(Closed) Do you believe in shettles method? Personal experiences?

posted 7 years ago in TTC
  • poll: does this method work?



  • Post # 2
    11734 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It makes sense in theory but I don’t believe it actually works (maybe slightly increased your chance if anything). I should have had a boy according to it and my daughter is definitely all girl!

    Post # 3
    2513 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2015

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    MissGeeBee:  I recently read a book that said this worked backwards to the way the it’s intended.   And that it was something like only 60% accurate. (The book was the impatient woman’s guide to getting pregnant.)

    In talking about it, we realized that right now we have zero preference. One of us would argue for one sex, as soon as the other started to agree we’d flip sides!  

    Post # 4
    3003 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

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    MissGeeBee:  From what I’ve read it doesn’t really work. However, we had sex every other day and then right before I think I ovulated (based on a OPK) we did it twice in two days- I had a boy so I guess it “worked” for us, although we weren’t trying for a boy, just trying for a baby 🙂

    Post # 5
    3376 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I don’t think it works.  From research, it seems there is no statistically significant difference between the chances of having a girl or boy based on timing of sex (meaning, it’s still basically 50-50 – the best I’ve seen is maybe giving you a 2% boost in your chance of having what you’re trying for).  

    For us, we’ll see (our anatomy scan is in mid-November), but we had sex on ovulation day and the day before, then also 3 and 4 days before, so theoretically I’d think that balances out the chances (there could have been those longer lasting X sperm waiting on ovulation day, plus those faster Y sperm getting in there right at ovulation time).  But, yeah, I don’t believe it really makes any difference – you have essentially a 50-50 shot of getting either.

    Post # 6
    9791 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I think we had sex about 3-4 days before I ovulated (based on my ultrasound, not charting) and we have a girl.  I’m not sure if it works, I’d guess there might be a slight increase in your chance but I doubt it’s a very big increase.

    Post # 7
    3751 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    No other scientific research has been able to reproduce Dr. Shettles results. It’s just not accurate. By his method I should be having a girl and it’s most definitely a boy.

    Post # 8
    2605 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I know this post is a week old, but I just stumbled across it and had to comment anyway! 

    I’m in a pregnancy group on FB, and there are four of us due around the same time (curently 26 weeks).  Based on the Shettles Method, all four of us should be having the opposite sex that we’re actually having.  It’s kind of funny, because I really, really wanted a boy, and I’m pregnant with a girl, and one of the other women (who is about a week behind me) really, really wanted a girl and is having a boy.

    While the idea seems to make sense, it doesn’t seem that it really makes much of a difference in practice.

    Post # 9
    4581 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I don’t buy it.

    DH and I did the deed the day I ovulated and I had a girl.

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