Chinese Gender Chart

Definition - What does Chinese Gender Chart mean?

The Chinese gender chart is a tool said to be used in ancient China to predict the sex of an unborn child based on the lunar calendar. It uses the mother's age at conception and the month the baby was conceived to calculate the lunar age and lunar date of conception. These numbers are then mapped on a chart that suggests whether this combination will result in a boy or a girl.

FertilitySmarts explains Chinese Gender Chart

The history of the Chinese gender chart is not entirely clear. Some say it is 300 years old and was kept secret by dedicated eunuchs in the Qing Palace. They say it was created to allow the imperial family to conceive at a time that would ensure the child was male. Other sources claim it is over 700 years old and was discovered in a royal tomb. Some experts in Chinese history believe that the chart is not an authentic Chinese tool at all.

To use the Chinese gender chart, a mother-to-be enters her age and the month baby was conceived. This is then converted to the lunar calendar and mapped on a chart which indicates whether the combination will produce a girl or a boy. It is popular on many baby-related websites and the calculator is easily found online.

The accuracy of the Chinese gender chart is debatable. Some claim that it is up to 90 per cent accurate but more recent research suggests that it is only 50% accurate, the same as a coin toss.

The general belief among Western professionals is that the timing of intercourse does not correlate with the sex of the child. Although this means that the Chinese gender chart could not accurately predict the gender of an unborn baby, many still find it an entertaining way to guess whether they will be having a boy or a girl.

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