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 Method 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 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.