Are Certain Sex Positions Better for Getting Pregnant?

When you’re getting busy between the sheets with purpose, you might wonder if you should try any special sex positions to get pregnant. Will you need get creative — or even technical — in the bedroom when you’re trying to conceive? The short answer is no, with some caveats.

What’s the best sex position if you’re trying to get pregnant?

While there are no science-backed sex positions that boost the odds of getting pregnant, missionary position (or woman on bottom, man on top) can get sperm closer to your cervix and the goal line. Propping a pillow under your hips puts gravity in your favor.

If your practitioner has told you that you have a tilted uterus (meaning that your uterus is naturally tilted toward your spine, not your belly button), doggy style (on your hands and knees, with penetration from behind) might be the ticket for VIP access.

Does sex position matter when you’re trying to conceive?

Studies have shown that no sex position increases the odds of getting pregnant. Sperm make their way to the cervix within seconds of ejaculation, no matter how the sex happens. Within 15 minutes, they can be found in the fallopian tubes, where your egg is (hopefully) waiting. That’s because sperm are extremely good swimmers, even when they’re swimming upstream against gravity.

That said, choosing a certain sex position certainly can’t hurt — and, if you ask some women anecdotally, it might even help.

Are some sex positions better than others if you’re trying for a baby?

As long as sperm from your partner is deposited close to your cervix, you have an equal chance of getting pregnant. That means you don’t need to learn tantric sex or go back to the missionary basics to conceive.

In fact, you might want to focus on finding a position you really like, since research has shown that sperm are transported closer to the finish line when a woman has an orgasm during sex, although even that hasn’t been proven to increase the odds of conception. But since you’ll probably need to try for a baby multiple times, you might as well relax and enjoy it.

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Keep in mind that since many types of lubricants, and even saliva, can slow sperm’s motility and speed, it’s best to skip them when you’re TTC. If you’ve lost your baby-making mojo, taking the time to engage in foreplay can help prime you for sex naturally.

If you’d still rather use lubricant, choose an FDA-approved one marketed as fertility-friendly (like Astroglide TTC, Conceive Plus or Pre-Seed) designed to mimic cervical mucus and have the same pH as sperm.

One last tip: Being lazy, in this situation, might pay off. Since it takes about 15 minutes for sperm and egg to meet, lying down after sex keeps gravity working in your favor — although again, there’s no science backing this up and research has found that lying down doesn’t make a difference when it comes to getting pregnant.

No matter what tricks you try, it can take up to 12 months for the average couple to conceive. So do your best not to think too much about it and just have fun! Odds are good that in time, you’ll be expecting a baby, and thinking about sex positions will seem like a luxury.

11 Sex Positions If You Have A Tilted Uterus

If your gynecologist has told you that you have a tilted uterus — which is most likely how you found out — then you know your anatomy affects your sex life. But not to worry, there are plenty of sex positions if you have a tilted uterus that not only ensure you have a healthy and happy sex life, but will also get you off.

As OB-GYN Mary Jane Minkin told Women’s Health, nearly 30 percent of women have a tilted uterus, also called a retroverted uterus. If you have this anatomy, all it means is that your uterus faces towards your pelvis, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Although this anatomy won’t affect your chances of getting pregnant, the APA said it might make sex a little more painful in certain positions. Why? Although, according to Women’s Health, the uterus is a very flexible organ that can bend and shift, especially when your body is doing just that when you’re getting it on.

So because your tilted uterus is tilted towards your pelvis, you might feel some uncomfortable sensations during sex. The good news is that there are so many sex positions out there, and you can easily find one that works for you.

Although a tilted uterus is nothing to worry about, I do want to add a slight note of caution. If you ever feel any severe pain during sex, you should consult with your physician because that might be a sign that something more severe is up with your body. Otherwise, these positions, designed for more shallow penetration, will help you get it on, without feeling discomfort, only excitement.

1. Girl On Top

As Women’s Health noted, this works because you can control the depth of penetration. If your partner goes too deep, you’ll likely feel pain. So keep the penetration at your comfort level.

2. Modified Missionary

Minkin told Women’s Health that by tweaking missionary you can enjoy shallow penetration. Try to keep your legs straight and closer together to keep your guy from thrusting too hard. This will also ensure greater clitoral friction, leading to lots of pleasure.

3. Spooning called spooning, AKAsex position 77, the new 69. It’s like doggy style, except you’re lying on your side. This one is great for women with a tilted uterus because it allows you to control the depth of penetration, while enjoying the pressure of your partner’s body.

4. Modified Doggie Style

Everyday Health noted that you should keep your back arched and butt elevated to prevent your guy from thrusting too hard. If you do, then you’ll be good to go.

5. Shower Sex

Who says your partner has to penetrate? Have your partner grab the removable shower head and use the pulsing water to stimulate your clit.

6. Raised Hips

Everyday Health recommended that any position with raised hips is a must-try, as elevation is key to pain-free sex with a tilted uterus.

7. Modified Reverse Cowgirl

Reverse Cowgirl works for a woman with a tilted uterus because you can control the depth of penetration. However, when slightly modified, this position might feel even better. Cosmopolitan recommended you modify by resting your torso on his legs in order to elevate your butt.

8. Oral Sex

Again, if there’s no penetration, there won’t be pain.

9. Hand Humping

As the name implies, you’re rubbing up against your lover’s hand, but you’re taking pleasure into your own (metaphorically). You get to control the friction and pressure your partner applies to your clit, which will likely lead to an O.

10. Magic Mountain

Cosmopolitan reported that Magic Mountain is another variation on doggy designed to make sure you elevate your hips and butt, which is ideal for a gal with a tilted uterus. Stack as many pillows as you like (i.e. the mountain) and lean on them for balance.

11. Face-To-Face

Cosmopolitan recommended that you sit with face-to-face with your partner, or lie on a surface with your legs bent under your chest and your arms raised. Because this position limits his ability to thrust,it’s ideal for women with a tilted uterus. Instead, focus on swaying and rocking each other back-and-forth. Also, because you’re eye-gazing, you can communicate your comfort level with ease.

There are many postures on how to get pregnant quickly. It was found that the best position is the doggie style. With this particular position, the actual sperm is deposited closest to the cervix, thereby improving the odds of conceiving. One of a good sexual position will be the side by side , this will give your cervix the best exposure to the sperm cell. A technique to provide the cervix highest exposure is simply by elevating the hips. You can actually place a pillow underneath your back side. This position will allow you to facilitate the sperm’s fast and successful connection with the egg. The sperm cell will get the full advantage of getting nearer to the fallopian , if you have orgasm.

Experts declare that it’s possible to determine the gender of the child while conceiving a child. If you want a son, the best position to get pregnant with a boy is one that will allow you and your partner deep penetration. Study shows the Y or male sperm cell is better and swims faster compared to the X or feminine sperm. The male sperm can’t survive as long as the female sperm. The closer to you actually deposit the sperm cell to the egg, the greater the likelihood of a male sperm to fertilize it. It is also said that the best time to have sex if you want to have a baby is actually 12 hours before you ovulate.

Partners who want a girl could stick to the Shettles approach. Dr. Landrum Shettles has developed a theory that will help parents get the desired sex of their children, especially those who wants daughters. Since X sperm stay for a longer time, conceiving needs to be just after the regular monthly period. If you want to get pregnant with a baby girl you must make sure that your position will let the sperm travel longer to reach the fallopian tube. You’re likewise suggested to have early or avoid climax when trying to conceive with a girl. Female orgasm secretes alkaline into the cervical environment that makes it unfavorable for the female sperm.

In this video, Acupunturist Marc Sklar, the fertility expert, tackles some of the most common questions couples have about sex when trying to conceive; How often should we have sex? What are the best sex positions to get pregnant? Should women stay in bed after sex to improve chances of getting pregnant?

Pregnancy happens when a sperm from the man reaches an egg inside the woman. When the sperm reaches the egg, the two cells join in a process called fertilization. The fertilized egg then travels into the woman’s uterus and implants into the lining where it grows into a baby.
Women usually produce a single egg each month. The egg is released from her ovary during a process called ovulation. If she wishes to become pregnant her chances are best if she has sex during the time of her ovulation.

When does ovulation occur?

Women have a cycle that lasts about a month. This cycle begins with her period, the time each month when she bleeds. A little over a week after she finishes her period, she will ovulate, or release a new egg. At that time, she is able to become pregnant. After a few days, if the egg is not fertilized, her body will begin to release the lining in the uterus and she will start to bleed. This starts the cycle all over again.

When should you have sex if you want to get pregnant?

The best time to have sex if you want to become pregnant is in the middle of the woman’s cycle, near to the time when she is ovulating. If her cycle is regular, Dr Sklar recommends the best time to have sex is about 13 days after the beginning of her period. Periods usually last 3 -5 days, so day 13 of the cycle is about a week after her period. Ideally, you should have sex every other day during that week to maximize your chances of conceiving.

Can having sex multiple times a day increase your chances of getting pregnant?

Actually, having sex multiple times a day may decrease your chances. Men are constantly producing sperm. Each time he ejaculates, the man will release a lot of the sperm he has made. If he ejaculates multiple times a day, his sperm count for each ejaculation will be a lower than normal. It is best to try to hold off and have sex just once a day or every other day to give the sperm a chance to replenish.

What is the best position for sex when trying to get pregnant?

Dr. Sklar really did a great job explaining this. His answer is, it depends. If your cervix is normal, than any position that you enjoy will be just fine. If the cervix is abnormal than some positions will be better than others. How can you tell if your cervix is normal? You should visit your Ob-Gyn (Obstetrics & Gynaecologist) and ask them to tell you the position of your cervix.

Do women need to lay in bed after sex to improve their chances of getting pregnant?

It is not necessary for a woman to lay in bed or raise her hips after sex. It is natural for some of the semen to come out. This doesn’t mean that the sperm will come out too.

How long does it take to get pregnant?

Young, healthy couples have about a 25% chance of getting pregnant on any given month. So everything being normal, 1 out of every 4 months may result in conception. Like rolling dice though, it could happen on the 1st try, or on the 10th. As you get older, the chances start to go down. meaning that it can take even longer. In general, doctors recommend that if you don’t get pregnant after a year of trying, you should get evaluated for fertility issues.

Would you like some advice to help you get pregnant?

Dr Sklar works with patients all over the world. He offers an online fertility school that can teach you everything you need to know to get pregnant. He also does 1 on 1 remote consultations. Learn more

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Editor of Don’t Cook your Balls, Co-Founder of, Health Coach and Men’s Health Advocate. Passionate about sperm, men’s health and helping people build their families.

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The six best sex positions to get pregnant

Looking for the best sex positions to fall pregnant fast?

Sure, the Kama Sutra won’t guarantee a pregnancy, but if you’re trying to conceive, there’s no harm in making these sex positions your new favourites. Especially if you’re hoping to fall pregnant quickly…

What are the best sex positions to fall pregnant?

According to the experts, different sex positions doesn’t make much difference when you’re trying to conceive. Still, there are always theories and ideas behind why certain sex positions could be best for your baby making – they generally involve the idea of encouraging gravity to help his sperm along.

1. Your legs on his shoulders

This sex position means your pelvis is tipped back, which gives his sperm a helping hand from gravity in trying to reach your egg.

2. Missionary

Although it might not be the most exciting position to get intimate with your partner, it gives deep penetration close to the cervix, so your partner’s swimmers have a little extra help in their swim for an egg.

3. You on top

This is great when you want to feel in control, but think about switching before he ejaculates. Theory goes that this stops gravity doing its best to help his sperm along its way.

4. From behind

Again, this position allows for deep penetration. As an added benefit, some theories say this is the best sex position to use when trying to conceive if you have a tipped uterus. Once you’re finished, roll over and lie on your back with your hips elevated to give his sperm time to travel.

5. Side by side

ying side-by-side can be a relaxing position for couples, making it the perfect position if you’re feeling stressed out. Lie face-to-face or opt for some spooning. This ensures maximum comfort and is great for anyone suffering with a back problem – or morning breath.

Do I need to orgasm to fall pregnant?

Of course, it’s very important that your partner orgasms in trying to conceive sex, but there is no evidence that female orgasms make any difference here. Gentle contractions in your womb can help to move the sperm along, up into the cervix, but these happen with or without you having an orgasm.

Now read: 6 reasons why you may be struggling to fall pregnant

Are there sex positions that mean I’m more likely to have a boy or a girl?

There’s no research that says different positions mean you’re more likely to conceive a boy or a girl, but there are plenty of old wive’s tales that suggest differently. One claims that to conceive a girl, you should have plenty of sex with you on top. Another claims if you have plenty of sex with him on top, you are more likely to conceive a boy.

Should I stay lying down after sex to boost my chances of conceiving?

With this one, it can’t hurt to try it. Gravity means that if you stay lying down after sex, the semen is more likely to stay in your vagina and around your cervix than if you get up straight away. If you’ve been trying for a few months with no success, try to stay lying down for ten minutes after sex, with your hips raised on a pillow to encourage the sperm to travel down to your egg. That said, do not follow this advice if your GP or health professional has ever advised you to empty your bladder immediately after sex.

It is worth remembering that with or without lying on your back after sex, or cycling your legs in the air, or doing handstands, millions of sperm are released in every male orgasm, so even if you get up straight away, they should already be on their way.

When is the best time to have sex if I’m trying to get pregnant?

This is a very important one and all depends on when you are ovulating – if you’re not sure, use our ovulation calculator to find out exactly when this window is. For most women, having sex around 14 days after your last period is when you are at your most fertile. Although there is a window of important days, try and have sex regularly throughout the month, as this is thought to be more effective than just having sex for one week a month.

How much sex do I really need to have when trying to get pregnant?

On average, it takes couples around 12 months to get pregnant if they have regular sex, don’t use contraception and don’t have any underlying fertility issues so don’t worry if you’ve been trying for a couple of months and haven’t had a positive pregnancy test.

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After Intercourse

Can anything you do right after sex make pregnancy more possible? Again, there’s little scientific proof for that. But several commonsense steps may give the sperm a fighting chance on their journey to reach and fertilize an egg.

Lie still. Doing this for a spell can help sperm get where they’re going. About 10-15 minutes should do it. Then, empty your bladder to help flush away any germs hanging out near your urethra that could lead to a urinary tract infection.

Prop your pelvis. Tuck a pillow under your hips after sex so that gravity can move semen toward your uterus. Again, 10 to 15 minutes of this is enough.

Put legs up. Rest with your legs up a wall, which is another way to let gravity assist the sperm.

You might sometimes notice moisture on your underwear or on the toilet paper after sex. It’s likely semen, the liquid part of sperm. Rest assured that healthy sperm are determined little swimmers. By 10 to 15 minutes after sex, they’re already in your uterus and traveling toward the fallopian tubes. So don’t let leakage get you down.

6 Sex Positions That Can Make It Easier to Get Pregnant, According to Ob-Gyns

If you’re trying to make a baby, you’ll need to have sex, obviously. But are some positions better than others? Many ob-gyns are skeptical, and there’s scant science proving that one position will lead to more pregnancy success. When it comes to conceiving, the most important factors include the age and health of parents-to-be, say fertility experts, not to mention getting it on at the most optimal time in your cycle.

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That said, the ob-gyns we spoke to did say that certain positions can make it more likely for sperm to reach an egg and conception to commence. If you’re hoping for a bun in the oven, these are the six positions they advise you to add to your bedroom repertoire—and why they might increase your chances.


Of all the possible sexual positions, missionary “gives you the best odds of success,” Scott Roseff, MD, a reproductive endocrinologist at IVFMD in Boca Raton, tells Health.

What’s the reason? Dr. Roseff says that this position has the greatest likelihood of aligning a woman’s cervix with the upper end of her vagina, where semen pools after ejaculation. Having the cervical opening so close to sperm “boosts the odds of getting more sperm to the right place at the right time,” he explains.

To get that alignment, lie on your back with a pillow under your hips, so your pelvis is elevated. After your partner has an orgasm, he shouldn’t withdraw for at least a few minutes. “After ejaculation has occurred, the woman should stay on her back for about 20 minutes before getting up,” as this can increase the chances of conception, adds Dr. Roseff.

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Doggy style

Lots of couples love this sex style because it allows the male partner to go deep. And any position that offers more depth will increase your chances of having a baby, Jennifer Landa, MD, an ob-gyn at BodyLogicMD in Orlando, tells Health.

“Doggie style may be a great position for trying to get pregnant because you have excellent depth of penetration, putting the head of the penis right at the cervical opening—which means that sperm are released in an optimal position for travel through the cervix,” says Dr. Landa.

Legs on shoulders

It sounds almost too simple, but when it comes to getting pregnant, gravity can play a role. That’s why Dr. Landa suggests this adventurous spin on missionary—with you lying back and placing your legs over your partner’s shoulders. “The man’s penis is drawn to the woman’s vagina by gravity,” she says, and after ejaculation, it makes it that much easier for sperm to swim up to and past the cervix.

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Reverse cowgirl

This female-favorite spin on woman on top, which has you facing your partner’s feet, puts you in control of the bumping and grinding. And when you’re in control of the action, you can also make sure you’re in the optimal position for sperm to get past the cervix. “In the woman on top position, can control the depth of penetration to make sure the cervix is right up against the penis during ejaculation,” explains Dr. Landa, putting your partner’s swimmers closer to where they need to go. Not to mention, it can make for a pretty wild ride too.

The wheelbarrow

If you have the stamina to try the wheelbarrow, which involves getting down on all fours as your partner holds your legs up and enters you from behind, go for it. “This is definitely an athletic position that, similar to doggy style, will give you excellent depth of penetration and access of semen to the cervix,” says Dr. Landa.

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Side-by-side scissors

This position, which has both partners facing each other and scissoring their legs to facilitate penetration, “seems very romantic for the very big step in a couple’s life when they decide to have a baby,” says Dr. Landa. That makes it a great way to connect and feel emotionally intimate. “You can get good depth of penetration with this position, and also a boost of romantic happy hormones like oxytocin that certainly couldn’t hurt,” she says.

What Are the Best Sex Positions to Get Pregnant?

Why are there so many different positions you can pretzel yourself into in bed? It’s just the human species’ way of attempting to add more pleasure and variety-they have no effect on fertility.

There are a *couple* things that could make conceiving easier, though. For starters, “any position where the woman is more supine (flat) can help prevent leaking of the semen after ejaculation, which can, in essence, improve pregnancy chances,” says ob-gyn Heather Bartos, M.D. Hello, good ol’ missionary. “Sperm are strong little dudes-and those flagella (or tails) help propel them forward to the ovary where they’ll meet the egg.” (FYI, Yes, You Really Can Have an Allergy to Semen.)

That said, laying down in a pelvic tilt (pillows under the pelvis) after sex in any position for 15 minutes or so can maximize those sperms’ chances, she adds. “One study showed that women who remained supine for 15 minutes after IVF had approximately 50 percent higher conceptions rates (27 percent compared to 17 percent),” says Kimberly Langdon, M.D., an ob-gyn and medical advisor at Medzino, a digital health startup.

The shape of your uterus could affect what positions work best, too. “In a normally tilted uterus, the missionary position favors sperm movement toward the lowest point of the vagina near the cervix, presumably due to gravity,” says Dr. Langdon. “Depositing the sperm near the cervical opening is crucial for sperm viability and in helping the sperm enter the cervical canal that opens into the uterine cavity.”

In that case, positions that allow for deeper penetration can help get the sperm closer to the cervix so they won’t have to swim as far, explains Wendasha Jenkins Hall, Ph.D., a sex educator and researcher. “Doggy-style is one position allows for deeper penetration,” she says. “The rear entry and positioning of the female (on hands and knees) allows for sperm to be deposited closer to the cervix.” You can also modify missionary by placing your legs on your partner’s shoulders or placing a pillow under your butt to help get deeper penetration and place sperm closer to the cervix, she adds.

But don’t freak out about your interior angles. “A tilted uterus is fairly common, but during intercourse, increased blood flow should straighten out the uterus a bit to allow for potential conception,” says Dr. Bartos. “And the length of the vagina-about three to four inches-is enough of a chute to aim the semen to the cervical opening.”

And here’s a fun little tidbit you can share with your partner: A position that results in an orgasm for the woman-preferably simultaneously with her partner’s ejaculation-is going to increase the chances of a sperm meeting an egg. “The reason is simple,” explains Langdon. “An orgasm causes the uterus and fallopian tubes to contract, which propels the sperm toward the egg in one of the fallopian tubes. And oxytocin release from the brain at the time of orgasm causes uterine peristalsis (contractions that move contents rhythmically). This pumping mechanism is critical for sperm transport, or insuck.” (Related: The Best Sex Positions for Clitoral Stimulation)

But at the end of the day, getting pregnant is more about when you do it than how you do it. “When you’re ovulating-your most fertile time-your cervical mucus is accommodating to sperm,” says Dr. Hall. “The healthiest and fastest sperm goes right into this mucus, which is transported through the cervix and up into the uterus.”

Sperm can actually live in the uterus (and continue their journey) for several days after intercourse. “Having sex every other day allows for the man to rebuild his sperm count, as men make new sperm every 48-72 hours,” says Dr. Bartos.

Bottom line? If you’re having sex with the aim of conceiving, it doesn’t matter how sperm enters the vagina, just that it does-and of course, that it feels good and doesn’t cause any pain, says Dr. Trolice. “The only wrong sex position is if either person has discomfort,” he adds. (Next up, check out these Safe Sex Positions During Pregnancy That Still Offer Serious Pleasure.)

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Plus, not all women are built the same way. “Having women on their backs makes sense for women who have an anteverted uterus, one that is tilted forward, which is about two-thirds of the population,” Dr. Kingsberg notes. “But a third of women have a retroverted uterus, one that’s tilted backward, so missionary wouldn’t offer any advantage for them.”

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Doggy Style

Some men simply don’t like missionary style, since it can be tiring for them. “The missionary position is more demanding for men because they have to use their muscles to keep from putting their full weight on you, putting extra pressure on them,” says Mindy R. Schiffman, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and sex therapist at New York University’s Fertility Center and in private practice in New York City. In this case, couples can try a different position, such as doggy style.

This popular position puts the woman on all fours with the man entering from behind. It allows for deeper penetration, which gives semen increased access to the opening of the cervix.

Reverse Cowgirl

In this position, the woman places herself on top facing away from her partner’s face. The angle allows her to control the depth of the penetration for optimal effectiveness.

Side-by-Side Scissors

When engaging in this position, the couple faces each other during intercourse while laying on their sides. Not only is it romantic (which may ease the nerves involved with baby-making sex), but it also allows for deep entry.

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Rear Entry

Like doggy style, this position involves the man entering from behind. The difference, though, is that the woman lies on her stomach and he lowers himself over her. Rear entry is a surefire way to get deep penetration.


Who says baby-making sex can’t be a little adventurous? In this athletic position, the woman holds herself up with her hands while her standing partner grabs her legs, pulls them around his thighs, and enters her. Again, it allows for deep penetration and closeness to the cervix.

Your Favorite Position

It’s more likely that the very best position is, in fact, your favorite one. It doesn’t matter if you’re twisted like a Bavarian pretzel or lying still as a statue, as long as your partner gets the job done. And if it provides a toe-curling climax, all the better!

“There was some research that a woman’s orgasm did help move semen into the uterus terms of the contractions,” Dr. Kingsberg says. But she cautions against stressing if you don’t regularly climax. “Honestly, there’s so little science behind it that we don’t want to put pressure on women to have to reach orgasm.”

What’s most important is to keep up a consistent routine, and not necessarily an obsessive one. “In studies about frequency of sex, there wasn’t a statistical difference between rates of pregnancy for people who have intercourse every other day leading up to ovulation and those who do it every day,” says Jani Jensen, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist and assistant professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. “Besides, trying to have it daily can be a huge chore.”

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Improve the Odds of Conception After Having Sex

The optimal postcoital routine is another aspect of baby-making sex that’s up for debate. Most experts question the advice that you should lie still on your back for 30 minutes after having sex, yet others swear by it.

Our view: If you’ve got time to lounge, why not enjoy the afterglow? Propping yourself up on a pillow or putting your legs up the wall, however, have not been shown to make a difference. “Once the ejaculate gets inside you, the sperm is already in the cervical mucus, which works to hold sperm there for fertilization,” Dr. Schiffman says.

There is one other thing factor that can influence your chances of conception: lubricant. Regular water-based lube has been shown to negatively affect sperm survival. Look for versions that are hydroxyethyl cellulose-based, and read labels carefully to make sure they don’t contain spermicide — which, um, obviously won’t help!

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Are some sex positions better than others for conceiving?

You may have heard that some positions, such as having the man on top (missionary position), are better than others for getting pregnant. In fact, there’s no evidence to back these theories up. Experts just haven’t done the research yet.
What experts have done, though, is use scanning to show what’s going on inside when you’re doing the deed. The research looked at two positions: the missionary position and doggy style (Schultz et al 1999, Faix et al 2002). (Doggy style being when you’re on all fours, and your partner enters you from behind).
Common sense tells us that these positions allow for deep penetration. This means that they’re more likely to place sperm right next to your cervix (the opening of your womb).
The scans confirm that the tip of the penis reaches the areas between the cervix and vaginal walls in both of these positions. The missionary position allows the penis to reach the area at the front of the cervix. The rear entry position reaches the area at the back of the cervix (Faix et al 2002).
It’s amazing what some experts spend their time doing, isn’t it! Other positions, such as standing up, or woman on top, may be just as good for getting sperm right next to the cervix. Or they may make no difference at all. We just don’t know yet.
So, in the meantime, enjoy some variety in your sex life and keep it fun while you’re trying for a baby. And talk to others who are hoping to get pregnant by joining our Actively trying group.

Do I have to have an orgasm to conceive?

Obviously, it’s very important for your partner to reach orgasm if you are trying for a baby. There is no evidence, however, that you need to orgasm to conceive.
The female orgasm is all about pleasure and satisfaction. It doesn’t really help to get the sperm to the egg (Levin 2011, Basson 2013). Gentle contractions in your womb can help the sperm along, but these happen without you having an orgasm (Levin 2011).
So, it’s really not vital for you to reach orgasm in order to conceive.

Are there any sex positions that can help us conceive a boy or girl?

There is no evidence, but lots of old wives’ tales! One claims that sex with the woman on top will lead to a girl, while sex with the man on top will produce a boy.
For more on what actually works, see our article what the scientists say about sex selection.
Inside pregnancy: girl or boy? What decides whether you conceive a girl or a boy? Take a look at how girls and boys develop in the womb.More inside pregnancy videos

Should I stay lying down afterwards?

It won’t hurt to try it. The semen is more likely to stay in your vagina and around your cervix than if you get up straight away. However, millions of sperm are released with every male orgasm, so there should be plenty in your vagina even if you do stand up immediately.
If you have the time to spare, it may be worth staying in bed for up to half an hour after having sex. Try lying on your back with your hips raised on a pillow to encourage the sperm to travel towards your egg. Don’t try this if your GP has advised you to empty your bladder straight after sex, though.
Another trick that some women swear by is lying on your back and cycling your legs in the air for a few minutes after sex. If nothing else, it should give you and your partner a good giggle. And what could be better for successful baby-making than having fun in bed?
The main thing to remember when trying to conceive, is that having regular sex can really help. Having sex every two days to three days increases your chance of getting pregnant within a year, compared with having sex only once a week (NICE 2013).
If you’ve been trying to conceive for a year or more without success, see your GP. If you’re 36 or over or have irregular periods, you can make an appointment even sooner (NICE 2013).

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Last Updated on January 10, 2020

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.

Also Read: When and How Often to Have Sex to Get Pregnant?

Do Sex Positions Play a Role in Getting Pregnant?

Although there is no scientific evidence to prove that some sexual positions are 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.

Also Read: How to Get Pregnant Without Sexual Intercourse

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

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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

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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.

9. Union of the Wolf

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 not only provides great sexual satisfaction but also 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 of tea or coffee affects the 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 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
  • Endometriosis
  • 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.

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How to Get Pregnant Fast?
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Most Common Baby Making Mistakes

Best positions for getting pregnant

When you’re trying to conceive a baby it is worth giving anything a go which you think will boost your chances. This includes considering that there may be better positions for getting pregnant. But it pays to bear in mind that the human race has been around for over 200,000 years and most of us were probably conceived without our ancestors investing too much thought into the mechanics.

Science has proven that successful conception isn’t so much about sexual position as the frequency of sex between a fertile couple. Basically, if you want to fall pregnant, don’t use contraception and have frequent, active and enjoyable sex. Importantly, don’t stress too much about whether you’re doing it the right way. Women can, and do, conceive in any position. Nature has a way of making sure of that.

But what about the missionary position?

There are lots of fallacies about the missionary position being the best position for getting pregnant. With the woman on her back and her partner on top, it is thought that gravity will assist the sperm to swim upwards towards the egg. But this only applies if each of the woman’s reproductive organs are positioned in their perfect locations. Some women have a retroverted uterus, which means that instead of tilting forwards, their uterus and cervix (neck of their womb) is positioned more towards their back. This can mean that the sperm need to work harder to swim through the cervix and into the uterine cavity. Any amount of sexual positions won’t change the way a woman’s organs are located in her pelvis.

Sexual positions which may help with getting pregnant

The rear entry position may have a slightly better advantage when it comes to conceiving. Especially if the woman lies on her front for a while after the man has ejaculated. It can be useful to lie on a small pillow so her hips are tilted upwards slightly. This position fosters deep penetration so the semen is deposited very close to the cervical opening. But this position is uncomfortable for some women; it causes them pain and cervical tenderness. Even if your focus is on trying to conceive it still helps to relax and enjoy sex. Feeling tense because you’re in pain is unlikely to help your chances of conceiving.

Remember, it’s important to feel comfortable and positive about your chances of conceiving.

How does it happen again?

It’s important to maintain a realistic approach to conceiving. All it takes is one sperm to successfully fertilise an egg, unless there is a multiple pregnancy of course. Every sperm has one agenda, to get to the egg first. Having to swim upwards or downwards, across or sideways is unlikely to make much of a difference.

Sperm are amazingly resilient little creatures, capable of living for up to five days after they have left the man’s body, but they don’t survive on the outside for very long. Once they have swum their way through the woman’s cervix and into her uterus, their single goal is to keep swimming towards the fallopian tubes, which is where fertilisation usually occurs. So although it may help in the immediate post sex period to have a little lie down, being flat on your back for days would not only be uncomfortable, but unrealistic as well. Sperm really can and do have a habit of looking after themselves.

Although these suggestions are unlikely to boost your chances of conceiving too much, they are unlikely to hurt either.

What might help to conceive?

  • Aiming for the man to ejaculate as deeply as possible into the woman’s vagina. This means that the smallest amount of semen escapes and is retained as close to the cervix (the neck of the uterus) as possible.
  • The woman can try lying on her back with her lower back elevated on a small pillow for around 20-30 minutes. This will help to tilt the vagina backwards so the semen pools around her cervix. There is some disagreement about whether this is an effective strategy or not. But it does not seem to do any harm either.
  • Avoid standing up immediately after having sex. Gravity causes the semen to leak from the vagina so staying flat can help to keep it in.
  • Some women believe that avoiding going to the bathroom and doing a wee straight after sex helps them to conceive. Whether this is true or not is open to debate, though it does support the theory of lying down for a while after sex.
  • Side lying also fosters deep penetrative sex. Use pillows to tilt your pelvis so that your vagina is tilting downwards.
  • Try putting your knees or legs up after sex to boost gravity’s influence. Some women swear that their chances of conceiving were helped by placing their legs upwards on the wall next to their bed.

What doesn’t help to conceive?

  • Having sex whilst standing or sitting up. In either of these positions gravity will be working against you and the semen is more likely to drain from your vagina.
  • Using contraception. Simple as it sounds, it’s important for both of you to stop using all forms of contraception if you’re trying to conceive.
  • When the male does not ejaculate into the woman’s vagina. In order for the sperm to find their way to the egg, they need to be deposited as close as possible to the cervix. Simple but true.
  • Having irregular or infrequent sex.
  • Making sex a chore with only one focus i.e. to conceive a baby. It can be a real turn off to some male partners if they feel their sole focus is simply to become a sperm donor. Keep a sense of balance about the whole conception issue and don’t let it eclipse everything else which is going on in your life.
  • When the egg is no longer fertile. There is a window of time, around 12-24 hours after ovulation when the egg is most fertile. If you miss this, then you’ll need to wait for another month at least to maximise your chancing of conceiving.
  • Worrying and feeling tense. It’s important to enjoy sexual relationships and be as relaxed as possible. When you’re trying to conceive it’s likely you’ll be watching your cycles but where possible, maintain a sense of fun and pleasure.
  • Sexual positions where the woman is on the top. Remember, gravity is your best friend when you’re trying to conceive; other than your partner of course.

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