If you would like a specific gender for your child, there have been countless ways throughout history to try and influence the gender during pregnancy. In modern day, this looks like old wives tales on what to eat when trying to conceive, and how to tell if your bump is riding high or low to know if you are carrying a boy or a girl.
Luckily, we now have actual tests to tell us when we are pregnant, and what the sex of the baby will be during pregnancy. But, is there a way to actually influence the sex before birth? The short answer is yes! Read on to find out how to have a baby boy.
Myths vs Reality
Some historic pregnancy tests and gender confirmation tests have genuine scientific basis, like the ancient Egyptian practice of peeing on wheat or barley to see how fast the seeds sprout.
Some however, have absolutely no scientific basis. These are usually the ones that get talked about at family gatherings and consist mainly of friends and loved ones trying to share what worked for them when attempting to have one gender or another.
Simply put, the sex of a baby comes from the process of fertilisation, and has nothing to do with what you do before or after conception. We will now go through the process of fertilisation in a bit more detail so you can understand fully why none of the ‘old wives’ tales will work.
IVF for Baby Boys
This process is actually quite complicated, and certainly has more complexities than we can portray in a single article. Keep that in mind while reading, as sex determination is a very complicated process.
Humans have sex chromosomes that determine their gender in the womb. These are known as X and Y chromosomes. Everyone gets one X chromosome from their mother, which they have no way to alter.
Sex determination comes from the father. During the fertilisation process, the father’s sperm will carry either another copy of an X chromosome, or a Y chromosome to the mother’s egg and they will merge.
The resulting cell will have either XX chromosomes, or XY chromosomes. It is important to note at this stage that this is a very simplified version of events, and other combinations can exist but are very rare.
Babies with XX chromosomes will be girls, while babies with XY chromosomes will be boys. If you want a boy specifically, then you will need to ensure that you have a Y chromosome being provided by the father’s sperm.
Now, men create millions of sperm each day, and roughly half of them will be X, and half will be Y. That is why with traditional conception you have about a 50/50 chance for a boy. If you want to push those odds more in your favour, you would be best to talk to a specialist at Gender Selection Australia.
How Gender Selection Australia Can Help
The reasons for wanting a specific gender can be varied, and valid. This could be for reasons of balancing your family, or because you have a specific disease in your family that predominantly affects one sex. Or, it could just be because that is what you want.
Whatever your reason, to have accurate gender selection, you will need to undergo the process of IVF. IVF stands for in vitro fertilisation, and means choosing a sperm to fertilise the egg while outside of the womb, before the fertilised egg is then implanted into the uterus of the mother for pregnancy and birth.
Use of IVF for a baby boy is not currently legal in Australia, so you will have to travel overseas to start your IVF journey. By starting on the path with Gender Selection Australia, you can have preparatory and follow-up appointments with specialists who have been involved in every step of your care. This means that you can do as much of the process as possible in the comfort of your home country.
We have a partner clinic in Los Angeles where world-renowned embryologists can help you to select the best strategy for your family planning needs. This means you don’t need to worry about looking for a new doctor before travelling, or spending a bunch of time and money trawling through available doctors.
Once pregnant with your baby boy, you can come back home and rest easy, knowing all your specialists will have all the notes from your time overseas. This means you don’t need to worry about briefing a whole new care team, or introducing a lot of stress at what is already a vulnerable and emotional time.
IVF for baby boys is a successful process because it uses the process of preimplantation genetic testing. This lets us know not only the gender of the child, but also the risk of any diseases or conditions that may be common in your family.
To enjoy a safe and stress-free IVF experience to have your dream baby boy, contact Gender Selection Australia today.