Does Your Sperm Count Have To Be High To Have A Boy Baby?

By: Sandy Dean: I sometimes hear from couples who want to have a boy baby or a son. However, some are afraid that one of them doesn’t have what it takes in order to make this happen. As far as the man or father to be is concerned, some worry that their sperm count isn’t high enough or isn’t optimal.

I might hear a comment like: “I am pretty sure that my husband has a low sperm count. I believe this for a couple of reasons. First of all, we are having some trouble getting pregnant. We have been trying for eight months and I am still not pregnant. Second, his brother and wife had to do fertility treatments in order to become pregnant because his brother had low sperm count. So I am afraid that this condition has run in my husband’s family and now his sperm count is low. We are wanting a boy baby. But I have read that a high sperm count makes this more likely and that a low sperm count makes girls more likely. Is this true? And, if so, what can I do about it?”

Well before I get to the low / high sperm count issue, I do want to stress that it didn’t appear to be certain that this was going to be an issue. She was assuming that her husband had the same condition as his brother, but her husband had not been tested. So this was only an assumption that could have been wrong. And, eight months is not an alarmingly long time not to become pregnant. Most specialists don’t even encourage you to get a check up until you have been trying for at least a year or more without success.

With all of this said, for the sake of argument, let’s say that she was right and that her husband indeed had low sperm count. I honestly didn’t think that this would make much of a difference in terms of baby gender. But I did research this to be sure. And although I could find references to studies which supposedly indicated a five percent bias toward boy babies for men with higher sperm counts, I didn’t find the studies themselves.

Supposing that the studies were true, a five percent bias is not all that statistically significant. Typically, the odds for males and females are equal because men produce equal amounts of boy and girl producing sperm. So, even assuming that this is true, it’s taking the odds from 50 / 50 to 55 / 45. Sure, the odds are slightly better, but in this scenario, plenty of daughters would be born to men with high sperm count and plenty of sons would be born to men with low sperm count.

Not only this, but there are so many other variables that can dramatically influence baby gender. I believe that reasoning behind this “high sperm count theory” is that because boy sperm are faster, if you have then in higher numbers, the odds are better that they will win the race to the egg. But frankly, if you have a higher sperm count, you are still going to have the same ratio of X to Y (or girl producing to boy producing sperm.) So if the amount of boy sperm were to increase because of a high sperm count. So would the girl sperm. To me, it would almost cancel each other out.

Granted, having a high sperm count gives you a better chance of becoming pregnant. You have more sperm which can potentially fertilize the egg, so you have more of a chance of success. But, this would be true no matter which gender you want.

In my opinion, if you want a boy, you are better off making sure that the woman is alkaline, making sure that you are having sex after ovulation, and using deep penetration when you have sex. Because I believe that the combination of these three variables could potentially raise your odds for a boy baby much higher than 55%. And frankly, these variables are much easier to manipulate and control whereas sperm count is not.

If you’d like more information to get the gender of your choice, I’ve put together a few websites to break this process down. If you want a boy baby, check out If you want a girl, see