Predetermining the Sex of Your Child

Predetermining the Sex of Your Child

Just a few years ago, predetermining the sex of your child was a crazy notion, one that was associated with science fiction movies or “the future” in general. There was no way to predict which sex of baby you would have, and if you had a preference, you just hoped for the best! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

But, with technology advancing as far as it has in recent years, choosing a baby’s gender is no longer just something you see on the big screen. Want to learn more about predetermining the sex of your child? Read on for the latest info on this huge development in conception!

The Shettles method

The Shettles Method is the most widely used and, some doctors say, the most effective method for determining gender. The Shettles method is a natural way of determining gender. According to Dr. Shettles, boy sperm moves faster, but does not last as long as girl sperm.

For this reason, the Shettles Method suggests that you have sex as close as possible to ovulation if you want to have a boy. If you want a girl, you should try to plan sex for a couple of days before you ovulate. Many couples choose to practice the Shettles method, since it is natural, free, and easy to understand.

Of course, the Shettles method is not 100 percent effective, but short of costly and invasive IVF-related procedures, it is the best course of action, doctors agree. If you would like to try for a certain gender baby, you might want to consider giving the Shettles Method a try.

The Ericsson method

The Ericsson Method is a little more technologically advanced than the Shettles method. It is sometimes also known as the “sperm spinning” method. In the Ericsson method, the “boy” sperm and the “girl” sperm are separated through filtering procedures.

Then the sperm of the desired sex is used to fertilize the egg when the time comes. The Ericsson method is sometimes effective, however, it is very costly, and must be done in a clinical setting. These factors often put it out of reach of many of today’s couples.

While the Ericsson method is not one hundred percent effective, doctors say that the success rates rest somewhere around 75 to 80 percent. The real drawback is that the Ericsson method must be performed in a clinical setting, so couples who don’t have another reason to visit a fertility clinic may not be able to take advantage of this technology.

Wives tales

Of course, less “technologically advanced” ways of swaying for a boy or a girl have existed for years, in the form of Old Wives Tales. Some wives’ tales run the gamut from “that sounds plausible” to downright ridiculous, but the good news is? Most of them are free, and won’t hurt anything to give them a whirl.

The most popular wives tales include that you can have a boy by eating more “manly” foods like soda, chips, and red meat, while a girl an be had with fish and veggies. Also, boys are supposedly more commonly conceived during from-behind positions, and if the male climaxes first.

To try for a girl, you are supposed to try the missionary position, and also let the woman initiate sex. While all of these legends are just old wives’ tales, they don’t hurt anything to try, and you might find out that you are actually surprised by the results!

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.