Tips on How To Conceive a Boy

Have you been trying to have a baby boy without success? If so, this article will give you some effective tips on how to conceive a boy.

There is no one method that can guarantee a hundred percent success rate, but some have proven to be quite effective in increasing one’s chances of giving birth to a male child.

It is important for you to understand one thing before going forward and this is that the body has a very specialized working mechanism and the same is true when you are trying to have a boy baby.

Many factors play a part when one is trying to make a baby and this will get a bit more complicated if the predetermining sex of a child is added to the mix.

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Tips on How to Conceive a Baby Boy

Ovulation and the XY Chromosome: The female and the male both have chromosomes, in their Eggs and sperms respectively, and these determine the baby’s sex. An egg has only X chromosomes while sperms hold either X or Y chromosome.

A male child is born when the female’s egg having X chromosome is combined with male’s Y chromosome (XY) containing sperm and likewise baby girl is born when X chromosome containing sperm fertilizes the egg(XX).

At this point you might be wondering how one would ensure that only the Y chromosome is present during the time of fertilization.

Well, the easiest way to do this would be calculate your ovulation time.

It is always important to calculate one’s ovulation to conceive, but it’s even more important if you are trying to get pregnant with a baby of a particular sex.

Y chromosome sperms usually swim faster than the X chromosome one, but they are not able to survive by themselves and will burn out very fast.

It was previously thought that Y chromosome containing sperms swim faster than the X chromosome containing ones [2], but it has been proved wrong now after observing their motility in computer assisted sperm analysis (CASA) [2].

Y chromosome containing sperms certainly doesn’t swim faster than X chromosome ones [3].

One of the other tips on how to conceive a boy is that you should not have sex two to three days prior to ovulation to allow for the release of the healthiest sperms.

Ways to Have Sexual Intercourse: In addition to knowing your ovulation cycle and having sex at the right time, you should understand that there are some sexual positions and penetration techniques that you could try to have a boy baby. It is said that deep penetration during sex will release the sperm as close as possible to the egg.

Lower Acidic Conditions: A woman’s vaginal environment is very acidic and this can destroy weak sperms. This is something to be aware of when you want to have a boy. You can get your vagina’s pH level and acid content tested with pH strips to know if it is too high. If the test shows that it is highly acidic, you can use certain methods to help lower it and enable sperms to survive for longer. One of the ways to do is to make some changes to your diet to make it less acidic.

Eat Right: This is one of the most important tips on how to conceive a boy because diet and nutrition plays a vital role in determining the baby’s gender. Studies show that women who eat healthy breakfasts and consume 2000 calories daily when trying to get pregnant will have higher chances to give birth to a boy.

In addition, a diet with large amounts of sodium and potassium will help you to have a boy baby. You can get these nutrients from banana, strawberries, and many other high-sodium foods.

Aside from those items, there is an old wives tale that eating a lot of red meat will help you to have a boy. In fact, there are many other tales about this, so you can decide whether or not you want to try any of them.

Additional resources

If you want to further explore the natural ways to conceive a baby boy I’d suggest that you pick one of the books which provide exact steps to take to conceive a baby of a specific gender. Here are a few:

Surgical and Medical Alternatives

A doctor can implant only male embryos in your uterus if you are doing an In Vitro Fertilization. This is a guaranteed way to have a son, but such procedures are not legal in most civilized countries.

In addition, sex selection is possible with the help of Artificial Insemination although the success rate of getting pregnant with a boy baby is lower than the IVF.

Pre-implantation diagnosis and sperm sorting are done before those procedures to test genetically and separate sperms with the Y chromosomes.

These methods might take away some uncertainty of the two methods above, but the procedures are costly and complicated, plus they are often the last resort if it is difficult to conceive naturally or in case of infertility.

If you have tried these tips on how to conceive a boy without success, you can always consider adoption.
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  1. Shettles LB. Nuclear morphology of human spermatozoa. Nature 1960;186: 648-9. [PubMed]
  2. Moruzzi JF, Wyrobek AJ, Mayall BH, Gledhill BL. Quantification and classification of human sperm morphology by computer-assisted image analysis. Fertil Steril 1988; 50: 142-52. [PubMed]
  3. Penfold LM, Holt C, Holt WV, Welch DG, Cran DG, Johnson LA. Comparative motility of X and Y chromosome-bearing bovine sperm separated on the basis of DNA content by flow sorting. Mol Reprod Dev 1998;50: 323-7. [PubMed]
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