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Can orgasm during intercourse help you conceive a boy?

All parents are happy with the impending birth of their babies. There are, on the other hand, some parents who have different wishes regarding the gender of their baby. For the most part, they just want a healthy baby, but all parents would want to find out if they are expecting a boy or girl.

Can orgasm increase the chances of having a boy?

The famous Shettles method, developed by Dr. Landrum B. Shettles, proposes that parents can select their baby’s gender. Whether this method works or not is still under debate but we know that sperms can either carry the X or the Y-chromosome. Sperms that carry the Y-chromosome are characterised by shorter life spans are more influenced by vaginal pH. But they swim at a faster speed compared to sperms carrying X-chromosomes. On the other hand, sperms carrying X-chromosomes live longer and are more resilient to environmental influences, but move slower than Y-chromosome carrying sperms.

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The Shettles method relies on these sperm characteristics in order to predict baby gender. How then can orgasm increase the chances of having a boy?

  • During orgasm, certain fluids which are excreted can modify the vaginal pH. Since an acidic pH is more detrimental to Y-chromosome sperms, fluids discharged during orgasm can help them survive longer. 
  • During orgasm, a vacuum effect occurs and it helps sperms get to the right place faster. Since Y-chromosome sperms are speedier, they have a better chance to reach the egg first. According to specialists, this vacuum effect might not increase the chances of having a boy, but it can surely raise the chances of conception by at least 10%.

Statistics show that there might be some truth here. Women who reported having an orgasm during intercourse conceived more boys than those who have not experienced orgasm. That being said, many other factors can influence the baby’s gender.

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Increase the chances of having a boy: Other myths

  • Female orgasm before male orgasm
  • Intercourse just before ovulation
  • Intercourse should not be frequent because sperm quality can be affected
  • Salty foods, meat, fish and fruits can help you increase the chances of having a boy
  • Avoid dairy products because they contain too many female hormones. Soy products, nuts and bread are also foods that you should refrain from eating.

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Although you may not be able to determine your baby’s gender, there are ways to help conception. These include a healthy lifestyle, regular exercise, balanced diet, and of course, a healthy sex life. Many couples that seek fertility treatment are advised to concentrate on pleasure during intercourse. We may not have all the information regarding orgasm and conception, but we know that there is a link between the two.

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