Does Ovulating Late In My Cycle Mean I’m More Likely To Get A Boy Baby? What About A Girl?

By: Sandy Dean: I often hear from people who are concerned that their body’s ovulation schedule is going to either influence their ability to get pregnant or their ability to conceive the gender of their choice.

People sometimes assume that if they do not ovulate on day 14 or midway through their cycle, then they are somewhat inferior or that the quality of their ovulation is not ideal. They worry that ovulating earlier or later than this will mean they won’t get the healthy pregnancy or the gender that they are going for.

I hear a lot from women who have begin testing for their ovulation and who can’t help but notice that they are ovulating “late.” And by late I mean that they notice that they are getting the positive reading after mid way through their menstrual cycle. They worry that this is not the way that it is supposed to happen for the outcome that they were hoping for.

Someone might say: “I will be honest and tell you that I was lazy about checking my ovulation in the past. I just assumed that it happened for me mid way through my cycle. So I was having intercourse to conceive at that time. But nothing happened. So I figured it was a good idea to start testing. And when I did, I was shocked. I actually ovulate between day 18 and 20. I had been trying for a girl baby, but people have been telling me that women who ovulate late are more likely to get a boy baby. Is this true?”

Before I answer, let’s look at what really matters. When you are ovulating, you can become pregnant. And that is the only time.  If there is no ovulation, there is no egg.  And if there is no egg, there can be no pregnancy.  But any ovulation means that the possibility of pregnancy exists. This is true no matter when that date occurs. A woman can just as easily begin a healthy pregnancy when she ovulates on day 7, 14, or 21. As long as she is able to introduce sperm to her waiting egg during her ovulation window, she can become pregnant.

Not all women ovulate on day 14. Some women have different schedules each month. This isn’t inferior. It is just different. And, the baby gender that you have can be influenced by when you conceive as it relates to your ovulation. For example, it’s said that you are more likely to have a girl when you conceive before ovulation. And to have a boy, you want to conceive after ovulation.

To be honest, women who ovulate late and do not realize it would be more likely to conceive a girl baby. Why? Because you might assume that you’ve ovulating around the mid point and start trying to conceive – when actually you have days left before ovulation actually occurs. So you are hitting the target before ovulation which makes you more likely to have a girl.

However, if you want a boy, then you will want to continue to test your ovulation exactly as you have. Once you get the positive reading, then you’ll want to go ahead and try to conceive.  But you want to wait until then.

If you don’t get pregnant, then make a note of when you ovulated. If you do this over time, you should notice a general pattern so that it will be much easier for you to plan for the next month. Again, if you know you’re ovulating around day 18 and you want a girl, start having intercourse slightly before that.  For a boy, wait until after that.

I don’t want you to think that late ovulation means you will have any difficulties. Regular ovulation is what you are looking for and frankly, it doesn’t matter at what point in the month that occurs. All you need is ovulation and sperm. What the calendar says really should not come into play.

While timing is important, so is the woman’s vaginal PH and the way that you have sex.  If you’d like more quick information about how all of this works together, I’ve put together some websites which I hope explain it pretty simply. If you want a girl baby, see If you want a boy, check out

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