Baby sex selection
Natural vs Scientific Baby Sex Selection
When it comes to baby sex selection, every parent has a choice to make: focus on natural methods, or go with a more certain (but often very expensive) scientific procedure? Let’s take a look at some of your options and the pros and cons of the natural vs scientific debate.
Natural Methods of Baby Sex Selection
Natural methods include anything from intercourse timing through to astrology. Not all natural methods are old wives’ tales though – although they don’t offer anywhere near as much control over gender as technological procedures. Some natural methods – like those based on astrology – have little, if any, solid evidence to back them up.
The most effective natural methods are those based on intercourse timing, such as the O + 12 Method and the Shettles Method. These methods are based on the life expectancies of sperm – sperm which carry the genetic code for creating a girl live longer than those for creating a boy. So the theory is that if you time intercourse just right in relation to ovulation, you can make sure only the ‘girl’ sperm are still alive when ovulation starts.
Of course, this method is a lot less useful if you’re aiming to have a boy! Also there is a theory that eating a diet high in sodium and potassium can increase the odds of conceiving a boy. There’s no solid scientific evidence to back this claim at the moment.
Technological Methods of Baby Sex Selection
The major advantage of using technology in sex selection is that it’s generally much, much more accurate in helping you choose the gender than natural techniques are. On the downsides, scientific procedures are much more expensive and often involve methods like in vitro fertilization, which is a turn off for people interested in conceiving naturally.
The most successful method of gender selection is PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis). It’s effectively a way of choosing the gender of the baby before an embryo is implanted via in vitro fertilization. It’s the only way to know for sure you’ll be getting a boy or girl, because the gender is known before the embryo is implanted. Other scientific methods generally involve manipulating sperm count to favor the chances of conception towards a boy or a girl, because it is the X or Y chromosome carried by sperm which determines the gender of a baby.