How to conceive a girl: Best time to conceive a girl
Published: June 4, 2015, 7:42 p.m. - Last Update: July 16, 2015, 1:16 p.m.
A baby’s sex is determined by the genetic make-up of chromosomes. If the chromosomes constitute XX, a girl is conceived; if XY, a boy is conceived. The mother can only contribute an X chromosome, while the father can contribute either X or Y. Hence, the gender of the baby is determined by the father. While there is no recipe that guarantees the conception of either sex, there are ways to enhance your chances.
The Sex Pre-Selection Study performed by Dr. France, requires you to know your cycle and ovulation day. If you are a Daysy user, you can figure out your predicted ovulation day using your daysyView app. Dr. France determined a high correlation between sperm survival time longer than two days and the conception of a boy. In other words, intercourse on days 5 and 4 prior to ovulation will have a higher likelihood of resulting in a boy, while intercourse on the day prior to and the day of ovulation will more likely result in a girl.
More commonly known in the US, the Shettles Method also requires you to know your cycle and ovulation day. This method suggests if you are trying for a girl, you should have intercourse about 2-4 days prior to ovulation, and abstain 1-2 days before ovulation is happening, as well as a few days after. The idea is for the slower, but more resilient female sperm to remain in the fallopian tubes to fertilize the egg. If you have intercourse close to or on the day of ovulation, the fast swimming male sperm is more likely to fertilize the egg.
Certain sex positions are believed to be more helpful in the attempt of conceiving a girl. Any position that allows a shallow penetration is supposed to be beneficial, such as the missionary position. The further the sperm is away from the cervix, the more likely to conceive a girl, since the fast swimming boy sperm can only swim for a short duration, while the girl sperm can swim longer.
Eating a vegetarian diet that is high in calcium and magnesium such as fruit, broccoli, and nuts are said to increase your chances of conceiving a girl. You can also mix in some acidic foods, since an acidic environment is favorable for girl sperm. Eating more acidic foods prior to ovulation can increase your chances of conceiving a girl.
No method is guaranteed to deliver the gender of choice, but many couples have fun trying to predict using these methods.