How can I increase my chances of having a girl?

Many parents wish to select the gender of their baby.  There are many folk solutions to gender selection, as well as some scientific possibilities.  For example, the "old wives tales" say that if you want a girl, you should:

-  Eat lots of fish and veggies

-  Give in to your chocolate craving

-  Make love in either the missionary or woman on top position

-  Focus on her pleasure;  if she climaxes first, you’ll get your girl.

Science, as well, has provided some ways to guarantee that your baby will be a girl:

PGD – PGD stands for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis.  This process involves in-vitro fertilization in which the embryos are created outside the body and then tested for gender and genetic disorders.  The biggest downside is that PGD can cost nearly $20,000 for a single round.  Also, as with any IVF procedure, you are more likely to have multiples.

MicroSort and Ericsson -  These methods involve sorting out the boy-producing sperm from the girl-producing sperm, and then implanting the desired sperm into the uterus through Artificial Insemination.  This is less effective than PGD but also less costly.

Finally there is the Shettles method.  The Shettles method is less effective than other methods, but is much easier.  It is based on timed intercourse on specific days of your cycle.  It uses charting of cervical mucus and basal body temperature and ovulation prediction kits.  This theory suggests that you should have sex 2 1/2 to 3 days before ovulation to conceive a girl;  the closer you conceive to ovulation, the greater chance you have of conceiving a boy.

Shettles also suggests that if you are trying to conceive a girl your partner should perform shallow penetration, while deeper penetration should be more effective for a boy.  Also, Shettles recommends that you don’t orgasm during sex if you are trying to conceive a girl, as the substances your body produces after orgasm make the vaginal environment more conducive to "boy"" sperm.

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