It’s a long-standing debate: can your sex position make a difference in how likely you are to conceive? The bottom line is that it’s possible to get pregnant in any position.
Sperm can travel into the fallopian tubes from any angle, even when the woman is on top. Some studies, however, have found that a couple of positions can help to maximize the amount of sperm that enter through the cervix.
Missionary is the tried-and- true standard for trying to conceive. The position enables deep penetration, and the woman being on her back tilts the vagina down towards the cervix. This can make it easier for sperm to enter the uterus.
Doggy style is an ideal position for deep penetration, placing sperm as close as possible to the cervix. Other positions in which the man enters from behind, such as spooning or the woman laying on her stomach, also allow this kind of penetration.
Positions to Avoid
The goal in choosing a sex position is to maximize the amount of sperm that can enter the uterus. Let gravity work for you by avoiding sex standing up, sitting, or with the woman on top. These positions can definitely still result in a pregnancy, but they may reduce the number of sperm that make it to the finish line.
While missionary and doggy style may be the best positions for maximizing sperm entry, there are other factors to consider. Regardless of position, it’s most important that you have sex regularly, particularly leading up to ovulation. You should make sure that you and your partner are having fun and feeling relaxed as much as possible. If changing up your positions helps with that, it’s worthwhile, even if that means trying out something that’s not on this list.
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