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November 22, 2011 | posted in: Articles | by

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.

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