Visit our community Are some sex positions better than others for conceiving? You may have heard that some positions, such as your partner on top missionary position , are better than others for getting pregnant. The research looked at two positions: Common sense tells us that these positions allow for deep penetration.
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 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.
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? There is no evidence, however, that you need to orgasm to conceive.
The female orgasm is all about pleasure and satisfaction. Gentle contractions in your womb can help the sperm along, but these happen without you having an orgasm Levin Are there any sex positions that can help us conceive a boy or girl? 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. 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? 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.
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 Visit our community Discuss sex positions for getting pregnant and compare notes with others who are trying to conceive in our friendly community.
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