Different sex positions are a good way to keep things interesting in the bedroom. There’s a lot of talk that certain sex positions might also speed things along when it comes to making a baby. With so much information out there about pregnancy and so many different women offering you advice, it can be difficult to know what’s fact and what’s fiction.
Position Doesn’t Matter
If you’ve been subjecting yourself to nothing but the missionary position for months and still aren’t pregnant, the good news is that you can move on to other things. There’s no particular evidence that one particular sexual position helps you get pregnant more quickly than any others. Any sexual position that allows for a man to ejaculate sperm into your vagina has an equal shot at getting you pregnant.
Missionary style is the go-to for several reasons, which all sound like common sense. Women think this position is best because it allows the man to penetrate deeply and deposit sperm close to the cervix. Afterward, women are in prime position to lock their legs and keep that sperm where it needs to be. None of those measures is necessary, according to BabyCenter. There’s so much sperm involved in ejaculation that even if a good deal of it drips out right after sex, there’s still plenty left behind for conception. Your cervical mucus and body chemistry matched with the sperm’s ability to swim help gather sperm and usher it toward its location, without any additional help from you or your partner.
Standing Positions for Him
Standing positions may offer an edge over other positions for conception, but only if your partner suffers from erectile dysfunction. As he stands, it’s easier for his body and gravity to direct blood flow to the penis. Standing may help him get or maintain an erection long enough to ejaculate, according to “The Doctors Book of Home Remedies II.”
Orgasm, or Don’t
You’ve probably read or heard that orgasms help you conceive. The idea is that during intercourse, the uterus and cervix contract and dip closer to the pool of waiting sperm, helping them move along toward and through the cervical opening. This may be true, or it may not. There’s no scientific evidence yet that proves or disproves orgasm’s role in conception, according to BabyCenter. You can become pregnant if you do or do not orgasm.
Position might not be important, but timing is everything. You should time intercourse with ovulation, the time period when your body releases its egg for fertilization. Natural family planning methods, such as cervical mucus and basal body temperature monitoring, can help you pinpoint when you are most fertile each month. Once you determine when you ovulate, have sex three days before, up through the day of ovulation to increase your chances of conceiving.