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There are many women, in fact, families, that secretly wish to get a boy baby born. While couples should always focus on having a healthy baby, due to cultural and social factors persisting in the Indian society, even now, there are couples who prefer to plan their sex with the desire to have a male child.

And with this, spreads old wives’ stories. Stories of how one can conceive a baby boy. Stories of when to have intercourse, what foods to eat, what clothes to wear and so and so.

According to traditional beliefs, only a boy child can take a family's succession forward and can look after the parents when they get old.

While it may have been logical in the old times when a girl child didn't have resources to support a family, the theory is just outdated in modern times. Besides, with so many advancements in science today, we all know that the gender of a baby is influenced by father’s sperm. And still, we have numerous tips roaming around the web and in random conversation on how to conceive a boy. In a society where people still have faith in horoscopes, it's not surprising to see people believing in these tales.

Following are some of the myths that all women who are trying to conceive a baby and intending to conceive a boy should read. These myths would help you relate to all the tips given by your friends and relatives on conceiving a baby boy and you should be reading this because stories aren’t always true.

(Read more: Myths surrounding signs you are pregnant with a baby boy)

  1. Timing sex around fertile days for baby boy
  2. Sex position to get a baby boy
  3. Changing your vaginal pH to get pregnant with a baby boy
  4. Woman should have an orgasm to get a baby boy
  5. Eating some foods to conceive a baby boy
  6. Frequency of sex to conceive a baby boy
  7. Supplements can help you conceive a baby boy
  8. Coffee to conceive a baby boy
  9. Taking cough syrup to conceive a boy
  10. Have sex on new moon day to conceive a boy
  11. Few other myths on how to conceive a boy
  12. Bottom line on conceiving a baby boy
  13. Doctors for How to conceive a baby boy naturally- myths and facts

Myth

According to folk wisdom, one of the most common suggestions to conceive a baby boy is to plan intercourse time 12 hours before ovulation. And if you want a baby girl, then you should have sex once your periods end until two to fours days before ovulation. And avoid having sex which doesn't come in this planned time.

Fact

It is unlikely to time sex to be exactly 12 hours before ovulation. Research has found that no method of at-home ovulation tracking is that accurate. Avoiding sex in the two days before you expect to ovulate means you are missing your most fertile days. Also, avoiding sex when you have egg-white quality cervical mucus also means you’re avoiding your most fertile time.

Myth

If you want a baby boy, use sex positions like doggy style that get the semen as close to the cervix as possible so that Y-sperm cells can be given the advantage to swim faster. If you want to have a girl, have sex in the missionary position, so the semen is deposited slightly away from the cervix, where the vaginal environment is slightly more acidic.

Fact

The sexual position doesn’t influence how fast particular sperm cells get to the egg. It is known that X sperm cells swim faster than Y-sperm cells.

Myth

If you want a baby boy, it is often suggested to douche your vagina with baking soda to increase the alkalinity of the area and to give Y-sperm cells an advantage. It is believed that the more acidic environment is said to favour having a girl and more alkaline environment increases your chances of having a baby boy.

This comes from the in vitro studies which say that X-sperm can withstand more acidic conditions than Y-sperm.

Fact

Douching can upset the natural pH balance of your vagina which may cause irritation and infection, and may also disturb the fertility-boosting cervical mucus that helps all sperm cells survive.

Myth

If you want to have a boy, the woman should have an orgasm which could help the Y-sperm cells to swim even faster. If you want to have a girl, the woman shouldn’t have an orgasm.

Fact

As mentioned above, it is science that says Y-chromosome carrying sperm cells do not swim faster on average than X-carry sperm cells. Plus, there’s no evidence which says that having or not having an orgasm will affect the sex of the child you conceive.

Myth

You must have heard of stories that if you eat foods rich in potassium and sodium, you are likely to conceive a baby boy, while if you eat foods rich in calcium and magnesium, you are likely to conceive a baby girl. For instance, eating a lot of bananas can help you conceive a baby boy.

Fact

Men influence the gender of the baby, not women. Men provide the sperm, which either has an X (girl) or Y (boy) sex-linked chromosome. When an X chromosome from the father’s sperm, fertilizes with the mother’s X chromosome (in her egg) it ends in a girl (XX) and when a Y chromosome from the sperm, combine with the mother’s X chromosome, it will end in a boy (XY).

Myth

As the old wife's tales go, men should have more frequent sex if they want a baby boy. Men with lower sperm counts are more likely to have girls and men with high sperm count are more likely to have a boy. Frequent sex statistically increases the chances of a Y-sperm fertilising the ova.

Fact

Having or not having sex doesn't influence sperm production or type of sperm that fuses with the ova. 

Myth

There are many couples who are secretly opting out for baby gender selection supplements available online or pharmacies. It is estimated that up to 60% of women in India who have a female child first take sex selection drugs for their second birth. These medicines claim to help you conceive a boy or a girl, per your desire.

Fact

Scientific evidence reveals the presence of hormones like testosterone and phytoestrogen along with some herbal ingredients in these supplements. These medicines have also been revealed to contain oestrogen and steroids that may cause malformation and defects in the child.

Myth

Men are often told to drink coffee or take caffeine before they have sex when planning a baby. It is proposed that this method would help increase the chances of Y-chromosome sperm fertilising the egg. Hence resulting in a boy foetus.

Fact

There is no scientific data that supports this fact. Obstetrician and gynaecologist suggest that there is an equal chance of a boy or a girl being born in every conception. No scientific study supports any method that helps to select to conceive one gender.

Myth

Many of you might have heard of this tip that tells women to take cough syrup when planning a baby. The theory behind this is that cough syrup helps loosened and thinner cervical mucus that further aids sperms to reach your egg. The more sperms cross through cervical mucus, the higher are the chances of having a male child.

Fact

You should take no medicine unless your doctor prescribes you.

Myth

There is much talk on the point that having intercourse on a new moon day helps you to conceive a boy. And having sex on full moon day helps conceive a girl. 

Fact

Although it has been found true in case of a girl, there is no scientific study that claims new moon intercourse helps in conceiving a boy. Moreover, these specific days fall once a month during your ovulation time, so you cannot afford to waste your fertility period waiting for this day in a desire to conceive a baby.

  • It is more likely to conceive a girl if you have intercourse in the afternoon and on an even day of the month, while you are more likely to conceive a boy if you have sex at night and on odd days
  • You would conceive a boy if your husband keeps his testicles cool by not wearing briefs and wearing boxer shorts and loose-fitting trousers
  • A woman should not skip her breakfast if she wants to conceive a baby boy
  • A woman should increase their diet if she wants to conceive a boy

Whether these old wives’ stories work or not, there are definitely modern technologies which may influence gender selection of your baby to an extent. These methods rely on the theory that the X and Y-chromosomes from father’s sperm determine the sex. With the use of these cutting-edge techniques, X and Y- chromosomes can be separated in vitro and artificially inseminated. But for moral reasons selecting the sex is not considered ethical.

And most importantly, our society needs to understand that No matter a girl or a boy, A child is God’s gift.

Dr. Sushila Kataria

Dr. Sushila Kataria

सामान्य चिकित्सा

Dr. Sanjay Mittal

Dr. Sanjay Mittal

सामान्य चिकित्सा

Dr. Prabhat Kumar Jha

Dr. Prabhat Kumar Jha

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