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179-How to choose your child sex? choosing the Sex of Your Child

Choose your child sex
Choose your child sex
Choose your child sex. Parents desiring a girl, are encouraged to have sex in the missionary position about two days before ovulation.

There are a lot of methods to choose your child sex, but there are no guarantees. Read till the end to discover.

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Besides slipping the stork some extra cash.  Mean that parents have a number of options for choosing the sex of their child. The methods range from natural to high-tech (such as sorting sperm).

Couples have a 50/50 chance of conceiving a boy or a girl. This happens through plain old-fashioned intercourse. Yet there are some people who might want to stack the odds in their favour. either for cultural reasons, for dreams of raising a son or a daughter .or to balance out their families. Others do it to prevent their offspring from inheriting sex-linked genetic diseases.

Old method to choose your child sex

Whatever the reason, health experts worry that some parents will place unrealistic hopes on a sex-determination technique. They become disappointed whether or not they succeed. The method could either fail to produce a baby of the desired sex. or the right-gendered kid could grow up with traits that contradict parental expectations. In this case, ethicists worry about the welfare of the child.

Of course, this list may not necessarily include your great grandmother’s formula for choosing the baby’s sex. Some doctors just chuckle at such schemes. and say that as long as the advice doesn’t hurt mom or baby. then there may be no harm in trying.

Natural Methods for Choosing the Sex of Your Child

The Shettles method is arguably the most well-known natural strategy for choosing the sex of your child. Developed three decades ago by Landrum B. Shettles, MD, PhD, the plan involves timing intercourse to a woman’s cycle and assuming certain sexual positions.

In his book How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby; Shettles explains that the male (Y) sperm is smaller, faster.  and more short-lived than the female (X) sperm. Because of this, it is better for boy-desiring couples to have sex . closest to the time when a woman’s egg is released (ovulation). This way, the speedy male sperm could get to the egg sooner than the female

The Y chromosome apparently also enjoys an advantage over its counterpart when the sperm is discharged as close as possible to the opening of the cervix. This is achieved through rear entry intercourse (the man enters the woman from behind).

On girl Sides

Parents desiring a girl, on the other hand, are encouraged to have sex in the missionary position (face to face, man on top) about two to four days before ovulation.  so that by the time the egg comes, only the heartier, more resilient X sperm will remain in the woman’s reproductive tract.

The Shettles method has reportedly been effective at least 75% of the time. with the rate slightly lower for girls than for boys. Pat Buie, a registered nurse from Canada, incorporated Shettles’ method into her sex selection plan. described in her book Choose the Sex of Your Baby Naturally . and claims to have a 95% success rate.

Many fertility experts question the value of natural sex selection strategies such as the Shettles method.

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The Shettles methods

J. Martin Young, MD, a paediatrician in private practice in Amarillo, Texas.  reviewed medical literature on sex determination and found that the Shettles method fared worse than random sex. with a 39% success rate in choosing the sex of your child.

Shettles’ ideas seem to make sense, but they’re a little too simplistic and not based on scientific research, says Young, who authored two books on the subject. In How to Have a Boy and How to Have a Girl, he describes a strategy that opposes Shettles’.

« If you would like to have a female, you would schedule intercourse to be as close to the time of ovulation as possible, » says Young. « If you would like to have a male child, you would have intercourse a number of days before to try to increase the probability. »

The success rate for this strategy of choosing the sex of your child, says Young. can be as high as two chances in three (about 67%), if done

The High-Tech Road

It is said that the odds of choosing the sex of your child maybe even better with the help of technology. According to the fertility experts contacted by WebMD, MicroSort . a method that involves separating the male sperm from the female is the current gold standard.

« The only effective method that I feel would be useful for sex selection is the MicroSort technique, » says William Gibbons, MD, director of the EVMS Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine.

MicroSort, which is licensed by the Genetics and IVF Institute in Fairfax, Va. is undergoing an FDA clinical trial. The technique involves separating X- and Y-bearing sperm by using laser light.  dye. and a machine called a flow cytometer. Once the sperm are divided, the specimens are inserted back into the woman through artificial means, such as in vitro fertilization.

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Embryo examination

Microsort, however, isn’t the only high-tech method for choosing the sex of your child. Other more controversial strategies include preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).  and chorionic villus sampling (CVS). both of which are used to detect medical illnesses but can also be used to distinguish sex.

To determine sex, PGD involves examining an embryo taken from the uterus. And replacing only the embryo of the desired sex. In CVS, chromosomes of the fetus are analyzed in early pregnancy.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recommends neither PGD nor. CVS is a sex-selection method for couples looking to balance the gender ratio in their families.

Changing your diet

What’s the theory?
The minerals in your diet could affect your metabolism and the environment of your eggs.
– To improve conditions for male sperm you need potassium (in meat, bananas, apricots and celery).
– To improve conditions for female sperm you need more magnesium-rich food (in nuts, soya beans and leafy green vegetables).

What’s the success rate?

There’s no scientific data on humans to support the potassium or magnesium theories, although experts say diet does seem to play some part in gender selection.

Historical events have shown that famine can result in more boys being born but also that women weighing less than 54.5kg are more likely to have girls. This could mean that the type of food and nutrients available to those people played a part, or that calorie intake has an effect – but a low-calorie diet has a very different effect on malnutrition.

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Write and edit by Oluwaferanmi DJIMA On 16/02/22
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