Sex, what is the best position to get pregnant?

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What is the best sexual position to conceive?

Believe it or not, after millennia of fervent experimentation related to different ways of conceiving, still missing exhaustive scientific evidence on the best locations for get pregnant.

«It is not known which is the best position for the conception. It is very difficult to research specific sexual positions that could improve fertility when there are so many other variables involved, "she said. Sheryl A. Kingsberg, chief of the division of behavioral medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center and professor of reproductive biology and psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland.

So here it is, according to some experts interviewed by Parents, what are the hypotheses and useful information relating to the positions that facilitate the conception.

In this article


  • The position of the "missionary", but not for all 
  • Better, therefore, the preferred positions 
  • After sex

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The position of the "missionary", but not for all

In fact, those few studies that have examined the various coital positions in detail suggest that the missionary it might offer a small anatomical advantage.

In particular, in this position, sperms are likely to have easier access to protective cervical mucus. "However, there is no scientific data on it," he said Kelly Pagidas, a fertility specialist at the Women & Infants Center for Reproduction and Infertility in Providence and a professor at Brown Alpert Medical School. Also, not all women are made the same.

"About two thirds of women worldwide haveuterus antiverseie tilted forward, 'noted Professor Kingsberg. “But a third of women have a retroverted uterus, that is, inclined backwards, therefore the position of the missionary does not offer them any advantage ».

If, therefore, you do not know your own "uterine alignment", it is impossible to know if this position can actually promote conception." Furthermore, the missionary position is more strenuous for men because they have to use their muscles to avoid exerting all their weight on the woman, thus having greater pressure about themselves, ”said Mindy R. Schiffman, a clinical psychologist and sex therapist at New York University's Fertility Center.

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Better, therefore, the preferred positions

It is, therefore, better that your position for conceiving corresponds to the one you prefer among the others.

Nothing else matters: what matters is that the partner does their job. And even better if you manage to achieve the so-called pinnacle of pleasure.

"There has been some research that a woman's orgasm would help move sperm into the uterus," said Kingsberg, who warns against any stress that may come and pleasure is not achieved on a regular basis.

“Honestly, there's so little science behind it that you can't pressure women to orgasm all the time. The most important thing is to keep a consistent routine and not necessarily obsessive. Indeed, "in the studies on the frequency of sex in relation to conception, no statistical difference was found between the pregnancy rates for people who have intercourse every other day and those who do it every day": the statement is by Jani Jensen, reproductive endocrinologist and professor at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

"Also, trying to have sex on a daily basis for the purpose of conceiving can be a huge strain."

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After sex

The routine that follows immediately after sex is another aspect under discussion for the purpose of conception. Most experts question the advice of lying on your back for 30 minutes after coitus, but others argue that this can be effective.

But, actually, if you have time to relax, why not enjoy the moments that come right after sex?

However, it is scientifically proven that putting a pillow under your legs or leaning them against the wall, however, does not make a difference.

"After ejaculation, the sperm is in any case already in the cervical mucus, which works to hold it there for fertilization," said prof. Schiffman.

Finally, there is another factor that can influence the chances of conception: the lubricant. Water-based lubricant has been shown to adversely affect sperm survival. Try looking for hydroxyethylcellulose-based versions and read the labels carefully to make sure they don't contain spermicides.

Questions and answers

How long does it take to get pregnant after intercourse?  

Indicatively, the period in which it is possible for the egg to be fertilized begins 4-5 days before ovulation and ends 1-2 days later. Within this "fertile window", conception is most likely in the two days preceding ovulation and on the day it occurs.

How to get pregnant quickly?  

To increase the chances of getting pregnant quickly, it is recommended to correct the lifestyle by acting on both nutrition and physical activity. Therefore, no to a sedentary lifestyle which has a negative impact on fertility. Yes, on the other hand, to moderate but constant aerobic physical activity.

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Questions and answers

What is the best position to get pregnant? 

There is no suggested standard position. It is best that your position for conceiving matches the one you prefer. According to some (but few) studies carried out, that of the missionary could give some anatomical advantage, but only to women who have an anteverted uterus.

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