How to Conceive a Boy

Understanding the Shettles Method

For the past two decades, countless couples have relied upon the Shettles Method to influence the sex of their baby. When used properly, the Shettles method can lead to a success rate between 75 and 90 percent!

Throughout his book, Dr. Landrum Shettles gives couples techniques to promote the conception of a boy. While the basic outline of the method is below, Dr. Shettles’ book is much more thorough.

The Shettles Method is premised on the idea that boy sperm are smaller in size and less robust but are quicker than girl sperm. The recommendations below derive from this understanding.

Timing Ovulation

When you want to increase your chances of having a boy, it is best to have intercourse 24 hours prior to ovulation and no more than 12 hours after ovulation. If you have intercourse too far in advance, you will decrease chances of having a boy.

There are three primary ways to time your ovulation properly, including:

1. Cervical Mucus Charting

Charting cervical mucus daily is essential to track ovulation. Prior to ovulating, cervical mucus will be elastic and much more watery than usual, resembling raw egg whites. You should chart your cervical mucus for more than a month to increase your chances of predicting ovulation properly.

2. Charting Your Basal Body Temperature (BBT)

When used in conjunction with charting your cervical mucus, you can greatly increase your chances of having a boy. To chart BBT, you need a basal thermometer. You will use this thermometer each morning directly after waking up and prior to doing anything else. Your body temperature will increase after ovulation. Because you’re looking to know when ovulation occurs, it’s important to chart this for a few months before you begin trying to get pregnant. This will help you determine the right times to have intercourse.

3. Ovulation Predictor Kits

One final way to determine your time of ovulation is through the use of predictor kits. The kits are designed to measure when luteinizing hormone, or LH, has been released. This is important because it shows you when ovulation is about to occur. Testing should ideally occur twice daily to best determine the time that this occurs. The best times to test are once between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and once between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Once a positive result is acquired from your kit, ovulation will occur approximately 24 hours later.

Timing Intercourse and its Frequency

As was mentioned above, the best time to have intercourse if you want a baby boy is no more than 24 hours before ovulation and no later than 12 hours after ovulation has occurred. Boy sperm will reach the egg more quickly near ovulation because the cervical mucus becomes slippery and less acidic, providing a favorable environment for the boy sperm.

Position During Intercourse and Orgasms

Deep penetration is ideal for conceiving a boy, especially if you have intercourse in the “doggy position” since it will place the sperm close to the cervix.

Orgasms during intercourse should be embraced when trying to conceive a boy because the vaginal environment will become more alkaline following the orgasm, a fact that is favorable to the boy sperm. Additionally, an orgasm will help the boy sperm move up into the cervix and toward the ovum.

Male Considerations

Heating up the testes lowers sperm count, so males should always wear boxers to lower the temperature of the testes. Additionally, caffeinated beverages can help make boy sperm more active, so one should be consumed right before intercourse.

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  • Avi Green

    I am confused with the point related to 24 hours before ovulation and 12 hours before ovulation. i understood 24 hours before but i am confused with the second part. ovulation lasts for five days max so u mean to say that 12 hours before on the fifth day of ovulation. can u be more clear on that because we are just the beginners and want our first baby to be boy.

    • Actually, ovulation does not last that long. The act of ovulation is the actual release of the egg. That only happens in a few seconds. It then has to travel down the fallopian tubes to the uterus. The only real way to pinpoint when you have ovulated is to track your basal body temperatures. BBT used in conjunction with ovulation test strips can help you narrow the time range down, but it will not tell you down to the moment of ovulation. Some women can feel when they actually ovulate, but they are not the majority. You might want to purchase the Shettles book to get the full protocol, which will help you hedge your chances a bit

    • sam

      depends how long your cycle is 30 days day 15 29 days day 14 28 days day 13

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  • rahul

    But some time cycle is not regular, in that case what I should do for baby boy

    • Unfortunately, unless you can get your system to where it is regular each month, it will be hard to time intercourse correctly.

  • Juanita Mendez

    hi Viki
    my friend had her last period Jan 29 and her and her boyfriend are sexually active everyday and more so around Feb 12th-the 18th she has not started he period and has cramping that comes and go’s but no sign’s of starting. She tested and results came back neg. she also states that her and her boyfriend noticed that her vagina is more tighter then usual.

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  • sivaranjani

    My last period 6.8.15 which date start ovulation and boy baby how will get pls given sex date I have already girl baby so pls

  • chinyere john

    Hi Viki, my period started yesterday and pls i want to know when i can conceive twins boy.

  • Degu Denano

    I have tried to read your topics. I am one of the interest group that need a baby boy to give the birth. Mostly, I have tried , but only opportunity were being the females. Again what would you recommend to get the boy in respect to the sex position, sex duration, food types etc. say some comments
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    Degu D.

Last modified: March 7, 2014