Taking quaifenesin, following an alkaline diet and upping dietary intake of sodium and potassium may increase a woman’s potential to conceive a boy, according to Parenting. A woman can also use the Whelan method to increase the likelihood of conceiving a boy.
Quaifenesin, an ingredient in some cough syrups, thins the cervical mucus, purportedly making it more favorable for Y-chromosome sperm, which produces boys, notes Parenting. Likewise, following an alkaline diet and increasing dietary intake of sodium and potassium can create an environment that is friendlier to Y-chromosome sperm.
Women can also use the Whelan method to increase the odds of conceiving a male child. This method involves calculating ovulation and timing intercourse to coincide with days when the chances are greater for having a boy, explains Parenting. Studies at the Harvard School of Public Health indicate that abstaining from intercourse until two to three days prior to ovulation increases the odds of conceiving a boy.