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6 sex tips that might actually help you conceive a boy

Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion and beauty writer living in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University, she regularly contributes to The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and authors the Star Style column for StyleBakery Teen. ...

These sex strategies that could increase your odds of conceiving a boy

Think of using a certain position to determine the sex of your baby less like playing God and more like rolling the dice to see if the odds fall in your favor. While there has yet to be a concrete study proving that one particular sex position can guarantee a baby's gender, plenty of parents swear by these bedroom tricks to get the baby boy they had their hearts set on.

Ultimately, it's genetic makeup of the father's sperm that influences a baby's sex, but many parents (and a few experts) still insist that creative positioning can get the short-living male sperm closer to the finish line:

1. Try it from behind

Also known as "Doggie Style,” this position is highly recommended to couples hoping to conceive a boy, says Stacy Rybchin, founder of My Secret Luxury. Why? "Because it allows for deeper penetration, and consequently, during ejaculation, the male sperm get deposited closer to the cervix.” In general, male sperm are faster, but they don't live as long as females do, so the less distance they have to travel, the better!

2. Do it standing up

Apparently to conceive a boy, you should have sex standing up! This position, like doggie style, enables deep penetration and is also thought to give the faster male sperm an advantage seeing as sperm must swim against gravity to get to the egg. While not backed by science, it's worth a shot if you're hoping for a male.

More: Sex positions for conceiving a girl

3. Choose a position that makes you orgasm

Seriously, we're not joking! In short, an orgasm causes your vagina to become more alkaline. Fortunately for you, this shift in pH balance majorly favors male sperm, meaning they have a greater shot at actually reaching that egg and fertilizing it first. So go ahead, enjoy yourself, if you catch our drift (hint, hint). Plus, shouldn't we all be doing this anyway?

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