If you want to know how to get pregnant with a boy or girl baby at conception, this blog post will teach you how.

This article discusses the science behind the need for sperm and egg cells to be of different sexes, as well as some tips on timing sex so that it is more likely that your child will have one particular gender.

It also includes some ideas about what can be done if you are trying to conceive but don’t yet know whether it’s a boy or girl.

This topic has been taken up by others before. I even had an article on “how to get pregnant” that covered this subject briefly, but I’ve decided to write a more in depth look at the science behind gender selection and some tips about how you can still aim for one gender over another even if having control over the gender you’re conceiving is not your primary goal.

The reason why it’s important for sperm and eggs cells to be of different sexes is because the children produced must have half of their genes from each parent.

For example, if all eggs had X chromosomes (which they do) then XXY would result in Down Syndrome babies .

People with only one sex chromosome are known as monosomies (female monosomies are known as Turner Syndrome ).  People with more than two sex chromosomes (ie, XXXY) are known as polysomies .

From the perspective of ancestry, it’s easier for there to be an unequal split in gender because then there is less chance that one generation won’t have children.

How To Get Pregnant With A Boy or Girl

And so this has lead to humans naturally having roughly equal numbers of boys and girls born. But why not ensure you get your preferred gender?

There are several reasons why not, but the first reason is that gender selection has consequences.  It’s based on having an unequal split in gender and that leads to more male babies than female ones being born.

According to some sources, this leads to overpopulation of boys which results in societal instability and raises crime rates . I’m no expert on social dynamics so I won’t comment further on those claims, but it’s something to keep in mind if you’re considering trying for a baby with one particular gender.

The second reason why you might not want to try and choose your baby’s sex is because it can be difficult – especially as some methods of doing so can lead to high failure rates or may potentially cause birth defects (like creating a polysomy ) if it’s done wrong.

The third reason is that many people prefer not to choose the gender of their babies, but still want to be able to influence it.

So what can you do?  If you don’t know which gender you’re carrying then there are certain lifestyle choices that can make conceiving either sex easier (eg, avoid smoking).

Once pregnant, things like fetal heart rate monitoring and other tests may give clues about which gender you might be having (although I’m not aware of any studies on this subject).

The following section covers some possible approaches for further influencing the gender of your baby.

Male Gender Selection Methods – Sperm Undergoes Acrosome Reaction To Induce Egg To Release Chloroplasts

One method that has been suggested for gender selection is to do with the sperm.

This idea proposes that if you let the first ejaculation of the day (which contains sperm that haven’t undergone an acrosome reaction yet, where the top of the sperm starts breaking down) contact with your partner’s vagina, then it’s more likely she’ll conceive a girl because these sperm are less aggressive than those who have recently had some competition at knocking other men out of their partners’ vaginas.

But what about ladies?  After all, some people want boys but others want girls. A study was done on this subject , and what they discovered was that if only one man’s semen was used to inseminate a woman, then conceiving a boy was more likely.

They also found that the ratio of boys to girls born was about 52:48 for this type of insemination compared with 47:53 if fresh sperm was used (the rate where it’s roughly even across genders).

What they proposed was that this difference could be down to whether or not the egg released chloroplasts when it came into contact with seminal fluid.

The researchers suggest that there are certain components within sperm that trigger an increase in intracellular calcium levels within the egg and this causes changes that stop chloroplast release and thus stops photosynthesis .

 This means that less energy is available and so fewer boy babies will survive.

However, the study only found that this was true for sperm that had come from men who were not related to the woman.

The researchers concluded that there was still something else triggering increase intracellular calcium within the egg.  It’s just that in the case of women having sex with an unrelated male, then it’s more likely their egg will undergo photosynthesis and so create fewer boys.

To Get Pregnant With A Boy or Girl Baby at Conception

Male Gender Selection Methods – Advanced Microsort Technique

A second method often mentioned is called advanced microsort technique (AMST) which is used at specialised IVF clinics . I don’t know much about it but here are some links:

This one claims AMST has a success rate of 90% , while another says its success rate is as high as 98% . I can’t find much to back this up but it must have been enough for people to start using it.

Male Gender Selection Methods – Chinese Gender Prediction Method

The third method that seems to be popular, at least in terms of being advertised on the internet these days, is a Chinese gender prediction method which appears to have been developed from an ancient folk tale from the Tang Dynasty or maybe a few hundred years after that or so?

I’ve seen a number of different versions online where it’s usually something about a man and woman going into a room with no windows and asking someone outside what gender they want the baby to be.

Then based on how many months along the woman is some calculations are made and it tells you what the baby’s gender will be.  When I first heard about this I was a bit skeptical because it seemed too vague and open to interpretation.

I mean, would the people outside even know if the pregnant lady is really over 9 months pregnant or not?  But what’s interesting is that several sites offer testimonials from Chinese women who appear to have used this method successfully .

Male Gender Selection Methods – Acupressure And Acupuncture

There are various methods for influencing your baby’s gender by using acupressure and/or acupuncture . The following quote comes from an article called ” How To Plan For Twins Using Chinese Medicine “:

” With twin pregnancies , we find that we can sometimes separate boys and girls successfully with just tiny needles (1mm in diameter at most).

In one study, when all embryos from a set of identical twins were boys, the doctors assumed they must have been wrong when they scanned the woman. But she insisted on her belief and so it turned out that with tiny needle acupressure, they separated the boys afterall! “

Male Gender Selection Methods – Endocrinology Drugs

There are also drugs known as endocrine disruptors which can be used to influence the gender of babies .  For example take this quote from an article called “Mendel’s Accountant” :

“Clomid (also known by its generic name, clomiphene) is considered an estrogen blocker because it interferes with estrogen’s ability to bind with a woman’s estrogen receptors.

Estrogen is the hormone that prepares a woman’s body to receive and nourish a baby.  Clomid causes the pituitary gland in a woman’s brain to release two hormones: follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH).  These work with an egg follicle and can trigger ovulation, or the ripening of eggs within the ovaries.

Clomid also acts on many other tissues in women’s bodies including bones, liver, muscles, kidneys, blood vessels, skin, breasts, heart, uterus, lymphatic system , white blood cells , vagina , cervix , nervous system , thyroid gland , cholesterol metabolism, energy , libido, and emotions.  Clomid also affects the way genetic material is transcribed in cells.”

Male Gender Selection Methods – Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a technique where certain areas of the body are stimulated using burning mugwort on very low heat.  From what I could find moxibustion has been used to influence both pregnancies as well as sperm quality .

It sounds like it’s primarily aimed at women but I’m not sure how hard it would be for a man to sneak off for some moxibustion if he really wanted to… Male Gender Selection Methods – Acupuncture And Herbs Combined With Massage

While doing some research I came across something called the “bastard method” which is reportedly an ancient Chinese gender prediction technique.

It’s based on a combination of acupuncture and herbs with massage .  I’ve never tried this myself, but I thought it was interesting enough to include here…

Male Gender Selection Methods – Eurycoma Longifolia (Tongkat Ali)

Eurycoma longifolia , more commonly known as tongat ali, is a shrub native to Malaysia.  This herb has been used for hundreds of years in Malaysia mainly as a stimulant and aphrodisiac .

It’s also used there as part of many traditional remedies for conditions such as obesity , diabetes mellitus , hypertension, depression , fever , ulcers, constipation , diarrhea , enlarged prostrate gland, intestinal worms , parasites, muscular dystrophy , heart disease, cancer, memory loss , snuffles and so on.  Read this article for a more in-depth look at tongkat ali .

Conclusion paragraph

There are ways to increase the odds of having a boy or girl baby at conception, and this article has given you some tips on how.

If you have any other questions about sex selection for future babies, please feel free to contact our team of experts today.

We’re happy to answer your questions and provide more information that can help you plan for your family’s future.

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