How to Increase Your Chances of Conceiving a Boy

By eHow Contributor

There are many reasons why a couple may wish to conceive a boy. Perhaps they already have several daughters, or there are already many girls in the family. Whatever the reasons for wanting to have a male baby, there are actually many tricks that increase the chances of conceiving a boy. As long as you are fertile and able to become pregnant, you can use the natural methods below to increase the odds of having a baby boy.

First, understand the key differences between Y-chromosome sperm (male sperm), and X-chromosome sperm (female sperm). Male sperm are actually smaller, lighter, faster, and more fragile than their female counter parts. Male sperm live for only a day or two, while female sperm can live for several days. By exploiting their differences, you can create conditions that favor the male sperm reaching the egg first.

First, understand the key differences between Y-chromosome sperm (male sperm), and X-chromosome sperm (female sperm). Male sperm are actually smaller, lighter, faster, and more fragile than their female counter parts. Male sperm live for only a day or two, while female sperm can live for several days. By exploiting their differences, you can create conditions that favor the male sperm reaching the egg first.

Avoid having sex the first 4 days before ovulation. Since female sperm are extremely hardy, they can survive in your body for a long time while waiting for the egg to be released. They are strong, but slow swimmers, and while the male sperm are dying, the female sperm will be swimming to meet the egg.

Avoid alcohol and cigarettes if you are the father. Since male sperm are very fragile, men who drink and smoke heavily will have fewer male sperm, and will therefore be less likely to father a male child. A woman can increase her chances of conceiving a boy by keeping her man away from alcohol and cigarettes.

Consider in vitro fertilization techniques. In a lab, fertility doctors can isolate male sperm from female sperm, and fertilize a male embryo. This is not a natural (or cheap!) way of conceiving a boy, but it is the most fail-proof.