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Spacey Myth or Startling Fact? Having Sex Under a Full Moon Increases Pregnancy Chances?

October 20, 2017
Katie Visco
Full Moon

For centuries, cultures around the world have tied the moon to fertility cycles, going so far as to say that those who have sex under the full moon will conceive a child that very night. Well...I don't know about that. There's no proof to prove that having sex under a full moon will change anything reproductive-wise (parts are parts, and they work or they don't). But then again, there's no proof to say that copulating in such a way--under the moon and the stars--won't help your chances at conceiving, either. So jury's out on this issue, I guess. 

In the meantime, perhaps you'd like to learn about the culture's who took this belief as startling fact, not spacey myth. Primitive people, like the Botocudo tribe of East Africa, conducted crazily elaborate fertility rituals during a full moon because they believed that the moon was the giver of virility to men and fertility to women. Furthermore, Botocudo brides even flashed themselves to the full moon and prayed to it, in hopes that they could sexually satisfy their man. Furthermore, many African tribes, Eskimos in Alaska, and Bushmen in Australia, along with other indigenous people, believed that sexual intercourse under a full moon always resulted in pregnancy. True to their beliefs, as a preventative measure against pregnancy, Australian Bushmen apparently rubbed saliva on the stomachs of women just before the period of a full moon because they thought the saliva would prevent the women from "swelling" and becoming pregnant. 

On the other hand, other cultures thought conceiving under a full moon has an effect on gender. People in India, for example, believe that if you're looking to conceive a baby girl, have sex under a crescent moon. If you're hoping for a boy, have sex under a full moon. Interestingly enough, researchers in India did find that 42 women who conceived within 24 hours of ovulation during full moon gave birth to 40 male and 2 female babies. Furthermore, researchers also found that 40 women who conceived on the day of ovulation, three days prior to a full moon, gave birth to 27 female babies and 13 male, but their study was rather small. 

All in all, while such beliefs are interesting to explore, none of them are convincingly backed up by facts and science. In fact, upon further research on my own, statistics show that there's no increase in births or conceptions during a full moon. So the jury's verdict on the belief is, of course: Spacey Myth. To those who want to get pregnant, though? Stick to tracking the ovulation cycle, and have sex during the time that you are expected to ovulate. Who knows? Perhaps a full moon will coincide.

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