Despite most parents ultimately just wishing for a healthy baby, there are many cultural and social factors that can drive the desire for a baby of a particular sex. The medical technology for sex selection of embryos has existed in Australia for many years, but such an option is only available for medical reasons, such as sex-linked chromosomal disorder. This leaves parents who do have a gender preference looking for natural ways of predetermining the sex of their baby. In the s, the idea that timing sex around ovulation can tip the odds in favour of a girl or a boy was popularised by Shettles and Rorvik in the best-selling book How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby. However, Y sperm live fast and die young.
Sperm can live outside the body for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the conditions
Monday's medical myth: you can control the sex of your baby
Sperm gets ejected from the penis, enters the vagina, and swims up the reproductive tract until they reach the egg to fertilize it. Barely years ago, it was considered a major scientific breakthrough when scientists came up with the idea that a fully formed, tiny human inhabited the head of each sperm — totally debunked and untrue. Fortunately, as the human body has evolved over thousands of years to maximize fertility potential, so has our scientific understanding about sperm. But many of us still believe some pretty unscientific, long-standing sperm myths. Here are twelve of the most common ones.
12 Widely Believed Sperm Facts That Are Actually False
Couples who want a family will make efforts to have children. Mother and father usually have gender preferences for each child. Determining the gender of a baby is not something that can be easily arranged.