Sex and Your Baby's Gender
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Can time of conception really affect the gender of the baby? Learn more about sex and your baby's gender from this video.
Transcript: Have sex when the moon is full and you'll conceive a girl. Eat lots of red meat and a boy is in your...
Have sex when the moon is full and you'll conceive a girl. Eat lots of red meat and a boy is in your future. Sound ridiculous? That's because determining the gender of your unborn child based on old wive's tales generally IS ridiculous. But if you're like 83% of hopeful moms, you DO have a gender preference, and may wonder if it's possible to tip the odds in favor of a boy or girl. According to a 40 year old theory created by Dr. Landum Shettles, determining the gender of your child is as easy as having sex on a schedule. On the other hand, most modern research suggests that influencing your baby's gender based on the timing or type of sexual intercourse is statistically very unlikely to make any difference. To understand the Shettles Method, remember biology 101, where you learned that a woman's egg contains one X chromosome. Meanwhile, a man's sperm can contain either a Y chromosome, which joins with the egg to make a boy-or an X chromosome which joins with the egg to make a girl. According to Shettles, boy-making Y chromosomes move more quickly in a woman's body, BUT are also less hardy and die faster. On the other hand, girl-guaranteeing X chromosomes don't swim as strongly, HOWEVER, they live longer in a woman's body. Based on that idea, Shettles explains that it's vital for a woman to know when she is likely to release an egg. This can be tracked by taking one's basal body temperature daily, by watching the cervical mucous, or by using an ovulation kit. Once ovulation has been predicted, couples who want a girl should make love two to four days BEFORE the woman releases her egg. For girl results, it is also recommended that the male penetrate shallowly in the missionary position. The idea here is to give the slower, more resilient female sperm a chance to reach the egg when it is released. To make a boy, just reverse the terms-have sex as close to ovulation as possible, and do so using deep thrusting positions, like rear entry. This will put the short living, fast swimming male sperm even closer to the already available egg. Proponents of the Shettles method swear that it's 75% accurate-but remember that nature provides a 50% chance of having one's desired sex anyway! Additionally, it can be very hard to track an ovulation schedule, which can be thrown off by changes as subtle as a new medication or an increase in sexual activity. Because of this, the medical community doesn't put much stock in using sex to INFLUENCE sex. However, many doctors encourage eager couples to give it a go anyway, as it absolutely can't hurt to try!More »
Last Modified: 2013-05-15 | Tags »
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Women may encounter several obstacles on the path to pregnancy. Take a look at this video to learn about a few conception sex challenges for women.
Transcript: Logan: Thinking that conceiving a baby is just about tracking your ovulation cycles and getting you man...
Logan: Thinking that conceiving a baby is just about tracking your ovulation cycles and getting you man in bed at precisely the right time? Think again. There are a lot more challenges for women like stress and not feeling pleasure and lack of desire because you want sex to have a goal at the end of it. Ian: Absolutely. And another thing, I think that especially for women they get so caught up in the goal of having sex to potentially conceive, but if you're not amply aroused it could lead to painful sex, it could lead to lack of lubrication. There are a lot of reasons to try to keep stress enjoyable.Logan: And lack of lubrication isn't just about stress, right? It can be the aftereffect of some medications or going off some medications. We sometimes don't talk about that.Ian: Totally. And I think in the end, sex just can't become a goal, it can't become a chore. Even as a couple, if you're trying to conceive you have to keep it fun, keep the relationship fun. I think a lot of it is about creating anticipation outside of the bedroom so you don't feel like you're just jumping into the bedroom to have sex. Logan: And we put a lot of pressure on ourselves too as women that this is the time we have to conceive. That it has to be this one particular moment, which is incredibly stressful and creates these huge relationship issues that are bigger than just this one moment. Ian: Exactly, I think also a lot of women end up not really enjoying sex because they are conceiving. A lot of women really do not have orgasms during conception sex. That can be a little bit of an issue with conceiving in terms of there is that theory about upsuck. Sort of that an orgasm helps the sperm to travel up. But beyond whether that is a myth or reality'Logan: 'making conception easier. It's definitely a huge thing. I think that its important that couples have to talk about the challenges they face going through this process because conception sex can be a chore, but we don't want to be. Ian: And you know not everyone gets pregnant the first time, not everyone gets pregnant the 50th time. It could be a bit of an odyssey. So the best way is to just communicate your way through it. Logan: For more information about sex during the baby years, check out this series of videos.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-20 | Tags »
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Men may feel pressure to conceive just as often as women, and that's only one issue men may face. Check out this video to learn about the most common conception sex challenges for men.
Transcript: Ian: If you think conception is only a challenge for women, conception sex, think again. Guys have a...
Ian: If you think conception is only a challenge for women, conception sex, think again. Guys have a lot of challenges too, especially during conception sex. First of all, there's the whole feeling like a walking sperm bank, sex on demand thing.Logan: But you are during that time.Ian: Well, that's the whole point. We don't want to just feel like a walking sperm bank. You know a lot of guys have issues that I would call mechanical 'malefunctions.' Not malfunctions, 'malefunctions'Logan: 'Malefunctions.,' got it.Ian: We have a lot of them that wouldn't normally happen during sex. For example, erectile disorder. If a guys feeling pressure to perform, pressure to conceive, pressure for this one to be the one, you know that creates anxiety and that can lead to erectile disorder.Logan: And we do give you a hard time because we tell you sex has to be right now, you have to ejaculate at this particular period of time. So I get it, it is a challenge for you too.Ian: For some guys it is the opposite problem: It's premature ejaculation. Again because of that pressure and anxiety. Of course during conception sex a lot of women throw out the concept of orgasm so they are probably like, 'Go ahead and prematurely ejaculate.'Logan: Right, it doesn't make a difference as long as sperm meets egg we are in good shape. I would imagine that is you're stressed too. There are also problems with delayed ejaculation, you don't want to ejaculate, your body is not ready and maybe you're not talking to your partner about that either.Ian: Exactly, I mean delayed ejaculation really happens when a guy is potentially ambivalent about having a baby. And a lot of guys are ambivalent. In theory a guy can be really into having a baby and into a sex but once you actually start doing it you start worrying a little bit. You know those financial pressures. You haven't even conceived and you're already thinking about college tuition, after school programs...Logan: And I think we forget men also have and issue at times with low sexual desire at some point. And it becomes a bigger relationship issue especially if you're not talking about it. Ian: Low sexual desire, especially if your wife is waking you up at six in the morning saying its time to have sex before work.Logan: Time to have sex right now and you're exhausted and not into it. Ian: This is a subject that goes on and on. But for more videos on men and sex during the baby years and women, check out the next video.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-20 | Tags »
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