How Long Can A Woman’s Egg Live Each Month? And Does This Affect Baby Gender?

By: Sandy Dean:  If you’re trying to become pregnant, you probably already know that the time period in which you can do that is limited.  That’s because the two things that are needed for conception – sperm and egg – do not live forever.  Once they are released, they only have a limited amount of time before they weaken and die off.

Women often wonder for how long they can count on their egg.  They’ll ask things like: “I understand that once I get a positive ovulation test, this means that if my egg hasn’t already been released, it will be soon.  I also know that the clock is ticking on when it will die.  How long does the egg typically live?  How long do I have to conceive?  And if I want a boy baby, how does this come into play? Or what about a girl?”

The Longevity Of Egg And Sperm: Most literature and experts suggest that the egg can live anywhere from 12 – 48 hours after it is released. 48 hours is stretching things a bit because the egg does deteriorate before it dies.   But this doesn’t tell the whole story.  You also have to consider the longevity of the sperm.  A man’s sperm can live 3 – 5 days inside of a woman’s body.  That means that your fertility window can be a bit longer than the life span of the egg.  Why?  Because if you have sex before the egg is released, the sperm can be waiting on it while still being viable.  And, once it is released, you have the ability to try again during the time period that the egg is still viable.  Many people assume that they really only have one opportunity to have sex in an attempt to conceive since the egg doesn’t live for very long.  This isn’t exactly true when you consider that the sperm lives for longer.

What This Means In Terms Of Baby Gender: There are other considerations outside of longevity.  If you are trying to get a certain gender, then you need to be more deliberate with your timing.  An early conception (meaning you have sex before the egg is released) is more conducive for a girl baby.  A late conception (after the egg is released) is more conducive to a boy.  If you want a girl, then you’ll want to have sex BEFORE you get the positive reading if you are using a urine ovulation predictor.  This can be tricky.  Some people rely on the timing of past months to gauge this and others will use a more sensitive saliva predictor.

Plus, timing is just one factor in the baby gender lottery.  To have the best chance of getting the gender you want, you’ll want to cover every base possible.  Think of timing as first base.  Vaginal PH is second base.  Sexual positions are third base.  And using all of these variables together at the time of conception is the gender selection home run. I’ve explained this specific to both baby genders in the following sites: If you want a boy, check out If you want a girl baby, see

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