The sex of an infant is determined by either the mom, the dad, or both. Sex education in high school usually answers this question, but sometimes the teacher is so boring or too technical, it goes right over our heads. Well, don’t worry. In this article, you will know what it takes for a boy or a girl to develop, in simple terms and perhaps a little more fun. Before we start, if you had to guess, who do you think is responsible for the gender of a baby and why?
Who determines the gender of a baby?
If you guessed that the mom is responsible for the infant’s gender, you are WRONG! The father is the deciding factor. The father holds the key to a baby’s gender future.
How the male determines the sex of a baby
To start things off, both the male and the female have chromosomes - these are what develops the baby. The male’s chromosomes (sperm) and the female chromosomes (the eggs - oocytes) come together to make a baby. A male carries two different types of chromosomes - an X and a Y chromosome. The female only carries one type of chromosome - X. The X chromosome = female. The Y chromosome = male. If the Y chromosome meets the female’s egg first, the outcome of the baby’s gender will be a male. If the X chromosome meets the egg first, the baby’s sex will be a female.
Which chromosome has a better chance of reaching the oocytes first?
When it comes to which sex chromosomes of a male travels faster, the answer is the Y chromosome. Although faster, they are much lighter, and they die off quicker than X chromosomes. The Y chromosome can reach the egg in 45 minutes, while the slower ones can take up to 12 hours.
If parents want a better chance at having a girl, sex a few days before ovulation is recommended; Y sperms are more likely to die off before meeting the oocytes. The X sperm is bigger and survives longer than Y chromosomes, and remains active much longer. X sperm chromosomes are likley to survice acidic conditions to be the only chromosome type left alive during ovulation.
Ovulation comes once a month and lasts 24 hours. It usually occurs 14 days before the start of the next menstrual period.
What is the maximum amount of days sperm can live in a woman’s body before dying?
Sperm can live about five days. However, some live shorter periods depending on the condition of the fallopian tubes and uterus.
What causes a low sperm count?
- Exposure to high heats
- Processed meats, trans fats, soy products, and high-fat dairy
- Steroids for stimulating muscle growth
- Drugs and alcohol use
- Kidney failure
What foods increase sperm count?
- Dark Chocolate
As it was revealed, the male is responsible for determining the sex of a baby. Their chromosomes are both of an X and Y, which the Y is male sperm. Because the Y chromosome is smaller and weaker, if you’d prefer to have a boy, it is highly recommended to stay healthy (keep your sperm count high) and attempt to conceive a few days prior to ovulation.
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