X vs Y

The tone of my post today is a little different. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

I have a few friends who are pregnant, and a few who are trying – some of whom are trying/hoping for a specific gender.

You all know how it happens. Think back to the movie “Look Who’s Talking”, where they comically show the journey of fertilization.

Have you ever heard of the Shettles Method of gender selection? Some people swear it has worked, some say it’s impossible to pre-select gender (outside a lab).

I’m not going to get into the graphic details of it, but basically it suggests to conceive a girl successfully, you should have sex 2-3 days before ovulating; to conceive a boy successfully, you should have sex as close to ovulation as possible. The reason for this? The X-bearing sperm (female) are slower swimmers but live longer, and the Y-bearing sperm (male) are faster swimmers but die quicker.

The Shettles Method is said to have a 75% + success rate when all aspects of the method are followed.

Is this nuts? I have been hearing so many people (mostly women) talking about it lately, that I had to blog about it. It’s definitely intriguing, to say the least.

At the end of the day, there is still a 50/50 chance.

For those of you who are really interested, a registered Canadian nurse by the name of Pat Buie, published a book titled: Choose the Sex of Your Baby Naturally. Her book incorporates Shettles Method, and is said to have a 95% success rate – I’m very skeptical.

My thoughts? May the healthiest sperm win.

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