Does The Time Of Ovulation Affect The Gender Of Your Baby? What If You’re Early Or Late?

By: Sandy Dean: I sometimes hear from folks who feel as if their ovulation schedule is a little abnormal in terms of when it occurs within their cycle. Many perceive that ovulating midway through your cycle is “normal,” while ovulation earlier or later in the month is abnormal. This can cause them to wonder if their slightly odd cycle is going to mean that they will get one gender over another.

An example of a comment in this scenario is something like: “over the last several months, I’ve started to track my ovulation because I want to conceive a boy baby. Because my periods are regular, I always just assumed that I ovulated midway through my cycle, or at around days 14 or 15. Well, this isn’t correct. I ovulate much earlier than this at around day 11 or 12. I have heard that ovulating early means that I will get a girl baby and that ovulating late means that I’d be more likely to get a boy. This is very disappointing to me. Can I control if I ovulate later in the month? And is it true that I need to ovulate later in the month in order to have the best chance for a boy baby?” I’ll try to answer these questions in the following article.

Fertility Cycles Vary Widely. Having Earlier Or Later Cycles Doesn’t Mean You Are Abnormal: I can not stress enough that there is no “normal” or “typical” time for your ovulation to occur. Ovulation times can vary from woman to woman and from month to month. When I was trying to conceive my second child, I was very surprised to see that like the woman above, I assumed that I was ovulating mid way through my cycle, I actually was ovulating at around day 20 rather than day 14. However, this didn’t mean that one gender was off limits to me. It only meant that I needed to start the process of conceiving later on in the month. But, the process is the same. You are just trying to identify your ovulation day and then act accordingly. And it really doesn’t matter if you ovulate early, mid way, or late in your cycle. As long as you do the right things at the right time, what the calendar says really doesn’t matter.

What You Are Really Concerned About If You’re Having Sex Before Or After Ovulation, Not When Occurs During The Month. This woman was ovulating earlier in her cycle but she wanted a boy. Having an earlier ovulation date should not matter as long as she attempted to conceive after her ovulation day had happened. See, for a boy baby, you want to try to conceive after ovulation has occurred. But for a girl, you want to reverse the process and conceive before ovulation.

Sure, having a cycle that means you ovulate a little earlier or a little later can mean that you have to test yourself earlier or later than you would if you ovulated midway through. But this doesn’t really matter as long as you are acting early enough or late enough to pinpoint exactly when your ovulation is happening and then you act accordingly.

So to answer the questions posed, the time of the ovulation would only affect the gender of your baby if the timing caught you unaware and therefore you weren’t able to attempt to have sex at the appropriate time. That’s why I always recommend beginning to test for ovulation as soon as your menstrual period is over. Because you never know what your cycle might bring. But as long as you are able to identify that ovulation is approaching (saliva predictor kits are effective for this,) and you act accordingly, then you should be able to proceed as if your ovulation happens during a mid way cycle. But frankly, the time frame of your cycle does not give you a better or worse change in getting your desired gender. What makes the difference is whether you have conception sex before or after that same ovulation. This is true regardless of whether your cycle is midway through, earlier, or later.

So yes, whether your timing is what you conceive to be early or late, it’s still very important.  But it is only one variable that contributes to you baby’s gender.  PH and sexual positions come into play too.  I’ve put together a few websites that remove a lot of the guesswork and walk you through the 3 step process.  If you are trying for a boy baby, check out And if you’re trying for a girl, check out

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