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 Subject: Statistics of having a certain gender Category: Health > Children Asked by: dustyg-ga List Price: \$20.00 Posted: 31 Dec 2005 19:55 PST Expires: 30 Jan 2006 19:55 PST Question ID: 427753
 `If my parents all had boys will I be more likely to conceive boys with my wife?`
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 ```It's a roughly 50/50 chance of gender for each conception. History of a random event has no impact on the future chances of a random event. I come from a generation in my family of 5 boys / 1 girl with a next generation of 4 boys / 1 girl and I am expecting my second daughter in 3 months. So, I come from a very "boy" family and we will have 2 daughters soon.```
 ```I'm not able to find a source for this right now, but it is possible that you may have a slightly higher chance of having a male child if your genetics programme for higher androgen production (which is very possible if you and your siblings are all male). Although the woman usually has slightly more 'control' over homonal exposure ofthe foetus than the male genes, it is possible that your genes may predispose the genetic male characteristics. Interestingly, if your genes do indeed predispose the foetus to higher levels of androgens (i.e. testosterone, or in the case of the foetus, dihydrotestosterone), if the child is female, she may show more 'masculine' characteristics (I'm not saying she may be gay, just that she may be better at 'male' things like maths/spatial skills, or more likely to be left-handed). There is a quick way to tell if you were exposed to high levels of testosterone in the womb by measuring your ring and pointer fingers in millimeters (palm-side up, from the 'basal' crease between finger and palm to the finger tip). Divide the pointer measurement by the ring. Women typically have a ratio of around 1.0, while males usually have around .98-.99. The lower the ratio, the higher the level of prenatal testosterone you were exposed to. Check out wikipedia's page on the topic: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digit_ratio If you do have a low ratio, it is likely you are genetically programmed to produce more testosterone and may therefore be more likely to have male children, but you should also note that other factors may be at work when determining your prenatal hormone exposure, such as maternal stress, etc. I hope that helps somewhat!```
 ```Also, interestingly, you are statistically more likely to have a male child than a female child anyway, as sperm carrying the 'y' chromonsome travel a slighly faster speeds than the one containing the 'x' chromosome (barely enough to be significant, but still!) :-)```