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shettles method has anyone tried this?

posted 1 decade 6 years ago
The idea behind the Shettles Method of sex selection is based on the premise that the X and Y chromosome carrying sperm have different characteristics and that under different circumstances either X- or Y-chromosome-carrying sperm will be more likely to fertilize the egg.

The Y-chromosome-carrying sperm are said to:

be faster and smaller than the X-chromosome carrying sperm.
die faster than the X-chromosome-carrying sperm.
The X-chromosome-carrying sperm are said to:

be slower than the Y-chromosome carrying sperm.
be better able to withstand the acidic cervical environment before fertile cervical fluid is produced.
Based on these premises, according to Shettles, you can time intercourse, choose a sexual position that favors conception of your preferred sex and influence the reproductive environment to increase the likelihood of conceiving your preferred sex. These are the suggestions from Dr. Shettles:

To Get A Boy (According to Shettles):

Time intercourse as close to ovulation as possible: The idea is that since the Y-chromosome sperm are faster than the X-chromosome sperm, there will be more Y-chromosome sperm who reach the egg, making it more likely that a Y-chromosome carrying sperm will fertilize the egg.
Abstain from intercourse for four to five days prior to ovulation. Have intercourse only just at the time of ovulation and just before.
Have intercourse that allows for deep penetration. Shettles recommends rear-entry (aka, “doggy-style”). The idea is that the sperm will be deposited closer to the cervix where cervical fluid is most friendly to the Y-chromosome sperm and where the “boy sperm” are more likely to survive since there is less distance to travel.
Men avoid tight clothes: heat kills off both types of sperm, but will kill off the less protected, smaller Y-chromosome sperm faster, according to Shettles.
Women have an orgasm: According to Shettles, female orgasm increases the alkaline secretions in the vagina that are favorable to the Y-chromosome carrying sperm. Shettles recommends having an orgasm before or at the same time as the male partner.
To Get a Girl (According to Shettles):

Have intercourse 2-3 days before ovulation and avoid intercourse just before ovulation until 2 days after ovulation and when you have peak cervical fluid: The idea is that when you have sex a few days before ovulation, only the X-chromosome “girl sperm” will be left in the female reproductive tract waiting to fertilize the egg when it is released.
Have intercourse with shallow penetration: Shettles recommends “missionary position”or any position that will deposit the sperm slightly away from the cervix, giving advantage to the longer living, but slower X-chromosome-carrying sperm.
Women avoid orgasm: Shettles suggests women avoid orgasm because it makes the vaginal environment more alkaline, and less acidic and is disadvantageous to the X-chromosome “girl sperm”.
If you are taking longer than expected to conceive, it is generally not recommended to attempt any kind of sex selection as it can increase the time it takes to conceive.

AlexAlex Moderator
posted 1 decade 6 years ago
I am sure many people have tried this but I dont think you can pick the sex of your child- it is all down to luck

Great theory though

posted 1 decade 6 years ago
Gosh all sounds good, but it took me so long to get pregnant i do not think this would work for me!!

Or would it now??

posted 1 decade 6 years ago
I've never heard of this.... seems like an awful lot of work Blink

If I were to ever have another child, I'd just take what nature gave me and be happy and just enjoy having sex which ever way we want to with out having to worry about all that pre-arranged position stuff Cuckoo (nothing like a good ol unplanned session!)

I guess I wouldn't be against other people trying it if they wanted specifically a boy or girl but I wonder if it really works, statistics wise?? Suspect

posted 1 decade 6 years ago
well this sounds mad but think the next baby I have will be my last and would love a little girl so might give this method a go,as me and David seem to be very fertile first time round with both boys,but whatever we had at least I could say I gave it a go lol

posted 1 decade 6 years ago
Well having both a boy and a girl I can honestly say I've still no idea which way we concieved ours lol...all I know was Charlotte was a happy accident after a cheap night in with a bottle of vodka and a bottle of cola lol, and George took a long time to come along lol, so we'd have been just as happy if he was another girl.

Best of luck to you both though hun, hope it brings you the result you want xx

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