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How to Conceive a Girl

08 April 2015


Gender selection is a common topic of interest among some couples who are looking to conceive. Scientifically speaking, there are equal chances of conceiving a girl or a boy during pregnancy. The gender of the baby is determined by the genetic composition. Women carry two X chromosomes while men carry a Y and an X chromosome. When the X chromosome that is tied with the sperm reaches the egg first, the gender of the baby is set as female; else it is set as male. Interestingly, statistics reveal that the odds of conceiving a baby of a particular gender are higher when a woman has already conceived two babies of the same gender.

There are many theories that have been around for many years now on how couples can conceive a baby of a particular gender by following certain techniques such as aligning lunar cycles, diet, homeopathy, complimentary medicine and sexual positions to favor the conception of child of a certain gender, and while some claim to have success numbers to back them, others lack in scientific evidence.

Timing intercourse


The Shettles method came to the fore during the 1960s, and is named after Dr. Landrum B.Shettles who framed the theory. The main premise of the method is that the offspring's gender is affected based on the reproductive environment and the timing of intercourse. Traditionally, sperms that support the conception of a male offspring swim faster and survive for lesser periods than their female counterparts. As per the Shettles technique, couples should time their intercourse about two to four days prior to ovulation to conceive a girl. This way, only the girl sperms survive after ovulation and go on to fertilize eggs. The Shettles method also says that intercourse should be avoided when the vaginal mucus is clear and egg yolk-like, as this means that the woman is ovulating. It claims that there is a 75 percent chance of conceiving a girl with this method.

Diet


Tailoring the diet such that it increases the odds of a girl child is based on the premises that an acidic environment supports the conception of a female offspring. The cervical mucus typically has an acidic and thick disposition, and turns more alkaline and thin during ovulation. The acidic environment usually destroys most of the sperm, but girl sperms are seen to be more resilient and to survive for longer durations in acidic environments. Due to this, diets rich in acidic components have been tied with favoring the conception of a girl. However, care should be taken to see that only acidic foods are not consumed all the time. Calcium rich foods such as dairy products, raspberries and strawberries should be combined along with the acidic diet. Researchers say that a diet that has magnesium and calcium rich foods such as cheese, milk, rice, nuts and fish increases the chances of conceiving a girl. However, women should not restrict their diets to just a certain set of nutrients, as a balanced nutrient-rich diet is essential for a healthy and successful pregnancy.

Proven techniques


Some couples visit fertility clinics to increase their odds of conceiving a girl child. The treatment includes an IVF technique that is followed by fertilization in a laboratory. After the embryo has been formed, the cell is tested for the gender of the baby. However, this method is usually done only for medical reasons, such as instances where the couple carries an unfavorable or lethal gene that only affects males. IVF is extremely expensive. Another technique that has grown popular and is a little less invasive is the Microsort method where the sperm is separated in a lab and then subjected to intrauterine insemination. The associated success rates of conceiving a girl are nearly 85 percent. Fertility clinics in Thailand, Philippines, China, India, Malaysia and Singapore are especially popular among couples looking at gender selection, as they consist of top-notch medical professionals and state-of-the-art equipment, and offer treatments at highly affordable prices.





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