Wondering how to conceive a boy?
Then you may be interested in finding out the ways that are said to stack the odds in your favour when it comes to the sex of your child.
While there is no scientific evidence to prove that sex positions can influence the sex of your baby, this legend has been around for generations.
While they may not really increase your chances of conceiving a boy, it can't hurt to try.
Well, assuming you're doing it right, that is.
Of course, the very best outcome is a healthy baby. So it's important to make sure you bear that in mind as you read on about how to conceive a boy.
How To Conceive A Boy: The Theory
There are two types of sperm, one carrying the X chromosome, and one carrying the Y chromosome.
The type of sperm that fertilises the egg, and determines what sex the baby will be (X for a girl, and Y for a boy).
Dr Shettles, author of the best selling book, How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby, believed that the types of sperm had a number of inherent differences.
Through research, he found boy sperm to be weaker, smaller and faster than their female counterparts. He discovered that female sperm were more resilient and able to survive for longer periods inside the female body.
How To Conceive A Boy #1: Positions Please
Dr Shettles believed deep penetration was important to give the boy sperm a head start.
With less difference to travel, the boy sperm would be able to outswim the girl sperm, and find the egg.
The Shettles method claims that to improve your chances of conceiving a boy, you should have sex in positions that allow for deep penetration.
It may not sound very romantic, but the closer to the cervix the sperm are ejaculated, the more likely they are to find the egg. Here are some position which can help accomplish this:
The position most commonly mentioned during discussions of this nature, is doggy style. This position allows for deep penetration, and is touted by many as the optimum position in which to conceive a boy. You should kneel on all fours, and have your partner enter you from behind. You could also adjust this position so that you are kneeling or leaning over a raised surface, if you prefer.
Another position that allows for deep penetration, is sex standing up. Some people also believe boy sperm are given an advantage in this position, as they swim faster against gravity to reach the egg. For this position, your partner may be able to lift you up, or you prefer to lean against a wall. Either way, you will probably need something to lean or hold onto, you don't want to end up in hospital after a sex fall.
Ask your partner to lie or sit up on the bed, sofa, or wherever you choose to do the deed. You should straddle him and lower yourself onto him. This position allows for deep penetration, but with the added benefit of you being in control. If your partner has a large penis, or you feel discomfort when trying the positions above, you may prefer to be on top as this will allow you to control the depth of penetration.
How To Conceive A Boy #2: Male Sperm And Cycle Timing
Because male sperm is the faster of the two, Shettles suggests having intercourse as close to ovulation as possible.
If you have sex several days before ovulation, then the less resilient male sperm may die off, leaving more female sperm to fertilise the egg.
How To Conceive A Boy #3: Sperm And Your Partner’s Underwear
You may have heard that the underwear a man wears can effect sperm production – which may not be something you want to play around with if you’re trying to get pregnant at all.
As the belief goes, if your man wears boxer shorts, this is said to be better for male sperm, as the scrotum doesn’t get so warm, restricting the production of sperm.
Tighter underwear (like jocks) are said to be better suited to the survival of female sperm… but you may find that you reduce the production of all sperm the temperature gets too warm.
How To Conceive A Boy #4: Female Orgasm And Conceiving A Boy
As well as the old wives' tales listed above, there is also a popular argument that the female orgasm plays an important role in the conception of a boy.
Some believe that during a female orgasm, an alkaline secretion is released into the vagina, which gives boy sperm an increased chance of survival.
It is said that to increase your chances of having a boy, you should orgasm before your partner during sex.
While it may not be backed up by science, it's worth explaining to your partner, just in case.
Want To Know More? If you want to optimise your chances, take a look at Dr. Shettles best selling book, How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby.