The best position to get pregnant – is it a thing?
There’s nothing like ovulation predictor kits, fertility trackers and the stress of TTC to stop sex from being sexy. Plus, all of the Googling. Is there really a best sex positions TTC guide in all that scrolling which has the answers?
Whether you’ve been struggling to conceive for a while, have suffered child loss or experienced unsuccessful fertility treatment, finding the desire to a) have sex and b) try to enjoy it is no mean feat.
Neither is it uncommon. Our community (download the free, supportive app here) frequently ask how to make sex fun when trying to get pregnant and – let’s cut to it – the best positions to get pregnant. Is on top better? What about doggy style? Or is missionary the safest way to go?
Read on to find out if there really are better sex positions to conceive.
Words by Holly Pigache
Anyone who’s actively been trying to get pregnant knows that focusing on successful conception during sex can really be a libido-killer and many in the TTC community say sex can become a “chore”. No matter your gender, the desire to conceive can be all-encompassing and so it’s no surprise FHH is regularly asked how to make sex fun when TTC. (Previously, Somatic Sex Coach, Stella Anna Sonnenbaum gave her expert advice on making sex fun when trying to get pregnant – read the article here).
But what if you’ve nailed (a-hem) enjoying sex and want to find out the best position to get pregnant? What if you’re not so keen on sex and want optimum baby-making results from a quick shag? Either way, you’re curious: Do different sex positions make conception more likely? If so, what are they?!
Tell me the best position to get pregnant, please!
The internet is awash with advice on the best sex positions to get pregnant. Some sites suggest deep penetration, close to the cervix. Others suggest the woman hold her legs and hips up after ejaculation. Deep penetration can be fun, it’s also nice to have an excuse to lay around after sex but what’s the medical advice?
In terms of chances of conception, there’s little evidence that certain sex positions boost the likelihood of pregnancy.
However, that’s not to say we shouldn’t have fun trying different sex positions, finding what feels good and discovering new realms of pleasure in the process.
(If you’re curious whether different sex positions determine the gender of your child, there’s no evidence that doggy-style, say, leads to conceiving a boy and reverse cowgirl increases the chances of conceiving a girl but do explore different positions – it’s fun.)
Sex positions that make getting pregnant fun
So what will help me to conceive naturally?
One in eight couples struggle to get pregnant but there are things you can do to help maximise your chances of conception. Using a sperm-friendly lube, assisted-conception contraptions and investigating any underlying fertility problems are productive ways to increase the likelihood of pregnancy.
Whilst specific sex positions won’t necessarily enhance chances of conception, having fun and feeling relaxed when TTC puts your body in a better state to get pregnant faster.
So go have sex all over the flat; have sex on the stairs, on the kitchen counter (please clean it after), against the door… There are so many ways you can explore each other’s bodies and what feels good even if you are trying to conceive.
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