How To Conceive the Sex of Your Baby

About the Shettles Method

For over 20 years, couples have relied on the Shettles Method to increase their chances of conceiving a boy.  When used properly, Dr. Shettles claims a success rate between 75 and 90 percent!

Throughout his book, Dr. Landrum Shettles offers advice to increase your chances of conceiving a boy.   Read Dr. Shettles’ book to get more thorough instructions.

The Shettles Method says “boy” sperm are smaller in size and less robust than “girl” sperm.  A postivie about “boy sperm” is they are are quicker than girl sperm.   The tips below address these premises.

Figuring Out When You Ovulate

Have sex 24 hours prior to ovulation and no more than 12 hours after ovulation if you want to conceive a boy.
There are three main ways to figure out when you will ovulate.

1. Cervical Mucus Charting

Charting cervical mucus daily can predict when you will ovulate.  Right before you ovulate, your cervical mucus will resemble raw egg whites.  This consistency is called fertile cervical mucus.  Chart your cervical mucus for several months so you can accurately predict when you will ovulate.

2. Charting Your Basal Body Temperature (BBT)

You will need a special basal thermometer if you want to use this method.   Normal thermometers that you use to check for a fever won’t work.  You will use this thermometer each morning directly after waking up and prior to doing anything else. Your body temperature will increase after you have ovulated.  It’s important to chart your temperature for a few months before you begin trying to get pregnant.   You are looking for a pattern  for when the bbt temperature rises after ovulation.   This will help you determine the right times to have sex to conceive a boy.

3. Ovulation Predictor Kits

One final way to determine your time of ovulation is through the use of ovulation predictor kits. Ovulation predictor kits measure when luteinizing hormone, or LH, has been released. The presence of LH indicates you will ovulation in 24 to 36 hours. Testing should ideally occur twice daily to best determine the time that this occurs. The best times to test between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and again between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Timing Intercourse

To conceive a boy, have sex no more than 24 hours before ovulation and no later than 12 hours after ovulation.   Shettles believes “boy” sperm will reach the egg more quickly near ovulation.  Your fertile cervical mucus will help the sperm move.  When you ovulate, your cervical mucus becomes slippery and less acidic.  It provides a favorable and supportive environment for the “boy” sperm.

Position During Intercourse and Orgasms

Deep penetration is ideal for conceiving a boy.  The  sexual position “doggy position” places the sperm close to the cervix.

When you are trying to conceive a boy, having an orgasm during sex can be helpful.  An orgasm makes the vaginal environment  more alkaline.  “Boy” sperm prefer an alkaline environment.   Having an orgasm will help the boy sperm move  into the cervix and toward the ovum.

Tips For The Men

Hot testicles will lower sperm count so men should wear boxers to help lower the temperature.   Caffeinated beverages can help make boy sperm more active.  Drink a caffeinated drink before having sex.   It can help “wake up the sperm” so they are ready to move through the reproductive system.