Timing Intercourse for Conception
and Gender Prediction
Learn to time intercourse and influence
the gender of your baby with our Ovulation
The goal of fertility charting and ovulation testing (using LH tests
or ovulation microscopes) is to accurately predict your most fertile days
of the month - therefore allowing you to time intercourse accurately and
maximize the chances of successful conception.
Because the 'fertility window' is a short one (the egg can survive for
24 hours and the sperm can live for up to three days), timing intercourse
prior to and during ovulation will very much enhance the likelihood of
conceiving a baby.
First of all, most experts recommend that you have intercourse regularly,
2-3 times a week, every week. In addition to that, increased frequency
of intercourse (daily love making) should take place during the woman's
most fertile time.
As a rule, couples should make love daily during this fertile period
- two days prior to ovulation and during the remaining days of the ovulatory
cycle. Because the sperm can survive several days in the womb, intercourse
prior to ovulation means that sperm will be present and waiting when the
egg is released from the ovarian follicle and makes its way down the fallopian
tube. Continue daily intercourse during the entire ovulatory cycle up
to and during ovulation (sperm count allowing).
Ovulation Tests and Timing Intercourse
Ovulation tests are designed to detect a woman's LH surge
(the surge in luteinizing hormone that precedes and encourages ovulation
to take place. Lh tests allow women to accurately predict ovulation. A
positive result on a lh urine test indicates that a woman will likely
be fertile over the next 1-3 days or so. After receiving a positive on
an lh test, lovemaking should take place (at least) daily over the following
three days to increase the odds of pregnancy.
With ovulation microscopes, you receive an 'early warning' to impending
ovulation. Ovulation microscopes provide a gradual trajectory of fertility
indicators - from transitional results to positive ferning patterns -
that allow you to plan ahead. The ovulation microscope (or saliva ovulation
test) is ideal for women with irregular cycles.
Timing Intercourse to Influence the Gender
of Your Baby
At conception, the gender of your future baby is determined by specific
chromosome characteristics - and it will be the male's sperm that dictates
if the baby will be a boy or a girl.
Prior to conceiving, the unfertilized ovum exhibits an X chromosome while
the sperm may exhibit either an X or a Y chromosome characteristic. The
gender of the baby will be dictated by one cause: If the sperm with an
X chromosome fertilizes the ovum, you will have a baby girl. If the sperm
carrying a Y chromosome is responsible for fertilizing the ovum, you will
have a boy. No, the sperm are not blue or pink colored, its simply a matter
of genetic attribute.
Timing Is Central to Gender: Some
studies have shown that the sperm with the X chromosome - or female chromosome
- are more robust and live longer than the than the sperm with the Y (or
male) chromosome. While the 'female' sperm have a greater longevity, the
'male sperm' are better swimmers, so to speak. The male sperm have better
motility, or forward swimming motion. This gives them the attribute of
speed. In effect, male sperm life fast and die young.
Sperm motility is measured in two ways: percentage of sperm exhibiting
movement, and the quality - or dynamics - of this movement, which is called
the forward progression. Poor motility means the sperm have a difficult
time swimming toward the egg. Hence, "female sperm" exhibit
less motility - yet have a longer life span. The "male sperm"
exhibit increased motility, but have a shorter life span than the X chromosome
It is believed that if intercourse takes place closer to ovulation, then
the probability is greater that the child will be male, due to the high
motility (forward progression) and the decreased life span of the sperm.
The sperm with the X chromosome - or female chromosome - have a longer
life span than the male sperm, but exhibit decreased motility. Therefore,
intercourse that takes place earlier may provide increased probability
of a girl. Our ovulation calendar is unique in that it is also a "gender
predictor" or "gender calculator" - based on this simple
Learn to time intercourse and perhaps influence
the gender of your baby with our Ovulation
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