Does It Take More Sperm To Produce A Girl Or A Boy Baby?

By: Sandy Dean: I sometimes hear from couples who worry that the father – to – be’s sperm output (or lack thereof) is going to keep them from conceiving the gender that they want. They are sometimes worried that the man produces amounts of sperm that are too low or insufficient and therefore won’t be able to produce the boy or girl that they want.

I might hear a comment like: “what gender is more likely for a man who doesn’t produce much sperm? I really want a boy baby. But, when we are not trying to conceive and just having intercourse for pleasure, I notice that my husband doesn’t put out a lot of sperm.  I’m wondering if I should try to get him to see a specialist.  And I worry what this will mean when I try to choose my baby’s gender? Does it take more sperm to get a boy or girl baby?”

Before I try to answer this, I want to try to help put this in perspective for you.  I’m not a specialist.  And I would encourage you to see one if you feel that it is necessary.  But, the typical man actually doesn’t produce much sperm in ejaculate. If you research this, you will find that the average amount of semen in ejaculate by the average man is only one and one half teaspoon. If you go to your kitchen and measure this out with water, you will see that this is not very much at all. So, it’s possible that your husband produces a very normal amount and you do not need to be concerned.

Further, it only takes one microscopic sperm to fertilize the egg to result in a pregnancy. To put this in perspective even more, the typical ejaculate will contain between 40 million and 600 million sperm chromosomes. Think about that type of volume for a second. Granted, you’ll have a better chance of becoming pregnant if you are on the higher end of the spectrum simply because there are more possible candidates. However, even on the low end, having 40 million candidates when all it takes is one still gives you more than enough to work with.

In terms of baby gender, men’s sperm has equal numbers of boy (y) and girl (x) producing sperm. So regardless of if your husband produces 40 million or 600 million sperm chromosomes each time, roughly half of them will give you girls and roughly half of them will give you boys. And, to answer the original question posed, neither gender requires a large amount of sperm. Both only require a tiny, microscopic amount.

I hope that this has helped to reassure you. Think about it in another way. Women can and do become pregnant from pre-ejaculation fluid because some sperm are still present at that time. Since it only takes sperm around 90 seconds to reach a woman’s cervix, the “pull out” method of birth control is not always effective. If you can become pregnant from just a small amount of sperm contained in pre ejaculate, then you can most certainly become pregnant with what you think are small amounts of sperm that have been deposited in the traditional way.

If you’d like more specific information on how to get the gender of your choice at home, I’ve put together a few websites that explain it step by step. If you want a boy baby, check out If you want a girl, see

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