Old wives’ tales claiming to help you conceive a baby of a certain gender have been told since time began, but is there any truth to them?
According to a study from the Netherlands involving 32 couples, 81 per cent who stuck to a “gender selection” plan were successful.
According to the study, the gender selection plan involved timing sex based on whether the couples wanted a boy or girl. For example, having sex a few days before ovulation meant that when the egg was eventually released, the male sperm were already spent, while the female sperm were still available. This is because boy sperm swim faster but also die faster, while girl sperm are slower, but more resilient.