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October 1st, 2012, 11:02 AM
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Calabasas, CA
It was not my intention to debate about opinions and post articles. I am truly interested in the data and results, so if you can share that please do.
Let’s start with the basics, the moment of conception. What kinds of things are necessary for conception to happen? Sperm transport, egg transport, fertilization and embryo development, implantation (UCSF Health). The sperm must be capable of meeting the egg, the egg must be released, the sperm has to meet the egg, and the egg has to implant into the uterus. All of these conditions are required in making a baby.
Assuming you can agree with that, I will mention that the healthier you are the more likely you are to ovulate and the more regular your cycles will be, all improving the chances of getting pregnant (JustMommies). Your body needs to be ready in order to sustain a healthy pregnancy. Does this play a role in gender? No.
What actually plays a role in which gender you conceive? At conception, gender is determined by chromosome characteristics, it is actually the father that determines the gender (Baby2See, Science2.0, BabyCenter, Pregnancyandbaby, Wikipedia). The baby will be a boy or a girl depending on whether or not the father gives the baby his X or Y chromosome. Scientists have found methods of separating girl and boy sperm, and injecting only one gender via IVF, which is called preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and is almost 100% effective, making it the most effective method out there, as well as the most expensive (BabyCenter, Wikipedia, FertilityFriend).
There are several other cheaper methods out there that claim to be effective in gender swaying, but get nowhere near the results of PGD. The most common are Shettles method, Whelan method, and Ericsson method. “In 1970, Landrum B. Shettles published an article called ‘Factors influencing sex ratios’ in the International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics” (FertilityFriend), which suggested that boys are less resilient than girls, and so to time intercourse closer to ovulation if trying for a boy. This method yields conflicting results and is inconclusive to being an effective method or not (FertilityFriend, Wikipedia, BabyCenter).
Whelan method is another timing method, which basically suggests intercourse four to six days prior to ovulation to increase likelihood of fertilization by male sperm (Wikipedia). I have found little research information about this method and will move on to Ericsson method, which uses higher concentrations of sperm of the desired gender to increase your chances of conceiving that gender (Wikipedia). This method has about a 70% success rate in the research community (Beernink).
In conclusion, I have found no research information or verifiable data on diet and gender swaying, leading to the assumption that there is no more conclusive information about it than Shettles method. The most accurate way to do so appears to actually take control over which gender enters your body to begin with. Basically, it’s a 50/50 chance no matter what you try unless you physically implant the egg yourself, as in the PGD method.
You may not like my answer but it is a factually-based, researched answer that tries to limit as much as possible the opinions and beliefs of assumption.
Beernink, FJ; Dmowski, WP; Ericsson, RJ (1993). "Sex preselection through albumin separation of sperm.".Fertility and Sterility 59 (2): 382–6. PMID 8425635
"Boy or Girl? The Mysteries of Gender Selection." Pregnancy & Baby. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://www.pregnancyandbaby.com/the-hatch-blog/articles/936883/boy-or-girl-the-mysteries-of-gender-selection>.
"Can I Choose My Baby's Sex?" BabyCenter. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://www.babycenter.com/404_can-i-choose-my-babys-sex_1933.bc>.
"Chromosomes Are So 20th Century - Male Genes Really Determine Baby Gender, Says Study." Chromosomes Are So 20th Century - Male Genes Really Determine Baby Gender, Says Study. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://www.science20.com/news_releases/chromosomes_are_so_20th_century_male_genes_really_ determine_baby_gender_says_study>.
"Conception: How It Works." UCSF Medical Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/conception_how_it_works/index.html>.
"Gender Selection Methods - Scientific Evidence?" Gender Selection Methods - Scientific Evidence? N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://www.fertilityfriend.com/Faqs/Gender-Selection-Methods---Scientific-Evidence.html>.
"Improve Chances of a Boy or Girl." Girl or Boy? What Decides Your Babys Gender, Chance, Sexual Positions, Time of Intercourse. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://www.baby2see.com/gender/index.html>.
"Sex Selection." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 18 Sept. 2012. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex_selection>.
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