Book Review: How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby by Landrum B. Shettles and David M. Rorvik

Posted On: January 22, 2017

I was immediately intrigued when I came across the book How to Choose the Sex of Your Baby by Landrum B. Shettles and David M. Rorvik. Since then, I’ve suggested it to several of my clients with a disclaimer that the information is only meant to educate – not guarantee the sex of their baby.

How to Choose the Sex of Your BabyRevised in 2006 and first published in 1970, this book provides authoritative scientific studies and compelling anecdotal evidence demonstrating the Shettles method. When properly applied, it promises to give couples a 75 percent or better chance of having a child of the desired sex.

In part one of three, the book addresses whether it is possible or moral to conceive a child of a specific gender. Part two covers the emergence of a scientific sex-selection method, while part three covers how to use the Shettles Method. This is include determining the time of ovulation using the cervical mucus method. Other than that, the significance of the female orgasm, sexual position during intercourse, means of influencing the acidity/ alkalinity of the female reproductive tract, and more are covered.

I cannot personally attest to whether the Shettles method works. However, I did appreciate the scientific approach behind this book and feel that it should be read by those interested in this topic of sex-selection (regardless of whether you intend to try it out).

Who is Martha?

Dr. Martha Tara Lee is Founder and Clinical Sexologist of Eros Coaching. She is a certified sexologist with a Doctorate in Human Sexuality. She provides sexuality and relationship coaching for individuals and couples, conducts sexual education workshops and speaks at public events. She is the author of the books Love, Sex and Everything In-Between, and Orgasmic Yoga. She is also the host of the weekly radio show Eros Evolution on OMTimes Radio. For more, visit or email

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