METHODS - SUPERSTIONS Since ancient times couples have been...

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SUPERSTIONS Since ancient times, couples have been trying to influence the sex of their children following a suggestion by Aristotle: That is that they were making love in the north wind to ensure the birth of a son and in the south wind to ensure the birth of a daughter. Men went to the limits of actually tying a string around their left testicle to make a boy and tying the right one to make a girl. Some old-wife's tales included instructions like taking an axe to bed, have intercourse and then chant 'Ruck, ruck, roy. you shall have a boy' or 'Ruck. ruck, raid, you shall have a maid'! One of the most bizarre recipe I have ever come across is the last one of course, “lo drink the blood of a lion and then have intercourse under the full moon to have a son."
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SUPERSTIONS Some of the other more common ones: Your child is what you eat According to folk wisdom, what you put in your body before conceiving may affect what comes out nine months later. So now if you want a boy... Eat more meat — the redder the better. Stick with salty snacks such as pretzels and chips. And Dads to be: Stock up on soda, especially cola drinks. But if you want a girl... Both partners should eat lots of fish and veggies. Give in to your chocolate craving, or just eat sweets in general.
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HOME KITS What exactly is a home kit? These are basically at-home kits (kind of like do it yourself). Separate girl and boy kits include a thermometer, ovulation predictor test sticks, vitamins, herbal extracts, that are supposedly gender specific. Effectiveness These kit makers supposedly claim a 96 percent success rate. But the American Society for Reproductive Medicine tells consumers not to bet on it. Even some medical experts go a step further and say the kit maker's claims are without scientific merit. How it's done You track your cycle using the thermometer and ovulation predictor test sticks on which you urinate on. Like the shettles method, (explained later) you have intercourse two to four days before ovulation if you want a girl and as close as possible to ovulation if you want a boy. Vitamins and herbal extracts are also included to supposedly boost your odds of getting the gender of your choice.
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PROS AND CONS OF HOME KITS METHOD Pros - Requires no invasive medical procedures. - Convenient. Cons - The success rate claimed by the makers is questionable. - Expensive Cost - $199 for a 30-day kit.
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THE SHETTLES METHOD What is Shettles Method? - Yet another unreliable theory is called the Shettles Method. In here, they theorize that sperm bearing Y chromosomes moves faster but don't live as long as sperm that carry X chromosomes. So if you want a boy, you should have sex as close as possible to ovulation. If you want a girl, you should have sex two to four days before you ovulate.
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