Are Parents Who Conceive Through IVF More Likely to Have a Boy?

As a mom of a son conceived through IVF, I wasn’t all that surprised to read that an Australian study found a higher ratio of boys born via assisted-reproduction. In fact, I distinctly remember that it seemed like all of my friends who did IVF when I did were having boys, too. Maybe it wasn't a total coincidence.

The study, conducted by the University of New South Wales and published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, tracked approximately 13,165 babies born via assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in Australia and New Zealand between 2002 and 2006. About 53 to 56 percent of women who had IVF treatments gave birth to boys.

Now, keep in mind, that's still a very slight increase in likelihood of a boy -- BBC News says that naturally, they account for about 51 percent of births, so it's only a 2 to 5 percent jump. So, truly, it doesn't explain the overwhelming number of baby boys in my social circle -- and it doesn't mean that if you want a boy, you should have IVF -- but to know that something other than the father's DNA could possibly influence a baby's gender is completely fascinating.

Did you try anything to influence your baby's gender while trying to conceive? Chime in below!

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