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Are There any Tips to Getting Pregnant with a Certain Gender?

There are any number of old wives’ tales that will tell you how you can get pregnant with a certain gender.  Some of these are actually based somewhat on biological facts;  others are just sort of made up or anecdotal evidence.  While you can’t really guarantee that you will become pregnant with a certain gender, it can be fun to experiment and try to come up with either a boy or a girl.

First, it is important to understand exactly what determines gender.  The male’s sperm is what determines gender.  This is particularly interesting, given the fact that there are examples in history in which a woman was punished or looked down upon because she did not produce a male offspring!

There are basically two types of male sperm.  There are sperm that produce boys, and there are sperm that produce girls.  The sperm that produce boys are “stronger” sperm.  They tend to swim faster and they get to the egg first.  They also have a shorter life span than the “girl” sperm.  Girl sperm may swim slower, but they will generally last several days longer than the boy sperm.

If you want to try to get pregnant with a girl, you should have sex a few days prior to ovulation.  This will allow those sperm that would produce a boy to die off, and it will give the girl sperm a chance to get to the egg.

If you want to get pregnant with a boy, you should have sex during ovulation.  Some people even suggest having sex at the very end of your ovulating, but you run the risk of not becoming pregnant at all if you do this.

The less scientific tips on getting pregnant with a certain gender will vary.  One tip suggests that having sex with the woman on top will help you to get pregnant with a girl.  Another says that rear-entry sex will produce a boy.  Ultimately, there is no way apart from medical intervention, to guarantee a certain gender.


Last modified: February 10, 2013


The information provided here should not be considered medical advice. It is based on the average experience of women trying to conceive and may not be what you may be experiencing. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your cycle or our ability to get pregnant, we advise you to contact your doctor.