Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email They may be made up of slugs and snails and puppy dog tails, but plenty of parents would still love to complete their family with a bouncing baby boy. The bad news is the odds of conceiving either a boy or girl or almost even for each and every pregnancy.
So girl or boy-heavy families have pretty much luck of the draw to thank for any gender bias. A baby's sex is determined at the time of conception. However, as we learnt with tips to conceive a baby girl , there are few changes you could adopt which could increase your chances.
Some are rooted in myth, but other tips are based around helping "boy sperm" past the finish line first so to speak. Tips on how to conceive a boy 1. You should have sex in positions that allow for deep penetration Believe it or not, but there are some things which boost your chances of having a boy Image: There are the ones which carry the X chromosome girl sperm , and one which carry the Y chromosome boy sperm.
Boy sperm is characteristically weaker, smaller and faster than female sperm, which is overall tougher and better at survival read into that what you will.
What Dr Shettles therefore believed, is that boy sperm benefits from a little head start - which more penetrative sex positions could help. Boy sperm is faster than female sperm - but less resilient Image: Getty Images This would mean the boy sperm had less distance to travel and could therefore out-swim the girl sperm.
Suggested positions include you straddling your male partner, or having sex standing up. Have intercourse as close to ovulation as possible Timing is everything - including when trying to conceive. The good news is, if you're already trying for a baby, you're probably already timing it around the days close to ovulation, as well as the day you ovulate itself. Get to know when you're ovulating Image: The male sperm can get to the patiently-waiting egg faster than the girl sperm.
If you have sex a few days before you ovulate, however, this gives the less resilient boy sperm time to die off. Your partner should wear boxer shorts Yes, now is the time to ditch the budgie-smugglers. Some tips are more rooted in science than others Image: Common questions answered by NCT experts so you can check you're doing it right The reason being, a man's choice of underwear could have an adverse effect on his sperm production.
At least according to this old wife's tale. So, it's believed male sperm thrives more if a man wears boxers, as this means the scrotum doesn't get overly warm. Male sperm, it seems, can't take the heat and so wearing tight pants allows it a better chance of survival. Female sperm, with its superior survival skills, is better suited to a "tight underwear" environment.
However, be aware that an overheated scrotum isn't exactly good news for any sperm, be it male or female. Orgasming before your partner during sex may increase your chances too Apparently, whether a woman orgasms or not can have a bearing on the sex of a baby and could play a vital role in determining whether you conceive a boy. The theory is when a woman orgasms, there is an alkaline-based secretion which is released into the vagina, and which boosts the survival chances of that boy sperm.
For this reason, you may also want to adapt to a more alkaline-based diet when trying to conceive. Hot stuff could count against you if you want a boy Image: Getty Read More So, to give the boy sperm a better chance, orgasming before your partner gives them both a head start and a friendlier environment. Avoid eating dairy foods such as milk, cheese, yoghurt and ice-cream. Eat more foods which contain potassium such as bananas, broccoli, potatoes, spinach and brussel sprouts.
Some researchers believe that taking a daily supplement of Evening Primrose Oil boosts the chances of conceiving a boy. Like us on Facebook.