Delaying mikveh to try for boy
23 December, 2010
Hi, thanks for this incredible resource.
Many doctors believe that to conceive a boy, one needs to have relations after ovulation, and not in the few days prior to ovulation.
If a woman normally ovulates a couple days after mikvah, thereby having relations directly before she ovulates, is it halachikly permissible to postpone mikvah till ovulation, in order to conceive a boy with the help of G-d.
What is the halacha in this regard?
Thank you for your assistance.
Although we cannot attest to the efficacy of this theory, from a halachic standpoint there is nothing inherently wrong with timing intercourse to try for a particular gender. Therefore it would be permissible to abstain from intercourse on nights less likely to lead to conception of a boy (according to such studies). You can choose to immerse as scheduled in order to permit other forms of affection and abstain from intercourse, or delay immersion until you would engage in intercourse.
We also recommend that you try to accurately track your ovulation with over the counter ovulation kits so as not to abstain needlessly.
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