How to Increase the Chance of Conceiving a Boy

There are many reasons why a couple may wish to conceive a boy. Perhaps they already have several daughters, or there are already many girls in the family. Whatever the reasons for wanting to have a son, there are actually many tricks that increase the chances of conceiving a boy. As long as you are fertile and able to become pregnant, you can use the natural methods below to increase the odds of having a baby boy.

First, understand the key differences between Y-chromosome sperm (male sperm), and X-chromosome sperm (female sperm). Male sperm are actually smaller, lighter, faster, and more fragile than their female counter parts. Male sperm live for only a day or two, while female sperm can live for several days. By exploiting their differences, you can create conditions that favor the male sperm reaching the egg first.

Avoid having sex the first four days before ovulation. Since female sperm are extremely hardy, they can survive in a woman's body for a long time while waiting for the egg to be released. They are slow swimmers but strong. While the male sperm are dying off, the female sperm will be swimming to meet the egg.

Try to conceive on the day of ovulation, or one or two days after. Since male sperm swim faster, they will have a higher chance of reaching the egg first.

Avoid alcohol and cigarettes if you are the father. Since male sperm are very fragile, men who drink and smoke heavily will have fewer male sperm, and will therefore be less likely to father a male child. A woman can increase her chances of conceiving a boy by keeping her man away from alcohol and cigarettes.

When doing the deed, the man should try to ejaculate as far as possible inside the woman so that the sperm are deposited closer to the egg. This will give the Y chromosome sperm an advantage.

Keep in mind none of these techniques is fool proof, and there may still be some individual female sperm cells that are quite fast. If one of these reaches the egg first, you will have a girl.

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