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Are you thinking of trying to conceive, but really want a girl? There can be many reasons to hope for a baby of a specific gender, including family balancing, the possibility of gender-linked genetic diseases, and personal reasons like feeling you will relate more easily to a girl (or a boy).

Just like there are many reasons to want a baby of a certain gender, there are also many tales about gender selection methods. But, do they work? Natural gender selection methods like the Shettles method, the Whelan method and the O+12 method are quite popular among couples who are determined to try for a baby of their chosen gender.

We have written about these methods quite a lot on SteadyHealth, so if you are interested in finding out how they work feel free to use the search box at the top of our site to look any of them up. I'll tell you one thing though: Even if these methods increase your chances of conceiving a girl, which is dubious, there are no guarantees.

In general, couples who conceive will have a 50 percent chance of conceiving a girl. Some say that the timing of intercourse can swing the odds in your favor, but there are no properly-conducted scientific studies to confirm that hope. If you are simply hoping to increase your chances of having a girl, natural gender selection methods may be the right choice for you. If your underlying reasons for wanting to get pregnant only with a girl are medical, you may want to look into more scientific methods to help you.

MicroSort gender selection is a technique that sorts sperm according to their chromosome, resulting in a much higher chance of getting pregnant with a baby of your target gender. This method is currently only available to couples who have a risk of gender-linked genetic diseases.

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