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Lydia Pinkham's Herbal Compound
For Conceiving a Girl

During July 2003, discussion on several boards began about the posibility that taking Lydia Pinkham's Herbal Compound, an herbal dietary supplement, could favor conceiving a daughter.

About Lydia Pinkham

Lydia Pinkham Card Lydia Pinkham's Herbal Compound was originally the famous Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, a patent medicine tonic used to treat "female complaints" and infertility in the Victorian age. Lydia Pinkham's tonic made her rich and famous, and her story is quite interesting.

The idea that Lydia Pinkham's (LP) compound might help to conceive a girl came from an alert board member who noted two girl pregnancies where the mothers were using LP, and investigated to find a total of 8 pregnancies where the mother was taking LP. She found that 7 of those 8 pregnancies resulted in girls. One mother had two girls while taking LP, and a boy without it.

Curiously, I don't know if Lydia Pinkham herself had daughters, although there are many mentions of her sons and granddaughters.

Theory About Lydia Pinkham's

If LP does make it more likely to conceive a girl, why? Here are some ideas that have been offered.
  • When tested with pH strips, the tonic is quite acidic (a pH of 2). An acidic environment, according to Shettles, is more hostile to sperm and only the hardier female sperm are likely to survive.
  • Black cohosh and other LP ingredients may balance estrogen levels (lower estrogen levels if you are estrogen dominant, or raise it if you are low in estrogen). Some believe that low-estrogen levels make it likely to conceive a girl, and women who are estrogen dominant (higher estrogen levels than progesterone) are more likely to conceive a boy.

Using Lydia Pinkham's to Conceive a Girl

I strongly advise you to consult your doctor before using a dietary supplement that could be harmful while you are trying to conceive. The ingredients in LP have not been evaluated by the FDA. Please see the Ingredients and Warnings page.
  1. Take as directed on the package, or you may try 1/2 dosage.
    Some have reported dizziness or nausea. Also, do not take any of the herbs in the compound separately or in other forms, as this could cause you to consume too much of it.
  2. Begin taking LP on cycle day 1 and STOP on the day you ovulate.
    Cycle day 1 is the day you begin your period. The advice to stop on the day you ovulate is due to the effect of Black Cohosh of causing uterine contractions, which may prevent the fertilized egg from implanting in the womb. You may also want to use natural progesterone creams after ovulation, to reduce high estrogen levels and assist with implantation.
  3. Watch carefully for signs of ovulation.
    You may ovulate earlier or later when using LP. Be sure monitor carefully for your ovulation indicators, so that you'll know when to stop taking LP and of course when to time intercourse!