Chinese Lunar Birth Calendar
The Lunar Birth Calendar is believed to have been first used in China 700 years ago. It has now been adapted for ease of use with Gregorian calendars – the calendars we use today. According to the Lunar Birth Calendar, a baby’s gender can be predicted using the mother’s age and the month the baby was conceived.
Here is an example. If you are 25 years old and you want to know how to conceive a girl, you should try to get pregnant in January, July, April or May.
Eating a specific diet a few weeks before getting pregnant may increase your chances of conceiving a baby girl. If you want to have a girl, you should increase your intake of acidic foods such as protein rich foods (nuts, seeds, lentils, animal products) etc. Eating acidic foods may change your mucus pH making it more acidic. High acidity kills male-producing sperm and as a result female-producing sperm have a higher chance of fertilizing the egg.
Shallow penetration is encouraged if you want to know how to conceive a girl. The vagina is more acidic closer to the entrance and male-carrying sperm find it hard to survive in acidic environments increasing your chances of having a baby girl.
Male-producing sperm may be the faster swimmers but female-producing sperm are more resilient. Female-producing sperm tend to survive for longer in woman’s reproductive tract. If you plan to conceive a girl, it is recommended you have sexual intercourse every day until 3 to 4 days prior to ovulation. You are to abstain from intercourse 1 to 2 days before ovulation and 3 to 4 days after ovulation. The theory here is by the time you ovulate, male-producing sperm may have already died leaving you with only female-producing sperm to fertilize the egg.
Female-producing sperm can tolerate warmer conditions more than male-producing sperm. If you plan to have a girl, you may have to encourage your partner to have hot baths prior to intercourse. But remember, don’t overdo this. Frequent hot showers may raise the temperature of the scrotum and may kill viable sperm in the process.
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)
With preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), eggs are fertilized outside the womb and are then tested for gender and genetic disorders.
Egg cells are fertilized with sperm on a Petri dish. A single cell(s) is then extracted from the 3-day old or 5-day old embryos (fertilized eggs) to be tested for the embryo’s sex. Healthy embryos of the desired gender are then transferred into the womb. The number of embryos transferred to your womb will depend on your age. If you plan to have a girl, a female embryo will be planted to your uterus. Because the embryo was previously tested, you are less likely to have a baby girl with genetic disorders.
PGD and IVF alone cost anywhere from $15,000 to $19,000. You have yet to include miscellaneous expenses such as medication, hospital fees etc.
MicroSort is a gender selection technique that makes use of dye to segregate female-producing sperm from male-producing sperm. If you plan to have a girl, female-producing sperm identified using MicroSort will be inserted to your uterus via artificial insemination.
MicroSort and artificial insemination treatment cost $3,000 per cycle. Another $2,000 is needed for fertility drugs. If you undergo in vitro fertilization, it will add another $12,400 to the expenses.
How to conceive a girl? Ask your doctor what method suits you best and make sure to explore all options before choosing the one that suits your needs.
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Iva Keene is co-founder and director of Natural-Fertility-Prescription.com. She has been a qualified, accredited Naturopathic Physician for over 13 years, holds a Bachelor's degree in Health Science and a Masters degree in Reproductive Medicine. Since founding NFP in 2008, Iva's articles, videos, guides and reports have reached over 1.3 million people. Iva has dedicated her professional life to supporting couples on their path to parenthood with scientifically grounded information, protocols and coaching around preconception care, natural infertility treatments and integrative reproductive health.