When baby-making is on the cards, certain sexual positions have an increased chance of conception. The golden rule here is that the man’s sperm must be deposited as close as possible to the woman’s cervix – and the best positions for conception are the ones that expose the woman’s cervix to as much sperm as possible.
The Missionary Position
This man-on-top position is commonly considered the best as it facilitates deep penetration during lovemaking – thereby placing the sperm closer to the cervix inside the vagina. Sometimes, placing a pillow under the woman’s hips also helps maximize the exposure of sperm to the cervix.
Rear Entry Position
These are sexual positions in which the man enters the woman from behind. They help deposit sperm close to the cervix and aid conception. Rear entry positions are particularly helpful for women with a tipped or tilted uterus.
Lying side by side positions are very relaxing as there is less strain on any one partner. Besides aiding conception, these positions are ideal for those who are overweight or suffer from a bad back.
Positions To Avoid:
When it comes to baby-making, it is better to avoid having sex in positions that defy gravity (as this lessens the likelihood of the man’s sperm reaching the cervix). So avoid having sex:
- While sitting
- With the woman on top
Fertility experts usually recommended that the woman stay in bed for up to half an hour after making love with her hips raised. This will allow the sperm to travel up the fallopian tubes, aided by gravity once again and towards the fertile egg.
The common myth that the woman needs to have an orgasm for conception to take place – is in fact incorrect. But it has been found that the waves that may accompany an orgasm could help in moving the sperm closer to the cervix, and up the fallopian tubes.
Tips & Tricks
Dieting during pregnancy can cause abnormalities and a low birth weight in your baby; therefore your ideal weight should be reached before pregnancy.
Taking folic acid in its natural form before pregnancy can prevent serious birth defects. You can find them in fruits and vegetables, fortified cereals, and enriched bread products. If you’re planning to conceive, you should consume at least 400 micrograms of folic acid a day.
If you are on contraceptive pills, it could take a few months before your periods are regular and you begin ovulating again. It usually is best to stop the pills at the end of a cycle to avoid mid-cycle bleeding.
Before buying a home pregnancy test kit, be sure to check the expiry date. For accurate results, take the test after one week after the missed period; testing very early, can give you negative results.
Green tea and orange pekoe (popularly known as 'regular') are considered to be excellent fertility enhancers. Research has shown that women who regularly drink tea, increase their chance of conception.