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Deciding Baby's Sex

Can diet, timing, and changing body chemistry really determine the sex of your baby?

Hazards of Sex Selection? continued...

As for the suggestion to douche, Frieder advises not. "They could be caustic to the sperm."

But in general, most of the low-tech methods to influence a baby's sex seem harmless, even if they don't work, Frieder says. "It gives couples something to do while they are waiting to get pregnant."

Allyson A. Gonzalez, MD, another gynecologist at Santa Monica-UCLA & Orthopaedic Hospital, agrees. Old wives' tales may deserve respect, she says, even if they aren't backed by scientific proof. "Old wives tales don't come from nowhere," she says. If a method won't harm parents-to-be or the unborn baby, she says, she doesn't discourage it. But she cautions couples not to count on any of the methods working.

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Reviewed on April 28, 2008

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