While many couples desire a boy for their first child, the situation can also arise that there are already several girls in a household. While these girls are undoubtedly loved and treasured by their parents, it is only natural that a boy might be wanted for the next birth. While there is no method that can absolutely guarantee the birth of a boy, the Ericsson Method does offer a reasonably good chance to achieve success.
The Ericsson Method
The Ericsson Method is based on the idea that higher concentrations of y chromosome sperm would result in a higher percentage of boys being conceived. This method will produce a success rate of 70% to 75%. The Ericsson Method is not a procedure that can be done at home, it must be carried out in a clinic that handles this technique. In the Ericsson Method, the y chromosome sperm and x chromosome sperm (female chromosome) are separated.
To separate the sperm, the sample is put into a test tube that contains albumin of varying layers of thickness. As male sperm swim faster than female sperm, the male sperm will penetrate to the bottom of the test tube more quickly. Removing layers on a timed basis, at the end of the procedure, mostly male sperm should be left.
Once the y chromosome sperm have been obtained, it is necessary to artificially inseminate the mother-to-be. This procedure is done in one of Dr. Ericsson’s licensed clinics and generally will take about four hours. To have a child conceived by this method will cost about several thousand dollars. This basic technique will usually gives the promised 70% to 75% success ratio. A more sophisticated technique, also offered by these fertility centers, will cost considerably more. This advanced method will increase the chances of conceiving a boy by quite a bit. Couples seeking this service should discuss their needs with personnel at the Ericsson Centers. These costs are generally not covered by health insurance. Prices may vary at the different centers, so potential clients should be sure to discuss financial arrangements before undertaking the procedure.
Over 3000 babies have been born under the aegis of the Ericsson Method worldwide since it first became known to the public. No method can absolutely guarantee that a couple will conceive a boy, but the Ericsson Method will increase the chances by a significant percent. Please remember, that no matter whether you conceive a boy, as you wished, or a girl, every child is unique and to be treasured for themselves.