If you're really, really hoping to conceive a baby boy, there might actually be more you can do than just crossing your fingers.
It's true there's no hard science behind these sex tips, but try telling that to the parents who swear by the little tricks that helped them guarantee their baby's gender. Science says it's the genetic makeup of the father's sperm that influences a baby's sex, but even some experts will tell you these simple strategies really work.
1. Try it from behind
Also known as "Doggie Style,” this position is highly recommended to couples hoping to conceive a boy, says Stacy Rybchin, founder of My Secret Luxury. Why? "Because it allows for deeper penetration, and consequently, during ejaculation, the male sperm get deposited closer to the cervix.” In general, male sperm are faster, but they don't live as long as females do, so the less distance they have to travel, the better!
2. Do it standing up
Apparently to conceive a boy, you should have sex standing up! This position, like doggie style, enables deep penetration and is also thought to give the faster male sperm an advantage seeing as sperm must swim against gravity to get to the egg. While not backed by science, it's worth a shot if you're hoping for a male.
3. Choose a position that makes you orgasm
Seriously, we're not joking! In short, an orgasm causes your vagina to become more alkaline. Fortunately for you, this shift in pH balance majorly favors male sperm, meaning they have a greater shot at actually reaching that egg and fertilizing it first. So go ahead, enjoy yourself, if you catch our drift (hint, hint). Plus, shouldn't we all be doing this anyway?
4. Wait until you ovulate
Timing is, of course, everything when it comes to making a baby. Believe it or not though, the day you do the deed (and the days you don't too!) can potentially influence the gender of your child. To increase your chances of a boy, experienced nurse and midwife Carmen Kosicek, RN, MSN, advises avoiding intercourse in the days (at least four or five) leading up to ovulation. Then do it the day of, she directs. Since male sperm are faster swimmers, the theory here is that'd they'd reach the egg first before the females. "Now, the trick is figuring out exactly when you ovulate!” Don't worry ladies — there are kits for that.
5. Consume more calories
And eat cereal for breakfast! "A study conducted by researchers at the University of Exeter in the UK suggests that upping your calorie intake by at least 400 calories per day and consuming cereal especially, along with bananas, fish, vegetables and other high energy foods, can help lead to conception of a boy,” reveals Dr. Ava Cadell, spokesperson for The Experience Channel and renowned love and sex therapist. Interesting, huh?
6. Have him drink coffee
A half hour or so before getting it on, have your man down a strong cup of caffeinated coffee or a large soda! Dr. Shettles, author of How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby, believes that this will give sperm an extra boost, particularly the males.