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Mikveh timing and gender

11 May, 2009

Question:

Hi,
We have three wonderful sons bH and very badly want to have a daughter. I have been reading a lot about the Shettles method, which recommends timing intercourse before ovulation for increasing the chances of a girl,but I only get to the mikvah on ovulation day or the day after. Is there anything- medication, birth control pills (our rav allows it for us), or anything, that can help me get to the mikvah earlier in the cycle? Please help. (Obviously we will consult our rav, but I want to hear all the possibilities, however remote, to put before him when we go.)
Thanks.


Answer:

When women ovulate prior to immersing in the mikveh, a situation known as "Halachic Infertility," halachah allows for medically delaying ovulation, as with Clomid.  There are also various halachic measures that in some cases enable a woman to immerse earlier than she has been. 

Our article on Halachic Infertility – Treatment, and the posted questions under Halachic Infertility, detail these medical and halachic approaches, laying out the possibilities that would be relevant to discuss with your rav.  Since your case is not halachically equivalent to that of an infertile couple, you cannot assume that a given leniency applies to you without first raising it with your rav.

Unfortunately, there is little evidence for the efficacy of the Shettles method.  This fact needs to be brought to your rav's attention as well.  More important, you should be prepared for the possibility of having another boy, even if you employ the Shettles method.

Behatzlachah!  Please contact us with any further questions.


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