Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2008 - Toronto, ON
I went to a website that said if I wanted to have a girl to have intercourse 4 or 5 days before ovulating and if I wanted to have a boy to have intercourse as close to ovulation as possible! I would prefer to have a girl but this is our 3rd month trying so we are just doing it as much as possible because we don’t know how long it will take to actually concieve! Do you think this has some truth to it?
Post # 2
Definitely not. I think the odds are always 50/50 or extremely close, no matter what you do.
Post # 3
Unfortunately, looks like the Shettles Method might be a bunch of hokey pokey after all 🙁
Post # 4
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
- 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
- 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)! 😉
Post # 7
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
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 # 10
Nope. You have no control over it.
Post # 11
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
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 😉
Post # 13
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 🙁
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 🙂 haha I wasn’t real serious about it, but I figured, “why not!”
Post # 14
BDd on a Tuesday, O’d on Friday. Had a boy.
That’s about as much as I know 🙂
Post # 15
Nope there is no fool proof to produce one gender or the other.