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It was 2011 and Kathryn Taylor was ready to get pregnant — with a boy. “I wanted a boy first mainly for my husband. I thought it would make him relate to the baby more, and just be more excited overall. I also wanted a boy first so he would protect his future siblings at school, and look out for them in general. Maybe it's silly, but that's how I felt at the time,” she says.
In fact, having a boy was so important to Taylor, who has a degree in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from UCLA, that she started researching what variables affect whether an X or Y sperm fertilizes an egg. She remembers rushing home from work each day to spend her free time obsessively scouring databases for scientific journal papers on the topic. It took her about seven months of digging to piece together her own method, one that she believes is better, easier to understand and implement, and works more successfully than anything else out there. After she had her pre-planned boy in 2012, followed...