There are many interesting pregnancy myths out there, so much so that it can be difficult to determine what is completely false and what is actually true. For example: the myth that you can’t get pregnant when you’re on your period? Not true! But the idea that heartburn during pregnancy means your baby has a lot of hair? This may actually be correct. So where does the idea that sex positions can determine a baby’s gender come from?
It’s commonly believed that engaging in certain sexual positions while trying to conceive can result in a baby of a specific gender, but for couples trying to conceive a baby of a particular gender, it may seem a bit too good for you. be true. After all, if sex positions really determined a baby’s gender, couldn’t everyone have the girl they always dreamed of or the son they really wanted?
The sex of a baby is determined at the time of fertilization by the combination of X and Y chromosomes that the baby receives from the egg and sperm. All eggs have an X chromosome and sperm contain either an X chromosome or a Y chromosome, which means the sex of your baby is determined by the sperm. Some people believe that different sex positions determine which sperm enters the egg. But, is there any truth behind these rumours? We asked experts to find out.
Missionary vs hottie – what’s the best sex position to get a girl?
If you’ve heard that having sex in the missionary position means you’re likely to have a girl, you’re not alone. Many people believe that sex positions that don’t offer deep penetration, such as missionary, girl on top, or spooning, mean a couple will be more likely to have a girl. The idea behind this is that when there is more shallow penetration, sperm need to travel further to reach the egg, and female sperm are more able to travel the distance.
“I was taught in my training that male sperm are faster and die faster, while female sperm are slower and last longer,” said urogynaecologist Dr. Betsy Greenleaf. Romper said. “It wasn’t until I dug deeper into the research that I found out that wasn’t true. This widely held misconception stems from studies conducted by researcher LB Shettles in the 1960s, and the belief that male Y sperm are faster and physically different than female X sperm has plagued research for years. However, in 1988 computer technology research demonstrated that there is no difference in speed or size between male and female sperm. In other words? The depth of penetration during intercourse does not affect the sex of the conceived baby.
Is doggy style good for having a boy?
Wondering how to have a boy? Many people believe that sex positions that offer deep penetration – like doggy style – will result in a baby boy. Again, the thinking here is based on the so-called “Shettles method”, which states that male sperm do not survive as long as female sperm, which means that male sperm require deep penetration to be able to reach lust. egg. But as Greenleaf clarified above, the Shettles method has been largely debunked. Sex positions probably don’t predict the sex of the baby. “It’s really a game of chance,” says Greenleaf.
If a woman has an orgasm, does that mean she will have a girl?
Another myth about sex and baby gender is that any sex position that makes a woman orgasm could mean she will have a girl. Supposedly, when a woman has an orgasm there is a change in the pH balance which makes conditions more acidic, and male sperm cannot survive this as well as female sperm.
“The pH of the vagina is acidic at 3.5-4.5,” says Greenleaf. “The pH of semen is more acidic at 7-8. Sexual arousal in a woman increases lubrication. This fluid is derived from blood and has a pH of 7 thus helping to neutralize the pH of the vagina, making the environment more sperm friendly.It is true that sperm do not survive as well in an acidic environment, but sexual arousal and orgasm help to create a sperm friendly environment.Basically, an orgasm during sex can help the conception, but this will not determine the gender of your baby.
If you time intercourse correctly, can you tell the sex of the baby?
There is also a theory that if you abstain from sex until ovulation, you can help determine a baby’s gender. “The Shettles Method focused on the timing of intercourse as well as shallow or deep penetration,” says Dr. Monica Grover, OB-GYN and Chief Medical Officer at VSPOT. “If a woman has sex a few days after her period but abstains from sex before she ovulates, as well as on the day she ovulates, then ideally that would determine a female sex because X sperm swims slowly but has the ability to higher survival because it can also adapt very well to an acidic vaginal environment.The more superficial the penetration, the more the X chromosome is able to thrive and survive the Y chromosome due to the acidic vaginal pH.
However, while timing sex around ovulation has been shown to help you get pregnant, it has not been shown to determine a specific sex.
Can sex positions determine a baby’s sex?
So, can a specific sex position help you “choose” your baby’s sex? In short, no. “While it sounds exciting to think that something as simple as a specific position can determine a baby’s gender, studies have shown that this idea is most likely a myth and not accurate in the past. facts,” says Grover.
Are there ways to tell a baby’s sex at conception?
We hate to tell you this, but if you were hoping for one sex or another, just roll the dice. “There have been ongoing studies, as well as clinical findings that use sophisticated reproductive technologies such as computer-assisted microscopes, which confirm that there are no differences between X and Y sperm,” explains Grover. “Other data have shown that positions or menstrual or ovulatory timing of intercourse have no merit in determining sex.”
The only way to choose the sex of your baby is through in vitro fertilization, when sperm is treated with chemicals to separate male and female sperm. “Having sex during a lunar eclipse, eating bananas and doing it doggy style won’t get you a baby boy,” Greenleaf jokes. “There are just some things in life that we can’t control, and it’s more important to accept and be grateful for what we get in life.” No matter when or how you have sex, you can’t choose the gender of the baby you conceive.
Dr. Betsy AB Greenleaf, urogynecologist
Dr Monica Grover, Certified Gynecologist and Health Expert at VSPOT