How to Conceive a Boy

By eHow Parenting Editor

When a woman gets pregnant, she has a 50 percent chance of having a boy. That also means she has a 50 percent chance of conceiving a girl. Most people just wish for a healthy baby, boy or girl, but there is nothing wrong with dreaming of a little boy in blue, hitting the winning run in the seventh game of the World Series. The following list describes several methods that people say will increase the odds in your favor when trying for a boy.

Track the woman's ovulation cycles carefully. Keeping a close calendar of when a woman is ovulating is an important tool when trying different methods to conceive a boy. You can buy ovulation detection kits at several stores, and most drug stores.

Use the Shettles method, which is based on the idea that sperm containing the Y chromosome swim faster than those carrying the X. To put this method into practice, a couple should have intercourse no more than 24 hours before and no more than 12 hours after ovulation. Depending on the length of the woman's ovulation cycle, this can be challenging.

Consider the Whelan method, which suggests having intercourse early in the woman's monthly cycle to conceive a boy baby. During a medical study, Dr. Whelan's method worked 68 percent of the time.

Check the Chinese Conception Chart to see if you are at the right lunar age and lunar month to conceive a boy. This chart was created more than 700 years ago and is said to be 90 percent accurate when followed correctly.

Wake up the Y-chromosome-carrying sperm with a caffeinated drink before intercourse. Caffeine makes the Y-chromosome-carrying sperm more active. Give the man a large cup of coffee and a soda.

Try one of the home kits that assist in modifying the mother's and father's chemistries before conception. Check with a doctor before you try any drugs or products while attempting to get pregnant.