Fertility truth or fiction: How to conceive a girl or boy?
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD writes:
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Your odds to conceive in general are greatly increased by familiarizing yourself with your body's fertility signs. And conceiving a specific gender - while generally a 50/50 proposition - there are a perhaps a few tips you might follow to increase your chances of having a girl or boy.
The Shettles Method - When it comes to how to conceive a girl, it's important to start by understanding that your partner's sperm will ultimately decide the gender. A baby girl is the combination of two X chromosomes. And a baby boy is the combination of one X and one Y chromosome. Before conception occurs, an unfertilized egg contains one X chromosome. And along comes the sperm carrying either an X or Y chromosome.
The Shettles method is based largely around the idea that sperm carrying X chromosomes don't move as quickly as sperm having Y chromosomes on board. And to take advantage of that factoid, it's recommended that couples time intercourse from the end of a woman's period until just 3 days before ovulation. Dr. Shettles believes that the best position is missionary so your partner's sperm will be nearer the entrance to the cervix, giving those X chromosome swimmers a fighting chance. The Shettles method also recommends refraining from orgasm during sex as it can increase the alkaline levels in the vagina.
Urban Myths - There are also a handful of urban myths about how to conceive a girl or boy. While none of these tips are based on sound medical science, they can't hurt if you wish to try. So have fun with these tips on how to conceive a girl that other women swear by:
- Try to have sex only on even numbered days each month
- Making love later in the day
- Have lots of sex around the time of a full moon
- Women who initiate sex with their partner are more likely to have a baby girl
Timing lovemaking - When it comes to how to get pregnant, you have to be sure you and your partner are having enough sex. A recent study showed that about 50% of couples make love once each week, and almost 1/3 even less so. If you want to know how to conceive quickly, you need to have sex more often and time it during ovulation.
Follow these 3 tips - There are 3 tips that your body gives off each month to tell you when it's ovulation time. Knowing what those signs are and how to read them will help you to get pregnant.
Tip #1: Cervical mucus (CM) - Being able to differentiate between infertile CM and fertile CM can be quite obvious once you get the hang of it. Fertile CM will have the texture and appearance of raw egg white, and so is sometimes referred to as "egg-white cervical mucus." When you are close to ovulation, your body will produce nearly a 10-fold increase in the volume of CM and it is readily noticeable outside of the vagina when you wipe with toilet tissue. Your body produces this egg-white CM to help nourish and guide sperm as it makes its way to the cervix. Your most fertile time of the month will be on the last day that your body produces this egg-white CM. So when you see it, take it as a sign to start baby dancing each day, and don't stop until it's gone.
Tip #2: Basal body temperature (BBT) - Measuring and charting your basal body temperature when you initially wake up each morning is an effective way to pinpoint ovulation. Ovulation causes your BBT to climb by 1/2 degree to 1 1/2 degrees Fahrenheit. Each woman is unique, but for approximately 60% of women, ovulation falls on the day prior to this temperature increase. And in the remainder of women, ovulation falls a few days before or after. At the outset of your cycle, you'll find that your BBT remains lower, until just before ovulation, when you will see a slight dip followed by a sharp spike. When you see your BBT dip slightly, you should start having sex each day. When you see the sharp spike in BBT, you'll know that you have already ovulated.
Tip #3: Luteinizing hormone (LH) - Another method for how you can get pregnant is to measure the LH reading in your urine using an ovulation predictor kit (OPK). An ovulation test, can help pinpoint when you ovulate by taking the test each day between 10am and noon, at the same time each day. When you get a positive reading, you'll know ovulation is imminent and begin trying to conceive right away.
By recognizing these basic signs that your body gives you each month, you'll be able to more effectively time when you try to conceive each month. The fertility signals may seem elusive at first, but after a month or two, you'll quickly have a new found appreciation for your body and confidence that you can take charge of your fertility to conceive successfully.
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