Does sex position matter when trying to get pregnant?
If you and your partner are ready to start a family, you might be wondering what you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant sooner rather than later. From taking care of your own health to when (and where) to have sex, here’s what you need to know when you start trying to conceive.
Are certain sex positions better for getting pregnant?
The short answer is no.
“There is no scientific evidence to support the idea that one sex position over the other increases the chances of conception,” says Dr. Jill McDevitt, resident sexologist at CalExotics and author of Sex positions for every body. “Pregnancy is possible in any sexual position, and there is no empirical evidence that position alters the likelihood one way or the other.”
She notes a study found that ejaculation during missionary and rear-entry/doggy-style positions brings semen closer to the cervix, which in theory could help with conception, but McDevitt points out that the whole study” was just a couple and the sperm was close to the cervix does not necessarily translate to an increased likelihood of conception.
Fertility doctors and co-founders of Fertility Dreams, Dr Joel Batzofin and Dr. Luis MurrainI agree.
“No sexual position has been shown to increase the likelihood of achieving pregnancy,” Murray sayss.
Batzofin adds: “There is no preferred position for intercourse. It is important that ejaculation occurs high in the vagina, to bathe the cervix in the highest possible semen concentrations. The sperm once ejaculated must still bypass the cervix and make their way to the upper reproductive tract, where fertilization takes place. Thus, the position of intercourse is relatively irrelevant.
While Batzofin says that a position that helps ejaculation high in the vagina “is helpful”, he adds, “most positional sexual myths are just that – myths, which simply serve to increase sexuality. anxiety, without really adding anything”.
So if doggy style doesn’t really help increase your chances of having a baby, what does?
Take care of your health
Build make sure that you and your partner maintain a healthy lifestyle.
“The first goal should be to take good care of yourself,” says Murrain. “Do what you can to optimize your health: eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly. Work with your doctor to maintain good control of any chronic medical conditions you may have.
Also, understand that it may take longer than expected.
“It can be stressful and frustrating wanting to have a baby and it doesn’t happen right away,” Murrain says. “Although it seems like it should be natural and simple, conception is actually a very complex process, and there are many things that can interrupt the process and make it difficult to achieve pregnancy.”
If you’ve been trying for more than six months and haven’t had a pregnancy, Murrain suggests contacting your trusted healthcare provider or fertility specialist.
Having sex during your most fertile time of the month
“The biggest determinant of success with sex is that it happens with regularity during the fertile window,” says Batzofin. “For women with regular periods, this window is day 10 to day 20 (day 1 is the first day of bleeding). Ovulation should occur within this fertile window.
As for having sex often, Batzofin recommends every other day. “However, couples struggling with fertility issues experience a lot of stress initially. Bringing them to odd positional changes and frequency demands can add to their stress. Which, in turn, does not increase your ability to conceive; in fact, stress will reduce your chances.
So when in doubt, have sex during this fertile window when it’s convenient for you and your partner.