The truth about conceiving a boy The truth about conceiving a boy
Is it actually possible to “sway” your baby’s gender and conceive a boy (or a girl) with special diets and timing when you have... The truth about conceiving a boy

Is it actually possible to “sway” your baby’s gender and conceive a boy (or a girl) with special diets and timing when you have sex?

Are you dreaming of having a daughter? Or would you do anything to have a boy? Well, if you’ve taken your desires to the Internet, you’ll know there’s no lack of enthusiastic advice to sway the odds of conceiving a boy or a girl. Time when you have sex! Change what you eat! Don’t orgasm! Be sure to orgasm!

Generally speaking, there’s about a 51 percent chance you’ll have a boy and 49 percent chance you’ll have a girl. But can the timing of when you have sex, how much you enjoy yourself or what you eat change these odds?

“There’s not a lot of scientific evidence that any of this works,” says naturopathic doctor Erica Nikiforuk. Her Toronto practice has a focus on fertility, and while many of her clients ask her about what they can eat or do to influence whether they will conceive a boy or a girl, she likes to redirect the conversation. “I like to encourage focusing on a healthy conception,” Nikiforuk says.

That means approaching any of the diets purported to influence gender with caution. For example, one theory suggests that sperm with an X chromosome, which would produce a girl, can survive better in times of stress. So if a woman wanted a girl she would try to mimic that by eating less protein and fewer calories overall. And while losing a bit of weight might help some women conceive in general, for others it could be detrimental to their health.

“We have to tailor your diet to what your baby needs,” says Nikiforuk. “You don’t want to go to a caloric deficit or a nutritional deficit. That’s not the way to start a healthy pregnancy.”

Another approach involves shifting the pH balance in your cervical mucus by changing your diet. For example, girls are said to prefer an acidic environment, so you would avoid salt, yeast, caffeine and many meats, but partake in milk, strawberries and garlic. But even if you could shift your pH—our bodies have a pretty strong internal control mechanism for it—there is no proof this would guarantee one sex.

So if you’re thinking of changing your diet to “sway” a gender, Nikiforuk suggests first talking to a doctor, naturopath or dietitian to find out if the changes you’re planning on making are a good idea for your body.

When it comes to timing intercourse, the theories conflict. The much-publicized Shettles method, named after in vitro pioneer Landrum B. Shettles, proposes that sperm carrying the Y chromosome (for a boy) are faster but more fragile. So if you want a boy, you should have sex close to ovulation so they’ll beat the X chromosomes to the egg, use a rear-entry position for deeper sperm deposit, and try to ensure the woman orgasms, which will help those Y-carrying sperm get there even faster.

“This has been refuted by several researchers since then,” says Alix Bacon, president of the Midwives Association of BC. “Yet my clients still ask me about it, and try it.” She adds, “No one is successful.”

Nikiforuk says she sees no harm in tracking ovulation and timing intercourse, but says parents shouldn’t get too hung up on having one gender over another. Particularly since other studies show that having sex close to ovulation might increase your changes of having a girl—the opposite of the Shettles method.

“I don’t like to raise my patients’ expectations,” she says. “What would be the emotional consequences, if a woman is timing intercourse and doing a diet, and she finds out she’s having the sex she doesn’t want to have? We just want to be supporting the new couple and new mom on their journey, and not getting caught up in the sex of baby.”

Henry Okafor

  • Jerneka

    December 5, 2016 #1 Author

    I love my little boy no matter what. I would love to conceived another one.


    • olivia

      December 6, 2016 #2 Author

      I love my son AJ to death and i’d love to conceive another one !


  • Robin

    December 5, 2016 #3 Author

    I wanted a girl so bad at first but now that i have a boy they are soo much easier


  • Timmesha Haynes

    December 5, 2016 #4 Author

    This is very interesting but I want to know does this actually work ? And how many people actually tried to change they diet ?


  • shaQuia Moore

    December 5, 2016 #5 Author

    This Is Extremly Helpful.


  • Jalexus Holmes

    December 5, 2016 #6 Author

    I prayed for a boy because they’ll be easier to manage, but God Blessed me with a little girl and I love her so much!


  • Latia graham

    December 5, 2016 #7 Author

    Omg !! Thank you so much ! This seriously has helped me ! I now know how my I developed my baby boy !


  • Michaela Rogers

    December 5, 2016 #8 Author

    Very interesting.. How many people have tried this? Did it come true? I wanted a boy, then I honestly didn’t care of the gender aslong as it was a healthy baby. & I ended up having a healthy baby girl.


  • KADERIA Johnson

    December 6, 2016 #9 Author

    Wow! Thank u I want my first child to be a boy . This is helpful


  • Vanessa Dazme

    December 6, 2016 #10 Author

    This was really helpful when I got pregnant I wanted to have a girl but I had a boy instead and I’m happy I did 😊


  • NeeNee

    December 6, 2016 #11 Author

    I love my baby girl. I enjoyed my pregnancy experience. 💝


  • Allie

    December 6, 2016 #12 Author

    This is amazing I love my baby boy !!


  • NeeNee

    December 6, 2016 #13 Author

    I prayed for a little boy ! 💙 But God blessed me with a baby girl 💗 Instead and I’m forevermore thankful! I love ❤️ my daughter. 😊


  • Jayla Renaee

    December 6, 2016 #14 Author

    Omg !! i never would have thought that was the reason i had a little boy! im truly blessed


  • Rima

    December 6, 2016 #15 Author

    Thank you so much


  • Zaliwe Banda

    December 6, 2016 #16 Author

    I prayed for a boy and God actually blessed me , I am currently expecting a boy.


  • lavvyk

    December 6, 2016 #17 Author

    helpful read hope to get another girl


  • Zaliwe Banda

    December 6, 2016 #18 Author

    I prayed for a boy and God answered my prayer. This is helpful


  • Mleann10

    December 6, 2016 #19 Author

    I’ve always wanted my son first! And now that I got him it might be time to work on a lil girl


  • Nyiah Dawson

    December 6, 2016 #20 Author

    Wow . I never knew this 😊


  • Teamskoto

    December 6, 2016 #21 Author

    Wanted a boy but got a girl and m totally amazed at how much love I have 4 her. Seems I have known her all my life


  • Lavasha Marion

    December 6, 2016 #22 Author

    I wanted a girl so bad! Omg maybe that’s why I had a boy because I would always say I want a girl. But I wouldn’t trade my son for the world!


  • mary

    December 6, 2016 #23 Author

    I really want to have a baby boy. Tkss do much for dis tips.


  • Jesty b

    December 6, 2016 #24 Author

    Kids are always a gift from God and you need to appreciate them no matter what


  • faith lucky

    December 6, 2016 #25 Author

    Awooo being a boy or a girl it all God’s gift both are marvellous… am bless with a princess


  • Priscilla

    December 6, 2016 #26 Author

    this was very helpful. …always wanted a baby boy but God bless me with a girl💙 instead but I’m very thankful and blessed for her love you kaelia😍😘


  • ZeeZee

    December 6, 2016 #27 Author

    I want a boy not now because I just been blessed with a baby girl but when we are ready I will definitely take this into consideration


  • Jelishia Mcquay

    December 6, 2016 #28 Author

    If it’s in gods will for you to have a boy that’s only way it’ll be. God bless all!


  • Kathryn Williams

    December 6, 2016 #29 Author

    I loved my experience while having my baby , it was a emotional ride but it was well worth it because I love my daughter 😍


  • Sidney Maddox

    December 6, 2016 #30 Author

    I’ve had these symptoms and it still turned out a baby girl 😍


  • Reiona

    December 6, 2016 #31 Author

    I remember being pregnant with my baby girl I remember every step of it I loved it😘💓


  • Amber Whitaker

    December 6, 2016 #32 Author

    I’ve never seen anyone who has had success trying to conceive one gender or the other. All of my pregnancies were very different, I conceived at different times, and my diet was slightly different each time, but I ended up with 3 boys nonetheless. I guess it can’t hurt to try though. Interesting article!


  • JoAnne

    December 6, 2016 #33 Author

    This is so helpful and it clears up a lot of questions that I had. I love my baby boy…..


  • Shani

    December 6, 2016 #34 Author

    Interesting! I prayed for a boy both of my pregnancies & God blessed me with two little girls! I want a boy next time, hopefully!!!


  • Charlotte Conner

    December 6, 2016 #35 Author

    Very helpful!!!!! After trying for a boy a few times we have three girls. I believe I miscarried my boys. But i wouldn’t trade my girls for anything.


  • Magan

    December 6, 2016 #36 Author

    Babies are a gift whether they are a boy or girl as long as they are healthy I’m fine. But this article was helpful !!!


  • CraNeshia

    December 6, 2016 #37 Author

    Very Great Article will try when I try for my next child


  • Miyah rider

    December 7, 2016 #38 Author

    Does this actually work ? Who’s tried this ?


  • Tennille Myers

    December 7, 2016 #39 Author

    Hopefully I’ll get the the next time around lol


  • Tiara Turner

    December 7, 2016 #40 Author

    Being a parent is one of best feelings in the world, I love it


  • Star

    December 7, 2016 #41 Author

    I love my son a lot! ! And he’ll prob be my only one lol But this is very interesting for somebody excepting .


  • Starasia Jones

    December 7, 2016 #42 Author

    I love my son a lot! ! And he’ll prob be my only one lol But this is very interesting for somebody excepting .


  • Jakiya

    December 8, 2016 #43 Author

    Wow ! I wish I would have known this before because I really wanted a little boy but I’m happy with my baby girl ☺️


  • Kiarra

    December 8, 2016 #44 Author

    Really never new that a healthy diet and other way can help you with gender very interesting will try next time


  • Lex Guinyard

    December 9, 2016 #45 Author

    My friend stuck to an ALL girl diet ,and still had a boy 😩😂


  • Natalie

    December 10, 2016 #46 Author

    Super interesting. My fiancé wants a boy so bad, we just had our first child (a girl) and he’s already super ready to try for a boy. Anybody try this ? does this actually work ?


  • Lie Ebony

    December 10, 2016 #47 Author

    I prayed for a boy bc they are easier raise and that’s what I got.


  • Cartrevia

    November 28, 2019 #48 Author

    I really really pray that I have a boy next time I have a baby my daughter just made five yesterday and I think it’s definitely time for a another baby I want a boy soo bad crossing my fingers 😍😍😍all babies are blessings but I want a Son😍😍😍😔


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