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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Main Street Books; Revised edition (December 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038548562X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385485623
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #576,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

In this fourth revision, some steps of sex-selection have been refined or eliminated over the years, but the accurate determination of time of ovulation remains the basic tenet. The authors endorse the cervical mucous method for ovulation detection and consider other procedures as alternatives or additional means in achieving success. They attribute traditionalists' reticence to providing sex-selection guidelines to a concern for ethical questions of "gendercide," but they argue that most parents do consider sex-selection to balance families. It is an alluring concept, judging by the popularity of previous editions. This updated and moderately priced version is highly recommended for public libraries.
- Mary Hemmings, Health Science Lib., McGill Univ., Montreal
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A revised edition of the complete guide to the gender selection method best supported by scientific evidence, with evaluations of home ovulation tests, commercially available gender selection kits, and sophisticated clinical tests. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

I really believed in this book, and would highly recommend it.
R. M. Chirico II
It worked for us, we followed what Dr. Shettles said and had good results.
Sandra J. Oliva
I have read this book- and it is very informative and interesting.
Debra Munar

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168 of 172 people found the following review helpful By Irish Mother on April 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
The first 100 pages of this book deal with how good this method is and how wonderful Dr. Shettles is. That may be true, but not very useful. The key aspect of sex selection is the timing of intercourse around ovulation. This and all other aspects of fertility are explained in much clearer and greater detail in the wonderful book Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler. She provides LOTS of charts and examples and photos to help you track your cycle compared to just three sample charts in Dr. Shettles book. She also summarizes the techniques for sex selection in a separate chapter, and it makes a lot more sense after her detailed explanation of overall cycle tracking. If you're really focused on sex selection, you may gain some extra from Dr. Shettles book (like who should and shouldn't drink coffee), but it should be read in combination with Toni Weschler's book, which will answer any practical questions you have left.
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108 of 110 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Kaufman on October 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
My sister introduced me to this book when she and her husband decided to have their fourth and last child (1st three are boys)She followed the book to a tee and had a little girl.I was blessed as well with a son and three years later with a daughter after following the suggestions.This book is a useful tool to really understanding the mechanics of your reproductive system.It is not MAGIC(approx.80% success rate), But is based on scientific evidence that will greatly improve your ability to conceive the gender of your choice.It describes about how to chart your ovulation and learn WHEN you actually ovulate.You need to do this for several months before actually implementing the plan.In a nutshell,it all has to do with the TIMING of your intercourse in relation to the time you ovulate(three to four days prior to ovulation for a girl and as close to ovulation as possible for a boy).It is described in detail and the scientific data supplied.Not everyone ovulates on day 14 of a menstrual cycle.Understanding factors such as stress,illness,diet on your ovulation are explained and will help you learn to know your body.Remember, ALL CHILDREN ARE A BLESSING, GOOD LUCK!!!
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 2003
Format: Paperback
A Wonderful and Successful System - My wife read this book long before we attempted to have any children and I was skeptical. She explained the process, which is envolved. It was completely worth the effort to follow the formulas as described in the book. We now have four children, two older boys and two younger girls, exactly as planned. This book was 100% successful for us and our family.
After reading and understanding the theories that were explained in the book, we tried it and it worked. The instructions were based on the fact that the baby's gender is primarily based upon the Ph (acid/alkalinity) of the bodies of the male and female at the time of conception. I think there were 5 to 10 different factors that could be pushed in one direction or the other to make it more likely your baby would be a boy or a girl. And for us, it worked each time.
I have recommended this book many times over the years and if you want to achieve a special desire in terms of the sex of your offspring, follow the steps in this book and I wish you all the happiness you desire for yourself and your loved ones. Good Luck!
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213 of 236 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Chirico II on November 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
Someone I work with told me about this book. After having two lovely girls, I was about ready to try anything for a boy. I gave the book to my wife for an Xmas present. In February, we conceived a child. Our son Michael Ralph was born two weeks ago, and he means everything to us! We are so blessed, and happy that words alone somehow can't fully explain it. It still feels weird because I guess I was just so used to having girls. Anyway, be sure to read both chapters on the girl and boy, so you know what to do, and what not to do. Most of all, you must be willing to love whatever the Lord blesses you with. I really believed in this book, and would highly recommend it. In fact it is amazing how long the book has been out (first edition 1970). Be sure to follow the method, and have fun.
Good Luck to all!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Dana M. Hoffman on March 31, 2000
Format: Paperback
I found this book very informative. We lost our son and daughter in a car accident in 1996. We now have two sons that we love dearly, and wanted to give it one more try for a (another) girl. We went into it with the understanding that it could easily be a boy, and that was fine with us. We tried the methods very carefully and also used the book,Taking Charge of Your Fertility, and with the total understanding of my body, we now have baby Emily who is 8 weeks old. Good luck to all, but make sure you go into it with the fact that it could go either way and girls are harder to get (timing wise).
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is based on over 30 years of research. It all boils down to timing of ovulation in respect to intercourse. If you are serious about wanting a boy or a girl, this book is very informative. BUT...YOU NEED TO READ THE ENTIRE BOOK! Not just bits and pieces or one chapter. You need to understand how sperm work (life span, hardiness, difference between boy producing sperm and girl producing sperm) and how to figure out your ovulation pattern. You have to be dedicated and do the test cycles to find out the ovulation pattern for your body before you try to conceive. But please remember the success rate is 81% for a boy, 74% for a girl. We wanted two children one of each. We were blessed with a girl! And our next baby we tried for the boy. We have a 12 week baby boy!
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