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Is there a scientific way to plan for a baby with specific gender?

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Hello Doctor,

We are planning for a baby girl. So want to know what is the scientific way to achieve this? We have read on the Internet about Saliva test for finding the ovulation period. How accurate is this? Are there other type of tests for finding the ovulation period accurately? Are there any good tools in the market which are reliable for conducting this test by self? Pls suggest some tools on this aspect. Also pls let us know if regular clinics can conduct this test or any other test that would determine the ovulation period and would be the charges for the same in a city like Bangalore? Pls let us know any other information that would help us on this aspect.

Posted Fri, 27 Apr 2012 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Mitaly 33 minutes later

Thanks for posting your query

There is no scientific way to determine the gender of baby.It is natural method that when a "X" chromosome meets with a similar one from the father then a girl is born. As males have one X and one Y chromosome they determine the sex of the unborn baby.The sperm which is able to swim faster meets with an ova and fertilization occurs.

Regarding the different claims which are available in internet these days are baseless and are not reliable.

Ovulation period is the most fertile period in a woman's cycle as during that time the egg is released and in a normal 28 to 30 days cycle 9th to 16th days are the ovulation days and the starting day of period is counted as day 1.If during those days intercourse is done regularly then conception can occur.

Different claims as Saliva test,Vaginal ph test are not reliable as mother is not reponsible for the gender of the baby so how can these things affect it.

Ovulation period can be either calculated by itself or ovulation kits are available these days but that are also not 100% accurate.

The most accurate one is Ovulation study which is done by a Gynaecologist who monitors the egg release with an Ovulation reading instrument and then intercourse can be planned.But that is more recommended for woman who have difficulty in conceiving.

Since your wife has already delivered a baby I do not think that is required unless she has any difficulty in conceiving/regular cycles.

Hope this answers your query.I will be available for follow up query.
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