How To Conceive A Girl – 9 Tips To Conceive A Baby Girl

How To Conceive A Girl - 9 Tips To Conceive A Baby Girl

Does your heart melt every time you see a teeny tiny pink frilly tutu? Of course it does, that’s why you’re here – you’re wondering how to conceive a girl!

First, a disclaimer – gender swaying theories aren’t guaranteed for success and aren’t always backed by science.

But if you’re keen, it can’t hurt to try – you have a 50% chance either way!

At the end of the article, I’ve included details of a more recent book to be published, which is based on scientific research.

As far as BellyBelly is concerned, we believe the very best outcome is a healthy baby.

So it’s important to bear that in mind as you read about how to conceive a girl.

However, we do understand that couples around their world have their own personal reasons for wanting to try for a baby girl.

How To Conceive A Girl

Ready to find out how to conceive a girl? Here are 9 tips to get you started:

How To Conceive A Girl Tip #1: The Shettles Method

The Shettles Method has been around since the 1960s, and claims a 75% success rate for couples hoping to conceive a girl.

Dr Shettles believed the most important factor was timing.

The baby’s sex is determined by the chromosome carrying sperm.

Boy sperm swim faster, but survive for shorter periods of time than their female producing counterparts.

Girl sperm are stronger and more resilient, yet swim slower than boy sperm.

According to the Shettles method, you should have sex two to four days before ovulation if you are hoping to conceive a girl.

By the time ovulation occurs, only the girl sperm should be left to fertilise the egg.

Dr Shettles advises that if you wish to conceive a girl, you should avoid intercourse when you have clear, egg-yolk like vaginal mucus, as this is a sure sign of ovulation.

It should be noted, however, that avoiding intercourse during this time can reduce your likelihood of conceiving at all.

How To Conceive A Girl Tip #2: The Whelan Method

The other popular method was created by Dr. Elizabeth Whelan, who claims a 57% success rate for couples who wish to conceive a girl.

Whelan’s theory has slightly different timings.

If you want to conceive a girl, she advises you to have sex two to three days before ovulation.

For a boy, she suggests four to six days pre-ovulation to be the peak time.

The Whelan and Shettles methods are contradictory, yet both have cheerleaders claiming success.

But it’s difficult to judge whether these successes were truly a result of the method, or simply that the outcome remained the same regardless of the method used.

There is a limited amount of research in existence to support the two methods above for conceiving a girl.

In fact, in her book, Whelan cited several studies to demonstrate that Shettles theories did not work.

How To Conceive A Girl Tip #3: Positions

To conceive a boy, deep penetration during sex is key, but for a girl, the opposite is true.

You could increase your chance of conceiving a girl by opting the missionary position, which limits the depth of penetration.

As a result, this restricts how close to the cervix the sperm are ejaculated.

Boy sperm swim very fast for short periods before tiring out.

So by preventing deep penetration, you may be able to prevent the boy sperm from reaching and fertilising the egg.

How To Conceive A Girl Tip #4: No Orgasm

Avoiding orgasm may be key to conceiving a girl, according to some gender swaying experts.

The female orgasm releases an alkaline secretion which may help boy sperm to survive longer, by creating a less hostile environment.

Without these secretions, boy sperm may find it harder to survive, and have less chance of reaching the egg.

How To Conceive A Girl Tip #5: More Sex

Rather than restricting your sex life to specific times, when trying for a girl you should aim to have more sex.

In the days leading up to your key conception time, you should have as much sex as possible.

This will reduce your partner’s sperm count, and mean there are less fast-swimming boy sperm available to join the race for fertilisation.

How To Conceive A Girl Tip #6: Veg Out

According to one study, eating more fruit and vegetables can improve your chances of conceiving a girl.

Some people believe a vegetarian diet can help you to conceive a girl, especially if you eat foods such as spinach, nuts and broccoli.

Choose foods naturally high in calcium and magnesium, such as leafy greens, fruits and rice, which are also said to be good for conceiving girls.

How To Conceive A Girl Tip #7: Acid House

Another food related tip, is to eat acidic foods in the days leading up to ovulation.

Male sperm are less able to survive in acidic environments, and eating acidic foods can actually alter the pH of your vagina.

However, bear in mind that it’s actually unhealthy for your body to be in an acidic state.

If you still want to try, stock up on soda, vinegar and chocolate.

Some people believe you should also avoid eating alkaline foods such as apples, almonds, cucumbers and avocado (all very important foods nutritionally) in the run up to ovulation.

Having a healthy baby and enough folate in your body to avoid neural tube defects should be more important.

How To Conceive A Girl Tip #8: Low Salt

If you want to conceive a girl, salt is out. A low salt diet is said to improve your chances of conceiving a girl.

Recent research found a diet high in sodium and potassium favoured male sperm.

Therefore, you should cut out salted meats, olives, blue cheeses and processed foods while you’re trying to conceive a girl.

You should also restrict the amount of salt used during cooking.

How To Conceive A Girl Tip #9: Bath Time

Some people believe that boy sperm are heat-averse, so having a bath prior to sex may help to weaken the male sperm awaiting release.

A soak in a hot tub would work just as well too.

For most couples, the most important factor for conception is achieving a healthy baby.

If you long for a girl, you can try the above methods, but remember there is little to no scientific evidence for most.

While there may be plenty of anecdotal evidence about, this doesn’t necessarily mean they will work for you.

Some of them, particularly the timing methods, may actually reduce your chances of conception.

Bonus Tip: How To Conceive A Girl #10: The Babydust Method

The Babydust MethodThe Babydust Method Book is a more recent book on the market and claims to be based on the latest, scientific research. 

If you want to know how to conceive a girl, this book is an essential read, according to raving fans!

The Babydust Method author, Kathryn Taylor, has a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics. In her book, Taylor discusses egg polarity, pH, and acidic/alkaline/ion diets.

Taylor’s approach involves a combination of precise timing and frequency, which has been proven to work in a published clinical study.

Here are some of the many rave reviews from readers:

“I read several books on sex selection and this book was my favourite. It was easy to follow, to the point, and made the most sense. I followed the instructions in this book to help increase my chance of conceiving a girl. I got pregnant on the first try, and ultrasound and blood tests have confirmed we’re expecting a baby girl! So thrilled!!” – Lauren

“I purchased this book and my husband and I decided to try it out. We nailed it the first time we tried. After 3 healthy boys we are expecting our little girl in July. My family and I can not thank you enough for helping us make our dream come true. Cannot wait to hold Emily Rose in our arms!” – Jennifer

You can grab a copy from Amazon, or the Book Depository.

You can also check out Dr. Shettles best selling book, How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby.

If you’re curious about what’s recommended for conceiving a boy, see our article, How To Conceive A Boy.

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Fiona Peacock is a writer, researcher and lover of all things to do with pregnancy, birth and motherhood (apart from the lack of sleep). She is a home birth advocate, passionate about gentle parenting and is also really tired.


  1. I have two sons. How much I had longed for a baby girl but destiny had other plans and did not give me a girl. Although both my boys are very cute, but I always miss a girl in the house. I wish I had read this article earlier then maybe my wish would have been fulfilled

    1. I have two boys too and can’t decide whether to try for a girl. But I wouldn’t want to change what I have now; my boys are best friends and that’s what counts plus they are happy and healthy individuals!

  2. I’m almost a month preg and can’t wait for my baby its gonna be a long way to go… I want a baby girl and took all of the tips maybe they might work for me cause my pregnancy is still early! I’m crossing my fingers to that♥!!

    1. Please let me know if doing these tips gave you a girl once you find out. My husband and I are going to try for a girl next year after having 3boys which we did not use any of these tips for! Good luck!

        1. I have 3 boys too and trying one last time for a girl next year, all boys were pure accident lol never tried these tips because we weren’t trying to have kids before. Let me know if anyone tries these!

    2. Helli, I’m reaching out to you because you posted that you were pregnant one year ago. May 3 2015. Your post stood out because you tried some of the methods for a girl because your post was on May 3 which is my birthday day. I would love to know if your baby was healthy and if your baby is a girl.
      Thank you,
      Brenda Foster

      1. I used the Shettles method after I had two boys and it worked! My daughter just turned one and we’re talking about trying for a second girl 🙂 Well we actually used Shettles method along with shallow penetration and no orgasm. It wasn’t fun but it worked!

        1. Wow. So glad it worked for you. We tried these methods 3 times. We have ended up with 4 boys. Not sure if we want to try again.

  3. I’m really really really getting excited and anxious about having a baby next month I just can’t wait hooray for me

    1. now I have read this, with my other children (2 boys) I definitely tried for boys. I on both occasions checked when ovulating and had sex on the exact date i was fertile for 3 days after too… looking at this now I know where I went wrong lol.

    2. Aim to conceive at ovulation and you’ll get your boy. We did Trying for a girl next, seems much more difficult. Two attempts already using shettles but no luck.☹

      1. my partner is ‘well endowed’ lol so its hard to not, but after 3 boys we really want a girl, im hoping this one is but i have a feeling ill have another boy

    3. Try doggy style that’s the position I got pregnant with my boy in and make sure u have a proper orgasum as that will help to me an my partner will be trying for a girl sometime next year I have my fingers crossed and will keep you all updated when we find out the sex

    4. I wanted a girl and been trying since the last 5 boys but I want to try once more time next year and use these methods; for me, I always had sex on my ovulation day -sometimes unknowingly- or the days before ovulation and it gave me 5 boys. I also had an orgasm- which I can’t help to have with my partner. I can’t remember all 5 positions but I am sure 2 of the times, I was on top, 1 of them he was on top and my legs were over his shoulders, and the last one I was halfway off the couch but he was still on top. Hope this helps!

  4. My husband and I definitely swear by some of these (ie: not ejaculating very deep) and also to have sex very often. We have 3 beautiful children and used gender methods with our last baby extremely successfully. We want our baby girls to be close in age and this will probably be our last baby, and while some of you may not subscribe to this, we chose to try again immediately. Not only did I get pregnant right away, but we used the shallow ejaculating and made sure to have sex several days before ovulation. As for positions we like to switch things up but are fond of doggy style and spooning during his climax. I also do not climax as that can help the male sperm reach the finish line faster and that was not our goal. As of yesterday we found out we are pregnant with a second daughter and I encourage anyone to try these methods. It was easy to conceive and loads of fun trying. Hmmm…perhaps a 5th is in the future after all….lol.
    Enjoy all!!!

    1. Hi Wendy. I just wanted to ask you if you and your husband had sex just the once several days prior to ovulation or did you have sex every day from several days before ovulation til on or after ovulation? It’s just that you said lots of sex at the start and then several days before, so just wanted to clarify. Thanks.

    2. Thanx Rodrieguez for the insight. How I wish it works for me. I have two hardsome boys n I’m clossing my fingers to get a baby girl planned for january. I’ll give a trial your way n hope for the best.

        1. Too soon!! Your day of ovulation will be approx 2 weeks after the first day of your period so having a sex the day after your period is not close to ovulation. That is a very good time to hav sex if you don’t want
          To get pregnant 😉

  5. I currently have 3 boys and didn’t take any of these methods on board. I have PCOS so it’s difficult for me to know when I’m ovulating, which I see is key here for conceiving a girl. I really want a little girl but scared to have a 4th son. Does anyone have any other tips on what foods to eat?

    1. I have had success with these methods, my advice… Take magnesium and calcium vitamin supplements for a month before trying to conceive. Take an OV test regularly to try to predict ovulation and avoid intercorse if OV test is positive since that means you will be ovulating in the next 12-24 hours.

  6. I would really appreciate feed back on whether these methods work for others, I have two boys which I wanted dearly, my partner is longing for that father daughter bond and I would love for this to happen, I have a niece I steel at every opportunity but would love a girl of our own, we would not be having a 4th baby so this is the only chance for us if we take it!

  7. Hi! Everybody I just read all these things about having a girl and let me tell you none of these will work! It’s all in Gods hands. Trust him! Pray a lot and he will answer your prayers..

    1. To a community of people interested in approaching conception with some form of scientific methodology, you troll them. Shame.

      Look, we’re here reading because we want a daughter in our lives and households, and want to increase the probabilities of that happening. We all know it’s a matter of statistical odds at a certain point: 57% is not as good as 73%, if you follow medical advice and best practices.

      Prayer, or hoping to get lucky, or just wishing it turns out the way you want is fine; there’s always that math that says you won’t have the daughter in your life you desire. But telling a group of people that care enough to research that it’s a waste of time is well below rude.

  8. I have passed eight days from my date but I have leak in breast back pain in stomach side pain is there I have a boy he is 12 years old but I want to have a girl baby and I have diabetes please help me

  9. FYI to the writer– citrus fruits actually produce an alkaline effect in the body… So what was stated here was a little contradictory for women really striving to follow this advice.

    1. Not so. Alkaline turns into acidic when it is filtered thru the kidneys. People don’t understand this and keep eating/drinking acidic drinks and foods etc.. The one thing to remember is the Urologist will instruct you to drink alkaline drinks/foods so you can keep the bladder flora acidic to fight off bacteria. Well, it also affects the natural flora of the vagina and therefore if you want a girl drink or eat alkaline foods and drinks. For a boy, eat or drink acidic because it will become alkaline and will promote the boy sperm. sb

  10. I have 5 kiddos and I have used these methods to determine the gender of 4 of them. All 4 were the gender we were trying for. I would like to add, I took vitamins to make sure I had enough magnesium and calcium (for a girl) and potassium and zinc (for a boy). Good luck ladies!!!

    1. How soon did you begin taking your vitamins before actually trying to conceive? I started taking the calcium and magnesium vitamins on Friday (3 days ago) as well as having my husband take them also. I started my period tonight (just spotting) so I should be off by Thursday or Friday. We plan to get busy as often as possible for a few days (hopefully more than once some days). I’ve also been doing no the “girl diet”. Do you think us taking the vitamins one week (7-10 days) prior is long enough?

  11. Pls I really need ur help and advice pls. I had miscarriage as of June 2014 since den no pregnancy. we ve been trying since den till now and nothing has happened. pls what should I do.

  12. Yeah! I have two cute boys and am glad because they have made us extremely happy in our marriage. Anyway, a girl…. need to be added to our family. Yes I will try the above methods, avoid deep penetration, make sure that there is witholding ejaculation and take necessary measures.

  13. I have 3 boys at the moment. Now myself, and my husband long for a baby girl. I have just finished a period, and we are having sex just after my period, rather than being too near ovulation. Ive been told that my chances of conceiving a girl are much higher because of this. What do you think?? Also, ive often wondered can some men only have male producing sperm, no matter how hard you try??

  14. so this month I we had sex 2 days after my period and yesterday (days after sex) I took and ovulation test and it was low but today (2 days after sex) my clear blue had a flashing smiley face should I try again before it gets to a peek of ovulation? or should I wait??

  15. I have two boys and I’m ready for my very last child. I wish for a girl this time around. A girl or twins.. so help me God.

  16. I tried the methods listed above and I still had a baby boy after having my first 2boys ages, 9and7.Apart from the above mentioned methods I also prayed as if my life depended on it. But God chose to still give me a boy after all these. I was disappointed but I am Learning to move on and love my 3boys. My latest is 4months now. I won’t be trying for any girl again. I think contentment is important so that I won’t have kids that I will be too tired to take care of.

  17. I am currently pregnant with my 3rd boy. We dtd a couple of times and stopped 3 days before ovulation. Not sure if it is that we didn’t dtd enough or that I should have focused more on diet and supplements for Dh and I as I have since read Ph levels are a big factor too.

  18. Hi all, it worked for me 3 times or maybe just luck I don’t know. My first is a girl which we tried right after my period then every day or two before ovulation. My two boys were either on ovulation timing or just after, so it seemed like it worked and I do feel the deep desire for another girl! My daughter is 5 next month, son is 3 & other son is 6 months old! But March I really want to try for a girl due for next Christmas but then again it’s a bit fast yet I can’t restrain that desire of missing the whole pregnancy and baby girl! Ect. Absolute love my boy Louis who is only 6 months old though and my other two are great with him were just have to see what next years brings. Good luck to you all

  19. I really want a baby girl. will try those methods in december. and I believe having a baby girl will make my marriage happier.

    1. You need to lurn to be happy in your marriage before you through a baby into the mix. Having kids can be a very stressfully time for a marriage if you are not fully in love and happy with just the two of you, a baby will not fix thinks.

  20. I have two boys and really want a girl as well. I think it is most women who desire at least one girl, my opinion anyways. Lol. I had a very hard time conceiving my second son but one thing I read is that avoid going to the bathroom after intercourse for at least 10 mins. Also that if you lay on your back and feet up against a wall it helps the sperm. And for myself I felt foolish but it worked a week later I was telling my husband he would be a daddy of two. Try the silly things and have alot of faith in God he works in mysterious ways but most of all don’t give up 🙂 I’m going to try for a girl 🙂

    1. I agree with u , i tried that too lyk aftr having intercourse i try not to get up and jst lay on my back with feet up against the wall. And deep penetration and it worked. But the most important ingredient is prayer. Pray and pray and lots of love

  21. I just had a embreyo implanted inside me. My husband and i would like a boy what are the best top 10 foods to eat while trying for a boy as sexual intercourse had no part in this

  22. My partner and I have been trying for a girl I have just finshed my monthly bout it was only 3 and a half days long could this mean I mite be pregnant

  23. My husband and I have a son and will be trying this spring for another baby. He wants another boy but id love to have a girl! Im going to try to track my ovulation, something ive never done before. Im going to cold turkey on the caffiene, eat chocolate, take calcium and magnesium, and have sex before ovulation, and we will see how i do! Ill let you guys know in a few months!

  24. Am very happy having read this tips am about to get married in 3 weeks time and i would love my first born to be a girl i’l do as the tips say and after getting a baby girl i’l be the happiest person thanks.

  25. My husband have a 18 month old. We will be trying this month to conceive a baby girl as our 18 month old is a boy, who’s absolutely perfect. Thank you God. My ovulation date it Feb 23rd. On my ovulation calendar it shows to try today and tomorrow for a girl. But I’m worried if we have sex tomorrow will the chances increase for a boy..??

  26. Hi,
    I have a beautiful smart baby boy he’s 4 now and me and my husband is planning another baby. My husband wants another boy but I want a girl so I want to try these methods secrely. He didnt know any of this and he’s busy with a lot of things so I’m sure he cant read this hehe…we had sex today…and correct me if im wrong I could be pregnant right? My last period was Feb.29. I’m in a normal cycle. What do girls think?

  27. My husband and I used the Shettles method FOUR times to make girls and ALL four times…we made a baby girl.My husband comes from a family of ALL boys!! So genetically I thought we’d have boys no matter what LoL.
    I also took it a step further and douched with a water and lemon juice mix before intercourse to make it ruff for male sperm. (I realize it’s not great to use lemon juice “down there.” I’m just sharing what worked for me . Use with caution . )
    Happy baby making everyone! Remember a healthy baby girl OR boy is really what matters!

    1. So you used shettles method 4 times for 4 girls? you wanted 4 girls…and no boys…:) i am just curious why ….wouldnt it be nice to have a mix?

      1. Did you mix it 50/50 or what!? I’m having an IUI Tuesday and would like to increase chances of having e girl since this is going to be the last shot and we have two beautiful little boys already. Thanks!

        1. I have a lil boy 3yrs and we lost our lil girl at 7 monthd pregnant. I would love to have a lil girl as my heart melts every time i see one
          I didmt care when i was pregnant as i just wanted a healthy baby but now i feel im missing my baby girl. :- (

  28. Hi everyone. So my partner and I weren’t planning on baby no.2 and have been using protection most of the time.. Surprise surprise I missed my period and have just found out that we are expecting! We already have a boy and would love a baby girl eventually. My partner comes from a family of four boys and I have two brothers!
    I have a feeling that it may be another boy as we hadn’t planned it and didn’t really use these methods to get a girl.
    Does anyone have any opinions on what sex it may be? We did missionary position and according to the my days app we conceived 2-3 days before ovulation. Thanks X

  29. I want to conceive a girl, I used to have a 28days cycle but now i have a 26days cycle but the last was 25day. Today is the 9th day of my cycle and I had intercourse. Pls do I need to repeat again tomorrow to conceive a girl or stop at today’s and hope for conception. Pls help.

  30. I used some of these tips to have a girl but I have 4 awesome boys. I guess my husband didn’t have any x sperm lol. Good luck everyone.

  31. It’s a girl! Thanks to these tips. We would of loved our boy just as much. Is it safe to have intense sex once 4 months.

  32. I’m following this recommendations and tip
    I have three boys and still I want to try getting baby girl. An under the will of God I wish to be the last try
    I’m starting to try this Tip
    My Plan to start the coming month October so this month I’m making my body leady for

    1. I just had a baby girl after 2 beautiful boys. My diet was high in calcium & magnesium. I have PCOS, & had been on metformin 9 months prior to conceiving. This medication helped to regulate my cycles (38 days). I ate low carb during this time period. What I figured was my husband & I had sex one time- about 12 hours AFTER ovulation. Missionary style & no orgasm for me. We did not find out the sex prior to her birth. However, my boys new it was a girl! Now we are home with her! Painting her room PINK! & assembling her white crib! Grateful to God for our amazing children!

  33. I am praying to have a baby girl I have cute boy and I made love with my husband 3 days before ovalation is any chance for me getting pregnant for a baby girl

  34. I have two boys and I want a girl next what can I do my periods are irregular due to use of family planning.I usually conceived at the last day of my periods pliz advice

    1. mine were irregular too. so if you stick with eating foods that are high in calcium and magnesium (yogurt, hard cheese, canned salmon, rhubarb, spinach, tofu, oatmeal, broccoli and oranges,
      almonds, brazilnuts and cashew nuts, whole wheat cereals, figs and beans), frequent sex, and not deep penetration (missionary style works best) then you will still be able to put the odds of conceiving a baby girl a lot higher.

  35. I think in the future i’ll try these tips i really want to have 2 or 3 girls. just girls, i don’t want to have boys, Girls are better.

  36. Hey girls i have 2 lovely boys. Hubby and i are try for a girl and we have started after my period and hopefully do some love making, lots of it before my ovulation also trust in the Almighty God. Good luck ALL # finger Crossed#.

  37. I have three boys and was told my fourth was a boy, but when I went for the anatomy scan I was told I was having a girl;) I remember conceiving my boys right after my period (no more than a week a after). I did the opposite with this pregnancy and it worked! Good luck to everyone and God bless you all!

  38. Hi i have two lovely boys and would not mind a girl but i have believe its God who gives children so am trusting God for a baby girl

  39. Hii.. I have 3 boys an am really hoping for a girl sooo bad… I just removed my inplanoon an im hoping to get pregnant soon, an trying some of this methos even tho its a lil hard (wen ur in the moment) but tryng really hard.. I dnt knw how long its gnna take me to get pregnnat sense i had my inpl for almoust 6 years….

  40. I used the Shettles Method and it perfectly worked. I wanted a boy and I got a boy. Now I am looking forward to getting a girl through the same method.

  41. Hi I have 2 boys and my husband I would love a little girl. We haven’t started trying yet…….but are excited too. I have been tracking my cycles the last few months and I’m waiting for the right time. Praying for a little girl.

  42. Thanks ladies for all your comments and advice! This has been interesting to read and reflect on. We have 5 boys…. yep, 5, and we are considering another pregnancy. It would be a lot of fun to add a little girl to our family, but only God knows if that would be in His plans for us!!! Lol!

    My doctor says the odds of us conceiving a girl are pretty against us at this point! We are so blessed to have healthy children. Perhaps I’ll use a few of your tips and see if we can beat the odds! A baby girl is the prayer, but a healthy baby is the ultimate goal and prayer!

  43. I and hubby are wants a baby girl badly as we already have three cute boys . Will try these tips and see how it goes. Thanks ladies for all the info. Good luck to us all

  44. Hi guys! I just gave birth to happy healthy baby a few days ago. And guess what? She is a happy healthy baby girl named Alice Marie Rose Morgan(10/15/18) I used the Shettles method. It may not have been fun with no orgasam or penetration but me and my husband are proud happy parents.

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