If you’re anything like us, you might justify pricey or slightly outrageous purchases by saying you’ll eventually give them to your daughter. Or maybe you’re already the mum of girls and are desperate for them to have a little brother. While nature is pretty much in charge of your baby’s sex that doesn’t mean we can’t try and influence the outcome with a little bit of nurture.We’ve rounded up the most tried and true tips. You know, just in case.
50-odd years of use and apparently a 75% success rate, this method focuses on the belief that male sperm swim faster but don’t survive for that long. Female sperm, however, swim slower but are more resilient. So, attempting to conceive two days before ovulation means by the time ovulation occurs, you’re more likely to have female sperm left to fertilise the egg!
In keeping with the notion that male sperm is less resilient, they also less likely to survive in acidic environments. Regularly eating acidic foods – such as fruit, unsweetened yoghurt and milk, and soy products – in the run up to ovulation can influence the pH where it counts. Just don’t stick with a high acid diet full time.
Attempting to conceive more often means that the fastest swimmers are out of the way early and leave behind the more relaxed female sperm. It follows, then, that trying frequently trying reduces the average sperm count and the fast ones will go first.
Despite being super-fast already, a little caffeine can go a long way to super charge male sperm. Indulge in an espresso shot or caffeinated soft drink about 15-20 minutes before you try to conceive.
Conceiving as close to ovulation as possible takes advantage of those lightning-fast swimmers. Since the chances of them reaching the goal sooner, you want there to be something there to greet them when they arrive. Their advantage over the girls is speed, not durability.
Since everything is a little bit warmer in briefs, wearing boxers gives male sperm a higher survival rate and keeps conditions nice and cool for them and ready to go when it’s time.
Of course, no method you try has a 100% success rate and any dietary or routine changes should be cleared with your doctor but no matter what – a happy baby is all that really matters!
TRYING FOR GIRLS vs TRYING FOR BOYS
Words by Hannah Finnigan-Walsh