the same tip goes for general conception; don't get up right away after the deed is done. Stay lying down for a little while so the little guys can make their way to the egg.
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Male sperm thrives best in an alkaline environment versus an acidic environment. This is because sperm are naturally alkaline and male sperm have a hard time sustaining extreme environments.
One way to lower the pH of your body is by rinsing the area around 30 minutes before intercourse. The best solution to use in order to raise the alkalinity level is water and baking soda. Do not use a solution that contains any form of vinegar.
Eating foods that raise the pH can also help increase the chances of having a baby boy.
Foods to eat to conceive a boy include:
- Brown Rice
- Cayenne Peppers
Guaifenesin - Thins the cervical mucus.
Evening Primrose Oil - Improves the quality of cervical mucus.
Both guaifenesin and Evening Primrose Oil are said to improve chances of conception in general. This makes an even playing field for both male and female sperm.
Since the male sperm is said to be faster, this improves the chances of the male sperm even more.
Only take these supplements in the days leading up to ovulation. They will not be beneficial for conception during any other time during your cycle. Begin taking supplements when your period begins and stop after ovulation.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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Clarisa on March 02, 2020:
Please I really love this page. I have one male child and will love to have another again. I did not follow any procedure it just happened. What should I do
Aarti on September 21, 2019:
I don’t know u but read ur page
I have two girls
wish for one baby boy that look like dream
If u can suggest
Kelly Pearson on September 05, 2019:
Very helpful information
Shweta vagare on August 23, 2019:
Pls guide on conception of babay boy. I have a girl first and mybage is 33 yrs.
Michaela on June 19, 2019:
My dob is 5/4/1982.please I want to have boy
Hi i want ti have boy on May 22, 2019:
Realy with this oppunian can have a boy?
Aaliya amaan on March 28, 2019:
My date of birth is 30 September 1986 and i want a bby boy
Kelly on November 15, 2018:
I have 3 girls. I need a baby boy, my circle is 23day, please l need help
Thandie on October 16, 2018:
Hi i am pregnant for third time and first one is a girl second is a girl and the one i am carring a girl too how can i get a baby boy
judith on October 13, 2018:
I saw my period 28 of this month, please i want to know when i will ovulate so i can get pregnant
HarshithaDheeraj on October 07, 2018:
Hi this is HarshithaDheeraj In 1st pregnancy that is girl baby......
Now i am 2nd pregnancy and i want boy baby....
ABIODUN on September 11, 2018:
what are the supplement to use wen u need a baby boy?
how can i calculate my ovulation?
Chinyere on September 10, 2018:
My ovulation is on the 7th day is it good to have intercorse on that very day for a baby boy
Emmanuela emodi on September 09, 2018:
I dont my fertile periods
Sallymarkk on July 02, 2018:
Am trying to tract my ovulation day and am a 31day circle. Which I have to start checking from 14 - 15day of my circle. On the 14day I check but it was every last as at 7.45 pm. Do I need to check at that say time on the 15day?
Cecilia on March 22, 2018:
So what supplements and/or whatever else should the male (father) take to help with conception of a boy offspring??
Miss Brighton on February 11, 2018:
How can I get pregnant with a son please help me! I need your help
Mammu on November 18, 2017:
Plzz tell me anyone father eat alkaline food ya mother for a baby boy
marie boyden on January 27, 2017:
hi everyone i had been married since 3 and half years ago, since then i am trying to concieve. my age is 34 years now, my hormonal reports including FSH,LH,estrogen and thyriod function tests are normal, my diagnostic laproscopy is also normal and my husbands semen analysis is also normal. my serum prolactin levels are normal, but i have got breast tenderness and secretion after ovulation upto my periods. i have underwent three cycles of IUI without any success. now i am worried what to do? please give me possible reasons for this delay and what should be the future course of action. how can i have a baby for my husband that was my question. so a friend introduce me to this native iya basira so i contacted her, after using her herbs she sent, to my belieive i was tested pregnant, it was an amazing miracle. when i showed my husband the result i could see the joy in his eyes, thamk iya basira once again for your help, may the lord continue to bless you for the fertility help you are giving we women in need, this is her email contact, for you guys that need her help, she is a wonderful mother. email@example.com
reaves kendall on January 04, 2017:
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Anna A. on June 22, 2016:
There are lots of things couples can do that can lead to them conceiving a boy, and you've tackled almost all of them. Some of these are based on scientific studies, whereas the others are simply myths. For additional information, if you’re just curious or desperately want a specific gender for your future kid, you can check out pickbabygender.com/boy as I’ve never seen a more complete list of tips on how to go about ensuring you raise your chances of getting the baby boy that you want!
Smile on February 26, 2016:
We have been trying from past two months & I could not figure out when I am ovulating. The sticks I pee on never said that I am ovulating. Using clear blue ovulation kit. My cycle is normally of 24-25 days. We want to conceive a baby boy so I think getting to know when r u ovulating is very important. Please help!!!
I'd on March 18, 2015:
The information about sperm is outdated. It is based on a 1960s study done in Seattle which has, since, been proven incorrect. All sperm regardless of the chromosome, swim at the same rate of speed and live for the same duration of time.
Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on January 11, 2014:
I love it! We've been trying to get pregnant for a while now and desperately want a little baby boy. Granted, we would happily welcome a healthy baby into our home, we have been dreaming of a little boy.
I have taken notes and love the advice. Thank you!! I'll let you know how it goes!
Carly Sullens from St. Louis, Missouri on March 08, 2013:
This is so interesting. Great hub. Though my husband and I were ok with getting whatever came out.
Teresa Sanderson from Rural Midwest on March 06, 2013:
Great information for couples wanting to conceive a boy. I had no idea this type of research was out there! Rated up and useful!
Megan Garcia (author) from Florida on March 05, 2013:
Shockingly, my dad was the first on to introduce the concept to me. He had read it somewhere and told me that if he knew that, I would have been a boy! lol
Janet Giessl from Georgia country on March 05, 2013:
You've got a point there. If you want to have a boy then you need to know exactly when your ovulation is as you mentioned in your hub. My first child is a boy. I had a cycle of 28 days and I knew exactly the day of my ovulation. But with my daughter it was quite different. I had an irregular and a very long cycle. So it was difficult to determine when my ovulation was. That's very interesting!