Old wives’ tales abound regarding the various tricks that may or may not help a woman conceive. But when it comes to sex positions, is there any truth to these?
Are some positions better than others for getting pregnant?Probably not! There hasn’t been enough research regarding sex positions and the likelihood for contraception to say whether one position is better than another. Common sense tells us that positions allowing for deeper penetration reduce the distance the sperm have to travel – at the very least, it’s fun trying! Although some sperm might leak out of the penis prior to ejaculation, the main concern is that ejaculation occurs in the first place. Once it does, sperm are deposited in the cervical mucus and will make their way towards the egg. This occurs regardless of the position your bodies were in to begin with.
Is there any way to influence the baby’s sex through position?The old way of thinking is that a woman on top will lead to a female, and the man on top will lead to a male… …you might have better luck planting a mandrake at a crossroads during a full moon when Venus is in the third quadrant, and spinning around three times!
Does raising your legs in the air assist the sperm?Since raising your legs doesn’t really affect the orientation of your pelvis, this is more likely to leave you with sore abs than a fertilised egg! Doctors do recommend lying in bed for 15 to 20 minutes following sex; this is to ensure a better chance for the sperm to make their way towards the egg. So although lying down – or even tilting back your pelvis – isn’t a guarantor for conception, it does reduce the effects of gravity on the sperm.
Does the woman’s orgasm affect conception?Orgasm for pregnancy is mainly the concern of the male since their ejaculation and orgasm occur hand-in-hand. While female orgasms are fun and pleasurable, and they contribute to healthy sex and relationships, achieving one isn’t necessary to fall pregnant.
What is the most important factor for falling pregnant? Timing is everything when it comes to pregnancy. Since sperm can live for a few days inside you, regular sex in the lead up to your day of ovulation is a good way to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Your egg generally only has a 24 hour window to become fertilised after it is released, so any sperm deposited inside you in the days prior increase your chances of conception.