How to Raise the Chances of Having a Boy

Gender selection, the process of predetermining the sex of your baby, is a controversial topic in medicine. Personal and societal pressures have led people to attempt to selectively conceive boys or girls for millennia. This has led to much superstition and hearsay surrounding the topic. Today, modern medical technology allows parents to choose the sex of their children, though the most effective methods remain costly and time-intensive. Other, less-well verified techniques also exist for choosing a baby’s sex — though most doctors and fertility experts regard these methods as ineffective, some research results claim that these techniques may increase the chances of conceiving a boy or girl. To learn several methods to increase your chances of having a boy, see Step 1 below to get started.

How To Get Pregnant With A Boy

1. Determine the mother’s ovulation date. The Shettles Method is a collection of techniques purported to be useful for increasing the chance of conceiving babies of the desired sex. According to the Shettles Method, having sex as close to ovulation as possible increases the odds of having a boy. If you don’t already know when the mother is likely to ovulate, follow the instructions below to determine your ovulation date:

  • Observe the cervical mucus each day. Right before ovulation, the mucus should be elastic and watery, similar in consistency to a raw egg white. Shettles recommends charting the cervical mucus for at least a month prior to conception.
  • Take your temperature each morning before you get out of bed. Just after ovulation, your temperature will spike. Because you will want to have sex as close to ovulation as possible, it is advised to chart your BBT at least 2 months prior to conception to get a sense for when your ovulation is likely to occur in the following month.
  • Use an ovulation predictor kit. These kits, which are available at most pharmacies or through online suppliers, detect when your body releases luteinizing hormone (LH) prior to ovulation. To catch the LH surge as soon as possible, Shettles recommends testing twice a day, preferably between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for the first test and between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. for the second test.

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