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If you are 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 tell you some positions you can try in bed to conceive a baby.
Do Sex Positions Play a Role in Getting Pregnant?
Althugh there is no scientific evidence to prove that some sexual positions are better than others for getting pregnant, there are many age-old beliefs that say this.
The basic thumb rule for getting pregnant is that the male sperm must 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 the man and the woman. 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 wet vaginal walls and a swollen clitoris along with the release of energy and built-up tension.
A woman can get pregnant without having an orgasm as the only requirement is that the sperm enter her vagina. A man can ejaculate into a woman’s vagina, without having an orgasm.
Many women wonder whether an orgasm can make it easier for them to get pregnant. The answer is no. Orgasm makes a woman feel relaxed and enjoy sex, though gentle contractions in the uterus resulting from an orgasm may help the sperm to move upwards through the vagina. But these contractions happen even without an orgasm taking place. Therefore, it is not vital for a woman to have an orgasm to conceive.
Best Sex Positions for Pregnancy
There have been debates over whether sex positions for pregnancy exist. But as it has not been proven scientifically, all you can do is hypothesise and try different positions for getting pregnant. Following are some sex positions you may like to try:
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. The woman lies down on her back while the man is on top. The sperm gets the best possible access to the cervix and ups your chances of conceiving.
2. Glowing Triangle Position
This sex position is similar to the missionary position but has a slight variation. Although the woman lies down on her back with the man on top, the man is on all fours with his legs extending out. The pelvis of the woman is raised slightly, and her legs are wrapped around her partner. As the pelvic region of the woman is tilted upwards, it 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 to be on their fours, with the man penetrating 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
This 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 one of the variants of the classic missionary pose. In this position, the woman has to raise her legs above her head. This position 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
This position not only gives you better chances of conceiving but also adds zing to your sex life. The woman is positioned like a wheel burrow with her legs in the air supported by her partner during penetration. Gravity does its trick by pulling the sperm deeper into the cervix.
7. Spooning Position
This is a very romantic and effective position with the woman lying to her side and the man spooning her from behind. This position allows the woman’s cervix to be angled at 90 degrees and provides better accessibility for the sperm.
8. Splitting Bamboo Position
The splitting bamboo position is an extremely adventurous pose that not only provides great sexual satisfaction to both partners but also improves 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 over the woman’s thigh, using her leg for support.
9. Butterfly Position
Infuse some excitement and adventure in between the sheets by making love in this position. In the butterfly position, the woman lies down on a table and her partner raises her hips while penetrating her. It is one of the best and most effective positions to make a baby as it allows the sperm to stay inside the woman’s vagina for longer.
10. Union of the Wolf
This position for sexual intercourse requires the woman to stand with her back to her partner. The man penetrates the woman from behind while holding her waist. The woman leans forward in this position for the sperm to find better access to the cervix. This position allows quicker conception because of better penetration.
11. Sphinx Position
This sex position requires the woman to lie on her tummy with one leg bent to the side and the other straight. The man then straddles her from behind with his weight on his forearms. This is an excellent position for conception as it allows proper penetration.
12. Peg Position
In this position, the woman is on top while her partner lies on his back. This not only helps the woman orgasm but also conceive. The peg position is suitable for women who have heavier male partners.
13. Reverse Cowgirl Position
This is another position where the woman is on top. The reverse cowgirl pose 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. The woman can control the depth of penetration.
Tips That Can Help You Conceive Sooner
Apart from the above sexual positions, these tips will help you conceive faster.
- Refrain from consuming alcohol as it may affect ovulation, menstrual cycle and hormones, and make conceiving difficult.
- Consuming too much of tea or coffee affects reproductive health and fiddles with conception.
- Refrain from smoking as it may lead to infertility or genetically deformed eggs.
- Keep your body and mind healthy to better your chances of conceiving.
- Being either underweight or ovreweight 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. Though there’s no guarantee that doing this will make you pregnant, trying it can’t hurt. However, don’t try this if your doctor has advised you to relieve yourself after a session of lovemaking.
What Is the Right Time to Conceive?
Making a baby is not easy as you need to have sex at the right time. The right time to conceive or fertility period lasts up to six days a month. These six days include the ovulation day and the five days leading upto 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 are most 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 should wait for this depends on your age. You should go to a doctor if:
- You’re below 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for 1 year.
- You’re above 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for 6 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 your male partner)
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 you to get a complete health checkup before starting a family.