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The Shettle’s Method Part I: How to Conceive a Boy

In the early 1960s, Dr. Landrum B. Shettles published a groundbreaking report on the individual characteristics of Y-bearing (boy-producing) and X-bearing (girl-producing) sperm. He asserted that the Y sperm are lighter in weight, swim faster, but die sooner—the X sperm are heavier, swim slower, but live longer. While this theory is often debated, it is typically considered more reputable than many old wives tales.

Thousands of couples have turned to the Shettles method for learning how to conceive a boy. And thousands have been blessed with the boy they hoped for. In fact, the properly applied Shettles method gives couples at least a 75 percent success rate.

In his book, How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby: The Method Best Supported by Scientific Evidence , Dr. Shettles and David Rorvik discuss the issues which will help you learn how to conceive a boy. Some of the basic ideas are listed below, but  you will need to purchase this book in order to get the full details.

Determining the Time of Ovulation:

Because many women don’t know when they’re ovulating, Shettles suggests they track several cycles to observe their body’s signals before attempting conception. Determining when you ovulate is vital when you are learning how to conceive a boy. Shettles recommends that you have sex as early as 24 hours before ovulation to no more than 12 hours past ovulation in order to increase your chances of conceiving a boy. The timing of intercourse in relation to ovulation is a vital factor in increasing your chances of having a boy.

Shettles suggests three specific ways in which to do this.

a. Charting Cervical Mucus

Dr Shettes goes into full detail on how to chart your cervical mucus. With this method of determining when you ovulate, you access your cervical mucus on a daily basis. Right before you ovulate, your cervical mucus should be very watery and very elastic. It’s consistency should be that of raw egg white.

b. Basal Body Temperature (BBT) Charting

Shettles also suggests that you use BBT charting along with charting your cervical mucus in order to gain as much information as possible in order to pinpoint when exactly you are ovulating.

In order to chart your basal body temperature ( BBT ), you will need to purchase a basal thermometer. Before you get up each morning, you will take your temperature before you do anything. Any activity can lead to innacurate temperature readings. At the time of ovulation, you will see a spike in your temperature which will indicate that you have already ovulated. Considering that you need to have intercourse as close to ovulation as possible, it is suggested that you track your BBT for at least 2 months to know when you are ovulating.

c. Using Ovulation Predictor Kits

The final way Shettles recommends for finding out the exact time you are ovulating is by using ovulation predictor kits. These kits detect when your body has released LH (Luteinizing Hormone), a precursor to ovulation. Dr Shettles goes into depth in his book on how to read the ovulating kit. Ovulation kits are available in pharmacies, but these kits are expensive and may not be accurate for women with irregular cycles.

Sexual Position:

Shettles suggests that if you are trying to conceive a boy, deep penetration from your partner, preferably with the “doggy style” position, will deposit the sperm closer to the cervix giving the more aggressive and quicker moving “boy” sperm a head start to fertilising the egg first.

Frequency and Timing of Intercourse:

Shettles says in order to increase the chances of having a boy, you should have sex no earlier than 24 hours before ovulation to 12 hours after ovulation.

Sex and Orgasms:

Make sure the woman can reach orgasm before the male partner ejaculates .The body produces substances after orgasm that makes the vaginal environment more alkaline, which favors the “boy” sperm. The contractions which accompany an orgasm help move the sperm up and into the cervix.

Considerations for the Men:

a. Saving the father’s sperm

For conceiving a boy, make sure the male partner did not ejaculate for 4 to 5 days before ovulation occurs

b. Keep the scrotum cool

The ideal temperature for sperm production is slightly below the average body temperature, which is why the sperm factory is located outside the body. Have your partner wear boxers. Wearing tight fitting underwear increases the heat levels around the testes and can, in turn, lower the sperm count. Wearing loose fitting underwear helps keep the testes cooler.

Considerations for the Woman:

a. Food Diet for Conceiving a Boy

For the female partner, avoid foods that have high acid. It is advisable to increase consumption of food which have a relatively low pH. This needs to be done to support the vaginal environment to be more alkaline than normal.

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