Many parents swear by at-home methods of gender selection. But can you really sway the odds? Ellen Durston, a newspaper reporter in Chicago, always wanted her first child to be female. Durston came across a technique pioneered 30 years ago by the late obstetrics researcher Landrum Shettles, M. Would Zoe have been Zachary if the couple had left it to chance?
Most advice is harmless, but some can be harmful. Some sex selection diets can be downright dangerous, and some gender swaying methods can decrease the odds of you getting pregnant at all. There are assisted reproductive technologies that can help you have a girl or a boy. However, they are expensive, come with medical risks, and are still not percent guaranteed. Plus, not all fertility clinics offer sex selection technology without medical need. On the medical side, there are some sex-linked genetic diseases. For example, hemophilia and Duchenne muscular dystrophy almost always occur in boys.
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So it all comes down to the banana. The yellow fruit with the phallic shape — appropriate in this context — is the best dietary aid for intending mothers wanting a boy, according to research published yesterday. In what they claim is the first scientific evidence that diet influences infant gender, researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Oxford have found that women who consume more calories around the time of conception, and, in particular, eat more bananas, are more likely to have sons. At the same time, those who skip breakfast and breakfast seems to be key are more likely to have daughters. The differences are extremely slight.