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CONCEIVING A BOY
Q My girlfriend and I are debating getting pregnant and we both
very much favour having a boy. Is there a way we can influence the
sex of the child?
A It's the sperm that determines the sex of the child. Sperm are either male (Y) or female
(X). All eggs are female (X). Theories around conceiving male or female babies are
based on timing sperm delivery so the desired sex sperm has the best chance of
fertilising the egg. Insemination must occur at ovulation. You're most likely to get
pregnant during the time extending from 36 hours before ovulation to six hours after
ovulation. This isn't rocket science, and it's not infallible, but here goes: the theory is
that insemination in the early part of the fertile period tends to produce girls and
insemination in the later part of the fertile period produces boys. This is because male
sperm are faster swimmers than female sperm, but they are not survivors. Life mimicking
life? So, if insemination occurs in the early part of the fertile period, the male sperm
may not survive until ovulation occurs, leaving the field open for stronger female sperm.
In the later part of the fertile period, the egg is ready and the male sperm reach it first.
It's also best if the woman orgasms before/at the time of insemination. The contraction
and relaxation of the walls of the uterus help transport of those fast swimming male
sperm from the vagina to the Fallopian tubes to fertilize the egg first. For the actual
insemination process, the knee chest position helps the sperm move towards the cervix,
as opposed to the 'missionary position' where the flow is against gravity. Good luck,
but don't forget: girls are nice too and at the end of the day conception is about having
a healthy child and giving it a loving life.
Q My partner and I are looking for an alternative to tampons and
sanitary pads. They are costing us a fortune and we hate having to
dispose of them. Any ideas?
A Good idea. The average woman throws away about 10,000 pads or tampons in
her life. That's a lot of rubbish and a lot of money. For the last ten years I have used
a wonderful device called 'The Keeper'. It's a small rubber cup that sits snugly inside
the vagina and collects menstrual blood. All you need to do is empty it from time to
time according to flow just as you would change your tampons, and it can be worn
overnight. It holds up to 30 mls of blood and has a life expectancy of at least
10 years. Mine is that old and still going strong. Besides reducing waste and saving
money, the Keeper is ideal for travelling, especially when tampons and pads are hard
to get. Just empty, rinse and you're ready to go. It's no harder to insert or remove than
a tampon. It comes in two sizes suitable for before and after childbirth and costs about
$65. Check it out at http://www.keeper.com.au/keeper.html I have also just
discovered a Canadian equivalent made of medical grade silicone called the
DivaCup. (http://www.thedivacup.com/en/home.html) It costs US$25.50 and can
be ordered online. Unlike the rubber Keeper, the DivaCup can be boiled to sterilise it,
if you are concerned by such things.
LOTL'S health columnist is a lesbian GP on the NSW north coast.
The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and
are not intended as a substitute for medical advice. If you have
concerns about your health please consult your health practitioner.
THEORIES AROUND CONCEIVING MALE OR FEMALE
BABIES ARE BASED ON TIMING SPERM DELIVERY SO
THE DESIRED SEX SPERM HAS THE BEST CHANCE OF
FERTILISING THE EGG.
THE AVERAGE WOMAN THROWS AWAY ABOUT
10,000 PADS OR TAMPONS IN HER LIFE.
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