(Closed) Do you believe you can pick the gender by timing intercourse?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
3863 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Definitely not. I think the odds are always 50/50 or extremely close, no matter what you do.

Post # 3
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Unfortunately, looks like the Shettles Method might be a bunch of hokey pokey after all πŸ™

Post # 4
3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Well, my husband and I were willing to at least give it a try, as we really wanted a girl. However, as the months ticked by that plan went out through the window. Now we’re expecting (team green) and even though I would still be thrilled to get a girl I’m just so happy that it happened at all. That said, if we do get a boy we would probably stick with the “4-5 days before ovulation plan” if we ever go for a sibling.

Really curious though to hear if anyone else feels like they’ve been successful using this method!

Post # 5
9754 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

Hm. I don’t think it has to do with timing so much as vaginal chemistry (pH). Perhaps try looking into that.


I feel like this is probably the reason why there are families with 5 girls. The man is always going to be 50/50 but the environment of the vagina and uterus also play a role in determining which sperm make it to the egg.

Post # 6
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

It’s unlikely but possible that vaginal pH and sperm “friendly” environmens affect sex. And it’s always sex, not gender (gender is between the ears, sex is between the legs)! πŸ˜‰

Post # 7
5659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My mom insists that this method gave her my little brother lol. I mean, we might try it for our second, but I don’t think it has much merit and most likely it’s all a total crapshoot!

Post # 8
857 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

It’s not real. Gender comes from the sperm and has nothing to do with your ovulation. It’s a 50/50 shot. However, if it makes you feel good and its not gonna harm anything try it

Post # 9
35 posts

short answer – no

Post # 10
9089 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Nope. You have no control over it.

Post # 11
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

MRS-K:  Nope, I don’t think this would work. 

As far as I know, gender is always determined by the sperm but some men tend to have more of one or the other.

For my real life examples which may or may not hold any actual significance: My dad has 7 kids, but 5 of them are girls. He has 7 kids with 5 different women, so it’s got to be him and not the mother(s). One of those sons had 4 daughters and no boys! That’s 9 girls out of 11 babies!

Father-In-Law has 3 boys, and all the men in his family have mostly boys too. I expect boys based on this, although I would love to have a girl.

Post # 12
1472 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

cherrypie:  Yes, this!! I keep mentioning to people whenever they ask if I’m finding out the gender that it is impossible! We ARE finding out the sex though πŸ˜‰

Post # 13
2814 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

What you’re talking about is commonly known as the Shettles Method. Later in life, Shettles admitted that further research showed that his method wasn’t necesarrily correct after all πŸ™

There is a webiste, I think it’s genderdreaming, that is SERIOUS about gender swaying. From diet, to timing, to pH.

With my Dear Daughter, we concieved her 5 days before ovulating (confirmed by charting). She was the first girl born to DH’s family in 78 years. Looking back, my diet and lifestyle very much mimiced what is recommened for a girl-sway diet.

This pregnancy, we’re not finding out gender until birth, but I did sway for a boy through timing, diet, lifestyle and DH’s diet and lifestyle as well. I will let you know in 5 months what the result was πŸ™‚ haha I wasn’t real serious about it, but I figured, “why not!”

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Post # 14
1132 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

BDd on a Tuesday, O’d on Friday. Had a boy. 

That’s about as much as I know πŸ™‚

Post # 15
6889 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Nope there is no fool proof to produce one gender or the other. 

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