How to Get Pregnant… If You Want to Have a Girl
Wondering how to get pregnant and conceive a girl? From the simple to the serious and everything in between, here's a guide to improving your chances of conceiving a girl.
Time It Right
Have sex two and a half to three days before ovulation so the egg is more apt to be fertilized with the slower, female sperm.
According to the Shettles Method, which was developed in the 1960s, the male sperm are faster than the female sperm, but female sperm is more fragile and prefers an acidic environment.
Back to Safe Sex
Once you’ve had sex two and a half to three days before ovulation, don’t have anymore sex that’s unprotected. Think cuddle time, or at least break out the condoms. No unprotected sex until two days after ovulation.
Don't Go Deep
This may take some coordination on your man’s part, but penetration should be shallow with the sperm deposited close to the entrance of the vagina,which is more acidic—a condition that supposedly inhibits male sperm.
It may not sound sexy in the moment, but remember: the entrance of the vagina is more acidic—a condition that supposedly inhibits male sperm.
Skip the Orgasm (Just for Now!)
Bummer alert ahead: refrain from having an orgasm, ladies. An orgasm makes the vagina more alkaline and causes contractions to speed up the movement of the sperm, both of which favor the male sperm. Make sure you get an IOU from your man.
Face Each Other
Have sex face to face. Missionary all the way or with the woman on top. Have fun!
Say No to Lubricant
Avoid artificial lubricants during sex. However, egg whites, believe it or not, are a good option for a natural lubricant. If you’re into that kind of thing.
Eat Your Veggies
Of course you should focus on healthy foods, especially fish and veggies, but you also get to indulge your sweet tooth! Focus on eating sweets and calcium-rich foods when you’re hoping for a little Miss. Yup, we’re talking chocolate.
Watch the Moon
OK, this one might be a little wacky for some, but if you’re more of the mystical type, try this: If you want a girl, folklore has it that couples should have sex when there’s a full moon in the sky. Time to get your howl on!
Check the Chinese Calendar
Confer with the Chinese Lunar Calendar. According this ancient calendar, by cross-referencing the month a child was conceived with the age of the mother at conception, it is believed that you can determine the birth of your unborn child. Put it to the test!
Come Here, Big Boy
Your man is going to love this one: If you want a girl, folklore says the woman needs to seduce the man. So put on that sexy teddie, break out the chocolate-covered strawberries, think pink (another old wives’ tale said to help produce a girl), and put a big smile on his face. You go, girl.
Sort That Sperm
Moving away from those “homey” methods, if you’ve gotten to the point where you want to go the high-tech route, there is the option of sperm sorting.
The least expensive of the high-tech methods is called MicroSort Sperm Sorting, which has a success rate of 91 percent for a girl and 76 percent for a boy. This method sorts sperm with a technique called “flow cytometry,” which is based on the fact that the X chromosome is larger than the Y chromosome and can be separated by gravity.
So, while the resultant sample will not have 100 percent X sperm, the percentage will be higher than nature’s 50/50 mix, thus increasing the chances of conceiving a girl.
Want a guarantee that you’ll be painting the nursery pink? There is a procedure called Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) which can be used with IVF in collaboration with a reproductive endocrinologist. With PGD, eggs are collected from the mother and fertilized with the father’s sperm. The embryos are incubated for three days and then one cell is removed for testing. This one, tiny cell contains the entire DNA sequence necessary to identify gender as well as disease. Once an appropriate female embryo is chosen, or more than one if available and indicated, it is implanted in the uterus of the mother.
For any of these medical options, please discuss with your health practitioner.
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