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If you’re trying to conceive, you want to do all you can to expedite the process. Some people believe that a couple can get pregnant sooner if they try specific sex positions. We’ll tell you some sex positions you can try to conceive a baby.
Do Sex Positions Play a Role in Getting Pregnant?
Although there is no scientific evidence to prove that some sexual positions are more effective than others for getting pregnant, there are many age-old beliefs that say this.
The male sperm should be ejaculated and deposited as close to the female cervix as possible. Therefore, a couple who wants to conceive should avoid positions that don’t allow exposure of the cervix to the male sperm.
Is It Essential to Have an Orgasm to Conceive?
An orgasm is a feeling of intense pleasure for both partners. Some describe it as a tingling sensation, while others describe it as an explosive feeling. In men, orgasm leads to the ejaculation of sperm whereas, in women, it involves lubricated vaginal walls and a swollen clitoris along with the release of built-up tension.
Many women wonder whether an orgasm makes it easier for them to get pregnant. The answer is – no. Orgasm helps a woman feel relaxed and enjoy sex, though gentle contractions in the uterus may help the sperm move towards the fallopian tubes. But these contractions happen even without an orgasm taking place. Therefore, it isn’t a must to have an orgasm to conceive.
Best Sex Positions for Pregnancy
There have been debates over the existence of sex positions for pregnancy. But as they haven’t been proven scientifically, all you can do is hypothesise and try different positions for getting pregnant. Here are some sex positions you may like:
1. Missionary Position
The missionary position is one of the most popular and common sex positions for getting pregnant. It can be said that most babies in the world are born because of this sex position. That’s because the sperm is deposited closer to the cervix in the upper vagina, facilitating easy access to the uterine and cervical canal. The woman lies on her back while the man is on top.
2. Glowing Triangle Position
This sex position is similar to the missionary position but is slightly different. Although the woman lies on her back with the man on top, the man is on all fours. The woman’s pelvis is raised, and her legs are wrapped around her partner. The glowing triangle position allows deeper penetration and increases the chances of conception.
3. Doggy Style
The doggy position increases the chances of pregnancy as it involves deep penetration. It requires both partners to be on their fours. The man penetrates the woman from behind. This position opens up the cervix and makes it easy for the sperm to fertilise the egg.
4. Magic Mountain Position
The magic mountain position is a variant of doggy style. In this, the man bends over the woman such that the woman’s back is against his chest. For better balance and support, the woman can use cushions or pillows under her upper body. The magic mountain position allows faster and deeper movement of sperm and is effective for achieving an orgasm.
5. Anvil Position
The anvil position is a variant of the classic missionary pose. In this position, the woman has to raise her legs above her head. It offers good chances of conceiving because of deep penetration. The raised legs help in stimulating the woman’s G-spot, as well.
6. Plough Position
The plough position not only gives you a better chance of conceiving but also adds zing to your sex life. The woman is positioned like a wheel burrow with her legs in the air. Gravity does its trick and pulls the sperm deeper into the cervix.
7. Spooning Position
This is a romantic and effective position in which the woman lies to her side and the man spoons her from behind. Spooning allows the woman’s cervix to be angled at 90 degrees and provides better accessibility to the sperm.
8. Butterfly Position
Infuse some excitement and adventure between the sheets by making love in this position. In the butterfly position, the woman lies on a table and her partner raises her hips while penetrating her. It’s one of the best and most effective positions as it allows the sperm to stay in the woman’s vagina for longer.
In this sex position, the woman stands with her back to her partner. He penetrates her from behind while holding her waist. The woman leans forward so that the sperm have better access to her cervix.
10. Sphinx Position
This sphinx sex position requires the woman to lie on her tummy with one leg bent to the side and the other straight. The man straddles her from behind with his weight on his forearms. This is an excellent position for conception as it allows deep penetration.
11. Peg Position
In this position, the woman is on top while the man lies on his back. The peg position not only helps the woman orgasm but also conceive. It’s suitable for women who have heavier male partners.
12. Reverse Cowgirl Position
The reverse cowgirl is another position that has the woman on top. This is excellent for couples who want to have a baby. It involves the man lying on his back with the woman sitting on top of him, facing his feet. She can control the depth of penetration.
13. Splitting Bamboo Position
The splitting bamboo position is an extremely adventurous pose that provides great sexual satisfaction and improves the chances of conception. This famous Kamasutra pose requires the woman to raise one of her legs and place it against her partner’s shoulder. The man straddles the woman.
Apart from the above sexual positions, these tips will help you conceive faster.
- Consuming alcohol affects ovulation, the menstrual cycle and hormones, making conceiving difficult.
- Consuming too much tea or coffee affects reproductive health and fiddles with conception.
- Refrain from smoking. Smoking interferes with the quality of the eggs and sperm and increases the chances of genetically defective embryos.
- Keep your body and mind healthy to improve your chances.
- Being either underweight or overweight on the BMI scale can affect your fertility.
Can Lying Down After Sex Boost Your Chances of Conceiving?
As gravity affects lovemaking, lying down after sex will ensure the semen stays in and around your cervix. If you’ve been trying to conceive to no avail, try lying down for ten minutes after intercourse with your hips raised to encourage the sperm to travel to the egg. There’s no guarantee that doing this will make you pregnant, but trying doesn’t hurt. However, don’t try this if your doctor has advised a visit to the restroom immediately after lovemaking.
What Is the Right Time to Conceive?
To become pregnant, you need to have sex at the right time. The fertility period lasts for six days in a month. These six days include the ovulation day and the five days leading up to it. The egg released on the ovulation day only survives for 24 hours, but the sperm can stay as long as 7 days in your vagina. Therefore, the sperm has a six-day window to wait for the egg and fertilise it.
Irrespective of the length of your menstrual cycle, ovulation usually happens 14 days before your next menstrual cycle. You’re likely to get pregnant if you have sexual intercourse a day or two before ovulation. As it’s not easy to predict the ovulation date, it is a good idea to enjoy sex every two or three days.
When Should You Seek Medical Help?
If you’ve been making love with the above sex positions and at the right time, you should soon hear good news. How long you need to wait depends on your age. You should go to a doctor if:
- You’re below 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for one year.
- You’re above 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for six months.
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s best to seek medical help immediately.
- Irregular or missed periods
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- History of miscarriages
- Hernia surgery or issue with the testicles (in male partners)
Getting pregnant is one of the biggest joys every couple looks forward to. Although there’s no guarantee, you can try different sex positions to increase your chances of conception. We recommend getting a complete health check-up before starting a family.