I have always wanted a baby boy but I couldn’t try for a boy as my first pregnancy was an unplanned one. So this time round, I hope I can increase the chances of conceiving a baby boy, and this is why I decided to do some research and gather some advice from my friends prior to ahem you know.
Although there is no medical evidence that any of them will work and some may say it’s old wives’ tales, but there’s no harm trying it right?
Don’t be mistaken, I don’t have a preference over a baby boy. I’m just hoping for a balance yin (feminine) and yang (masculine) in the family. Who knows we might need this little masculine help when me and my partner grows old and weak?
So here’s what I have gathered prior to trying to conceive for a baby boy. If you plan to conceive a baby boy, you might find this useful.
Know your Eggs and Sperms Characteristics!
Before you try any tips or method you have seen or heard, it’s important to know the characteristics of your eggs and sperms.
- Your egg can only survives no more than 24 hours after you’ve ovulated.
- If fertilization does not occur the egg dissolves after 24 hours. At this time your hormone levels will decrease.
- Sperms can survive inside the female body for up to 5 days.
- There are 2 types of sperm: X is girl and Y is Boy. They actually determine the gender of your baby.
- Male Sperm (Y) is smaller and swim faster but it is weaker and dies faster in the female body.
- Female Sperm (X) swim slower but live longer in the female body.
- Male Sperm (Y) usually lives 1 to 1.5 days during your fertile period.
- Female Sperm (X) usually lives around 3 days during your fertile period. In some cases, it can live up to 5 days.
Here’s 8 Tips to Conceive for a Baby Boy
Tips 1: It’s all bout the timing!
By knowing the eggs and sperms characteristics, you will be able to plan how to make Male Sperm (Y) to meet the egg first. The Shettles Method suggest that you should do the deed 1 day before or actual day of your ovulation date. If you have sex several days before your ovulation, then the male sperm may die off which will leave more female sperm to fertilize on the egg. This method has a higher success rate of 75% at conceiving a baby boy.
Tips 2: A Deeper Penetration
That’s not the end yet, Dr Shettles suggest that a deeper penetration near to the cervix will help increase the chance of conceiving a baby boy. Because male sperm can swim and reach the eggs faster than female sperm. Besides, this helps shorten the distance to travel to the eggs as male sperm dies faster. So get the position right and get him to ejaculate deeper inside when he is ahem!
Tips 3: Alkaline Foods Diet for Boy
It is said that sperms will dies off easier in an acidic conditions and they survive longer in a alkaline conditions. Thus, it is recommended to start a pre-conception diet for women aiming for a baby boy a week before they try to make love. To do so, make sure your intake of pre-conception diet should be higher in sodium and potassium and lesser in calcium and magnesium.
You want to make sure your body PH level is towards the alkaline side, so that you can preserved the male sperm to live longer as they can only live 1-1.5 days.
Here what you should eat and avoid.
Tips 4: The Female Orgasms for a Baby Boy
Tips 5: Men to keep themselves Cool
It is said that a hot bath will kill off both the male and the female sperms but the weaker and smaller sperm (male sperm) will be killed first. Thus, it is suggest to ask your partner to have a cold bath instead to support the male sperm. Also, get your partner to wear boxer shorts and loose fitting pants.
Tips 6: Keep the Sperms Count High
As male sperm is weaker than female sperm, it is suggest to keep your partner sperm count high. This can be done by avoiding sex 1-2 weeks before your ovulation as you want to save the day to do the deed on the ovulation day. The higher the sperm count will mean more male sperm swimming to the egg first.
Tips 7: Know your Ovulation Date
There are a few ways to find out your ovulation period but finding out your actual ovulation date is a science. On average, a woman’s cycle is normally between 28-32 days. To calculate your ovulation period, you will need to use the 1st day of the last menstrual period (LMP) or by calculating 12-16 days from the next expected period. If your average menstrual cycle is 28 days, you ovulate around day 14 and that is the peak- that is your actual day of your ovulation.
Remember an egg is only available to be fertilized for about 12-24 hours, but you may still be fertile for up to 5-7 days.
Let’s take a look at the illustration below so you know where I am coming from. The illustration will explains everything.
However, this is most accurate and useful if you are trying to conceive with no gender preferences. But, do bear in mind that the 5-7 days ovulation windows is important to test your LH surge to conceive a boy. I have explain more at Tips 8.
Tips 8: Relations between LH surge and ovulation
Near your ovulation windows, your brain will send a signal called LH surge to the ovary to indicate that your egg matured. This is when your estrogen level increase and the brain release a kind of hormone to the ovary which causes the egg to thin and escape and this is when your ovulation period will start to takes effect.
By knowing this, you can check when your LH surge will occur by using an ovulation predictor kit. The Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test claimed over 99% accuracy in pinpointing your 2 most fertile days. The test works by detecting the increase LH surge in your urine. The LH surge occurs approcimately 24-36 hours prior to the release of an egg from your ovaries – a process known as ovulation. You are most fertile the day before and on the day your LH surge is detected.
Your 2 most fertile days begin from the time that Clearblue Digital Ovulation Test detects your LH surge, this means you can increase your chances of conceiving a baby boy once your LH surge is detected!
Note: I’m not affiliate of The Clearblue Digital product.
Just sharing what I have found as I’m so going to aim for a Boy~
Wish me good luck next month and wait for my good news! =)