Scientists on how boys are conceived — not really

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If grandma's words of wisdom aren't quite your thing, there are plenty of scientific ways you can help yourself in conceiving a boy. The bad news is, some of the science sounds almost as ridiculous as the old wives’ tales. We present 5 of the best -- and weirdest -- theories on how boys are conceived.

How boys are conceived…

Genetics will tell you that it’s the guy that determines gender at the point of  conception: girls have XX chromosomes, and boys have XY chromosomes. So while the woman’s egg will only pass on an X chromosome to a baby, it’s the man’s sperm that quite literally plays the lucky dip for an X or a Y.

Scientifically proven theories on conceiving a boy

Scientifically proven theories on how boys are conceived

All that being said, conditions for that lucky dip can still be manipulated by our fair ladies for an “unfair draw”. Scientists are still trying to validate the possibility for couples to “pick sides” with theories and studies that, though scientifically sensible, are still just theories at the end of the day.

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Boys are conceived in perfect timing? 

Timing is (slightly more likely to be) everything. Fire up your ovulation calculator for this one. Conception that occurs closest to or upon ovulation will raise the chances of you conceiving a boy; that would be on the day of ovulation itself, or one day after.

Since good, healthy sperm can survive an average of 3-4 days given the right conditions (see what orgasms do to you below), feel free to get frisky for the same amount of days around your ovulation.

But may I offer one piece of advice as a man: please explain what ovulation is to your husband, because we really don’t know the difference between that and your period, and we will never dare ask.

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