Does Your Menstrual Flow Have Anything To Do With Baby Gender?

By: Sandy Dean:  I sometimes hear from people who are trying to read the cues that their bodies send in order to get pregnant with the gender of their choice.  One of these cues that I hear an awful lot about is a woman’s menstrual cycle or flow.  Many people are under the impression that many aspects about menstruation count when it comes to conception and to baby gender.

For example, I’ve had people ask if your menstrual flow being heavy or light means that you will get a boy or girl.  (I’ve had someone tell me that a light flow means a girl while heavy flow means a boy.)  I’ve had people tell me that women who have a menstrual flow early in the month will get girls while those with late flow will get boys.

I do understand that in earlier times before we had medical technology and an understanding of how fertility and conception worked, women and couples needed simple ways to remember when and how to conceive in order to achieve or avoid pregnancy.  But, the volume or your menstrual flow and the timing of it doesn’t have much to do with your baby’s gender.  Here is why.

When you have a menstrual period, the blood that you are seeing is made up of what sheds out of the lining of the uterus when no pregnancy as occurred.  So, you can use this as a clue that one ovulation cycle has ended and another has begun.  However, heavy or light blood flow has nothing to do with pregnancy. (Because pregnancy happens when sperm fertilizes egg which doesn’t coincide with menstruation,) and the amount of flow that you are seeing is simply the amount of lining that is being shed out.

Now, many people do believe that a heavy menstrual flow could be a sign of an issue like endometriosis which can affect fertility.  So if you think that this is a possibility, I would certainly consult a doctor.  But the volume of the flow does not affect baby gender.

Nor does having menstruation early or late in the month have any effect of pregnancy or gender.  You can become pregnant when you have intercourse around or during your ovulation period (which is different from your menstrual period) and it doesn’t matter at what time during the month this is.  Because this varies from woman to woman.  Some women have their ovulation early in the month.  And some have it late.  And some have it at different times because they don’t have regular cycles. But any of these scenarios can result in pregnancy regardless of what the calendar says as long as you have intercourse during you ovulation period and a sperm chromosome fertilizes the waiting egg.

I suppose menstruation can come into play only because it gives you a signal that your ovulation period for that month has ended.  That lets you know that soon, you can begin testing for ovulation.  Once you ovulate, then you can become pregnant by having intercourse during that ovulation period.  For girl babies, it’s said to be best to conceive a couple of days before this ovulation occurs.  And those wanting boy babies are advised to wait until after ovulation.

But menstruation and ovulation are very different.  Menstruation occurs once ovulation is finished and the lining of the uterus sheds because there was no pregnancy.  When this happens, the ovulation cycle happens all over again and eventually, a new egg will have the opportunity to be fertilized the next month.  If you become pregnant, there will be no menstrual period forthcoming.  If you do not, the uterus will shed again, and there will be a new round of menstrual flow. However, this flow has nothing to do with baby gender.  And it only relates to pregnancy because it is a sign that pregnancy has not occurred and as such, one cycle is ending while another begins – giving you a new chance to become pregnant the next month.

Although menstrual flow doesn’t really relate to baby gender, there are a lot of things that do – like timing, PH, and positioning used. If you’d like step by step instructions of what to do for each gender and when, I’ve tried to make it easy to understand. I’ve put together a few websites that explain it more directly. If you want a girl baby, see If you want a boy, check out

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