A surprising number of the people who write to me asking when to conceive a boy baby are just guessing as to when their ovulation actually occurs. Most of them are simply picking an arbitrary day some time after the end of the menstrual period. A few are using methods like taking their temperature or taking a glance at their cervical mucus, but very few are actually using ovulation predictors.
I'm somewhat frustrated by this because the ovulation predictors are not at all expensive or difficult to use. They are readily available and their use could make the difference between choosing the perfect day to conceive and to get the results that you want and in failing to reach your goal. So in the following article, I will discuss how ovulation predictors can be used in your quest to conceive a boy.
Timing Conception To Happen Late In The Fertility Window: (Chasing The Egg Rather Than Waiting On It:) If you want to conceive a son, you're going to need to embrace a later time frame. I know that it's tempting to want to have intercourse and try to conceive on any day that you think you might have a chance to become pregnant, but if you really care about your choosing your baby's gender, you must resist this temptation. If you attempt to conceive before you ovulation, then you're essentially increasing your chances of accidentally conceiving a girl.
The girl sperm have a generous life span and will generally be able to remain healthy and viable while waiting for the egg to also be viable. However, boy sperm aren't quite so lucky. Their time frame is not nearly as generous, with them living for days less than the girls. Your best bet then is to hold off until you are completely sure that the egg is viable and has been released. The way to do this, of course, is to use an ovulation predictor kit.
What Are Your Options When It Comes To Ovulation Predictors?: The Different Types Available: The most widely used ovulation predictors generally measure urine and saliva. First, let's cover the urine variety. These measure the level of luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine. Generally, these kits give you around 5 -7 little sticks on which you urinate and wait to get a positive result. (This is usually a plus or minus sign or something else which is going to indicate a positive or negative result.) Typically, you will get an LH "surge" as ovulation approaches. Generally once you get this surge, you will also get a positive result and, shortly after this, the egg is released. If you're wanting to conceive a boy, you should wait until you get a positive using urine before you attempt to have intercourse.
Now, let's move on to the saliva predictors. They are basically a tiny little microscope onto which you put a few drops of saliva and then look at the patterns as they dry to tell you where you are in your fertility cycle. These kits measure your estrogen levels rather than your LH surge. Estrogen rises as ovulation approaches, so when this period approaches, you will begin to see a sort of "fern pattern." This sounds complicated, but it really isn't too bad. Most of the kits will come with very specific and comprehensive photos that you can compare to your own slide to see exactly where you are in your cycle.
Because conceiving a girl requires for you to conceive before ovulation, I often really recommend the saliva predictors for those wanting a girl. But, they also work great for couples wanting a boy and they are reusable, which makes them cheaper. Some people use both urine and saliva in order to be absolutely sure that they are conceiving on the correct day.
Most People Wait Too Late To Begin Testing For Ovulation: The final point that I want to bring up is that most people will only begin testing a few days before they think that they will get a positive. This is sometimes much too late. It's important to understand that your ovulation date can change dramatically from month to month. Some women are very lucky and are very regular, but this is not true for all of us.
I recommend starting to test no later than 7 days after the end of your period. Also, you should continue to test until you get a positive. I can't tell you how many people write to me and tell me that they gave up after they ran out of urine testing sticks only to use saliva and then to learn that they were ovulating much later than they had assumed. Once they learned this, they then had to wait a whole additional month to start again.
I've put together a few websites that take a lot of the guess work out of choosing your baby's gender when getting pregnant. You'll find step by step instructions, resources for determining ovulation times, douche recipes and food PH lists, information on when to conceive, tips, support, and examples of ovulation predictors / PH testing strips.
If you want a boy baby, check out http://conceive-a-boy-baby.com/
If you want a girl baby, check out http://conceive-a-girl-baby.com/