Want to know how to conceive a baby girl and lower the chances of conceiving a baby boy?
The Shettles Method for gender selection is often used by couples who are wanting to conceive a girl. While we’re going to cover the basics of this method, to learn more about the specifics and to carry out the method, please check out the book for more detailed information.
Landrum B. Shettles developed this method to help with influencing a baby’s gender before it is conceived. The method helps improve the chances of having a baby girl. However, it is important to note that it is not 100% perfect but can increase your success of having your chosen gender by 75 to 90 percent! The Shettles Method uses positioning during intercourse, timing of it and when you are ovulating as a way to help increase the chances.
Knowing Your Ovulation Period
There is a theory that “girl” sperm is able to last longer and is more durable than its male counterparts. To increase the chances of having a girl, you will need to work out when you will ovulate. Chart your cycle over two to three months, at least, and then you can time it right to make sure you conceive a girl. Ovulation is clear by your basal body temperature and charting the cervical mucus. You can also use ovulation predictor kits to determine when the time is right. By using everything together, you instantly increase the chances of getting the date perfect.
The downside of ovulation kits is that they give you warning of between 24 and 36 hours before it is about to happen. This isn’t long enough for those wanting a girl since you need to make sure you have sex a few days before ovulation begins.
Getting the Timing Perfect
By recording your results, you will have developed the knowledge of your cycle. Three to four days before you ovulate, you want to have unprotected intercourse. This is when your vaginal area and cervical mucus have higher acidic levels, which helps increase the chances of having a girl – the girl sperm can resist the acidic climate more than boy sperm. When your cervical mucus looks more like egg white when raw, you will have to watch out. This is less acidic, which is something the boy sperm like and increases the chances of having a boy.
Eating the Right Diet
The food you eat can also have an impact on the gender of your baby. A diet that is high in calcium and magnesium, but low in sodium and potassium, can help increase the chances of conceiving a baby girl. Foods like dairy products, green leafy vegetables, and nuts are great sources of these minerals. It is also important to avoid foods that are high in salt and potassium, such as bananas and potatoes, as they can create an environment that is more favourable for male sperm.
Getting the Right Position for Sex
The right sex position is important for having a girl. The Shettles Method states that shallow penetration is best for having a girl. Your partner needs to have his orgasm closer to the entrance to the vagina where it is more acidic. The boy sperm is much weaker and will find it harder to find the egg. The usual missionary position, where the man is on top while the woman is on her back, is perfect for trying to conceive a girl. It is also important for the woman not to have an orgasm – this leads to fluids being released and reduces the level of acidic nature so the boy sperm will last longer. The contractions of orgasm also lead to the body pulling the sperm up into it so that it is in the right place to wait for the egg. The boy sperm will be ready and it will decrease the chances of having a girl – not something that you really want to happen!
Using A Fertility Lubricant
Many couple choose to use a fertility lubricant such as Pre-Seed or Conceive Plus when trying for a baby. But can your choice of lubricant influence the gender of your unborn child? A mumsnet post asked this very question. Did the ladies in the group have a boy or a girl when using Pre-Seed. Needless to say, the results were mixed!
In conclusion, there are several things you can do to increase the chances of conceiving a baby girl. By tracking your cycle, eating the right diet, and using position to your advantage, you can give yourself the best chance of having the daughter you have been dreaming of. Remember, however, that no method is foolproof, and the most important thing is to love and cherish your baby, no matter their gender.
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This post first appeared in July 2013 and has been updated since