Conceiving A Boy

For some ladies, conceiving a boy is a must. This could just be a preference, maybe you've always seen yourself running around after a little boy, or could be because previous babies have been of the pink variety (girls), and you just really feel the need for one of those naughty but cute little blue ones!

Unfortunately, we don’t have 100% control over what happens in the baby factory, but there are some things that can be tried to help with conceiving a boy. Some would swear by these methods, while others are more sceptical, but if you’re keen on giving it a go, it can’t harm you to try.

If you are really determined about influencing the gender of your baby and conceiving a boy then my advice would be to look into purchasing books on the subject and reading up so that you know you’ve done everything you can.

A book that is highly recommended for those who are serious about influencing gender is ‘How To Choose The Sex Of Your Baby’ by Dr Landrum B. Shettles and David M. Rorvik.

I’m going to cover some basic ideas that have been batted around by various folk and that you may find useful.

The Basics

As a starting point to conceiving a boy, it’s good to know how this happens. Your partner ejaculates semen into you during sex. The semen contains millions of tiny sperm. Some bearing an X chromosome, and some bearing a Y chromosome.

Depending on which sperm finds the egg first and fertilizes it, if it’s an X chromosome sperm then you get a little girl, and if it’s a Y chromosome sperm you get a little boy.

Y Chromosome Bearing Sperm

One thing you need to know for conceiving a boy is that the Y chromosome bearing sperm swim faster than the X chromosome bearing sperm. But they also die off quicker than the X chromosome bearing sperm.

Based on that, if you want to try to conceive a boy then you need to do what you can to try to let the boy sperm get to your egg before the girl sperm.

So what can you do?

Pinpointing When You Ovulate

You can do this a few different ways: (do bear in mind though that even if your menstrual cycle is regular, your ovulation times can vary from month to month)

1. Using an ovulation test kit – just before you ovulate your body releases a hormone called LH (Luteinizing Hormone). This is detected by the ovulation test kit and therefore tells you when you are about to ovulate. A few months of testing should give you an idea of when your ovulation occurs.

2. Basal body temperature charting – using a basal thermometer you can take your temperature at the start of each day and record it on a chart. A spike in your temperature indicates that you have just ovulated. A few months of recording this way should help you see when you ovulate.

3. Cervical mucus charting – this involves assessing your cervical mucus each day during your cycle and recording your findings. Just before you ovulate your cervical mucus will be clear and elastic in texture, very much like raw egg white. Charting this for a few months should help you to determine when you are about to ovulate.

The Best Timing And Method For Sex

For conceiving a boy, you want to try to give the Y chromosome bearing sperm a better chance of reaching the egg first. Since these sperm swim faster than the girl ones but die off quicker, its best to have sex as close to when you ovulate as possible.

At the time of ovulation, your cervical mucus will be less acidic than normal (acidic CM is more likely to kill off the less robust boy sperm) and the consistency of it helps the boy sperm to reach the egg quickly.

So have sex as often as you can, but definitely try to make sure you do it on and around the time you ovulate.

Some feel that having an orgasm during sex can help the boy sperm because after an orgasm females produce substances that make the vagina more alkaline (opposite of acidic) which helps the boy sperm rather than killing it off.

It is also thought that deep penetration is better for conceiving a boy because it places the sperm closer to your cervix and allows the faster boy sperm a better chance of getting to the egg first.

How Can Diet Help?

Conceiving a boy is thought to be more likely if your diet makes the pH balance in your body lean more towards alkaline than acidic. This is because a more acidic balance can kill off the less robust boy sperm quicker.

So if you're really desperate to have a boy, you might want to try eating less acidic foods and eating more alkaline foods such as red meats, eggs, bread, fish, certain vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, celery) and slightly increasing your salt intake.

These changes will need to start a few weeks before you start trying to conceive.

One last tip for conceiving a boy; it is thought that caffeine makes the Y sperm more active, so your partner could try drinking a caffeinated drink just before you have sex.

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