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The Best Positions to Get Pregnant

The Best Positions to Get PregnantWhen a couple is trying to conceive, thoughts of ovulation dates, cervical mucus (isn’t that a romantic term?), and pre-natal vitamins often over-ride the most fun aspect of making a baby: having regular sex!

Couples can—and do—conceive in any position imaginable. There is no medical evidence to support the fact that certain sexual positions encourage conception. With millions of sperm approaching the cervix after every ejaculation, barring any medical problems the most tenacious one will eventually reach the egg regardless of whether or not you are “helping it out” by lying down, standing on your head or propping your hips up on a pillow.

However, certain positions do keep semen from leaking out of your vagina and also keep sperm in your cervix longer. They might even encourage the flow of sperm into your fallopian tubes. If you are trying to conceive, why not give gravity a helping hand?

Old Wives’ Tales say that standing on your head or lying with your legs up over your head immediately following intercourse will help the sperm travel up your body. This hasn’t been medically proven, but it couldn’t hurt, either. Then again, if you are not physically agile enough to successfully execute the maneuver, it could hurt.

Lying down for 15 minutes after sex offers the same benefit of keeping more sperm in your body. Besides, why jump up right after sex? If anything, it’s a good excuse to cuddle for 15 minutes and bask in the afterglow.

Additionally, intercourse with a pillow beneath your hips will tilt your cervix in such a way that it might “help” the sperm travel to their destination.

Keeping gravity in mind, positions that could make it harder to get pregnant include:

  • Standing
  • Sitting
  • Any position with the woman on top

These positions cause semen to leak out of the vagina, meaning that less sperm will embark on the journey up to the egg.

Ultimately, timing has a lot more to do with getting pregnant than position does, but trying out new positions under the guise of “helping the sperm reach the egg” might keep baby-making sex interesting if it begins to feel like a chore.

Another Old Wives’ Tale says that if the woman has an orgasm during sex – particularly after or while her partner ejaculates — she is more likely to conceive. Uterine contractions that take place during an orgasm help “push” the sperm toward the fallopian tubes.

In reality, painless uterine contractions occur involuntarily all the time, and are more pronounced during ovulation, so your body is already giving the sperm some help. Again, having an orgasm in hopes of conception can’t hurt. In fact, striving to achieve orgasm every time you make love is a worthwhile endeavor, whether or not it results in pregnancy.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different positions, strive for orgasm, and help those little swimmers by staying horizontal after sex, but remember that timing is far more important than position when trying to conceive.

Author: Dawn Allcot

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14 Comments on "The Best Positions to Get Pregnant"

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3 years 4 months ago
I’ve been trying off and on with ex fiance’s and also now my husband for about, 8 yrs and it has drove me nuts! Its broken my heart, different times I’ve thought I was pregnant, but then I’d get a neg. And it wud break my heart. I’m now 25 years old. And my mom also had problems having me, took her 10 years, I just want a baby so much & to have a family with my husband. I’ve tried different positions, holding legs up, all that. Prenatal vitamins, I did have a cist on my ovaries when I… Read more »
3 years 7 months ago

Had tried using a pillow underneath my hips n so far nothin came out aftr 25-30 min or stayed the whole night till dat morning around aftrnoon and later on, i started feeling something slowly comin out and it was clear watery dishcharge but couln’t tel if it was sperm or discharge..

3 years 7 months ago

Hi Taniya, what is medformine?

3 years 9 months ago

Im trying for the past 8years now with no results iv heard of this tablet called medformine it helps im gona be trying that from tomorrow oh and they say when the cervix is soft,wet and high then its a good time to have sex to conceive

4 years 10 months ago

My husband and I have be trying four 5yrs and nothing am 28yrs of age and I will really want to give up cause I just don’t know what to do again help anyone

7 years 5 months ago

I’ve been trying for 6yrs may GOD help me this time.

7 years 7 months ago
lying down after lovemaking is critical point. stay in bed with two pillows under buttom leggs facing up for about forty minutes or longer if you can. Doing so will help the sperm get to their final destination (the egg). All this wont work if the timing is wrong. For example, if you have a 26 day cycle and you got your period on first of the month make love on the 10,11,12,13 and 14 which each of the intercourse lying down in the bed for fourty minutes or more with your pillows under your hips. good luck, I pray… Read more »
8 years 1 month ago

My Man and I have been trying for about 5 months, and using this tip, I finally consieved ^^

8 years 7 months ago

ttc one year exactly soooo upset and yeah the whole tilted hips and pillow thing even while ovulation has not proved helpful

8 years 8 months ago

I have hypothyroidism, I have been trying to concieve for about 1 year now, and no success. Any home remedy tips or success stories that might help me reach pregnancy?

8 years 9 months ago

very useful information, I m trying sice 2 yr but ………………
may god help me after reading this

8 years 10 months ago

I really want to try the tips, It’s look like that sitting would be best position. Thanks for share..


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