If you’re really, really hoping to conceive a baby boy, there might actually be more you can do than just crossing your fingers.
It’s true there’s no hard science behind these sex tips, but try telling that to the parents who swear by the little tricks that helped them guarantee their baby’s gender. Science says it’s the genetic makeup of the father’s sperm that influences a baby’s sex, but even some experts will tell you these simple strategies really work.
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.
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?
Next Up: Wait until you ovulate
Originally published April 2013. Updated December 2016.