Facts and fiction about sex have been passed down for centuries. You might have read online that certain sex positions will help you conceive.
Let’s take a deep dive into the Best Sex Positions to Get Pregnant – a Scientific Concept or Just a Myth?
Let’s get real: there’s a lot of misinformation online about sex positions and pregnancy. It’s hard to know who you can trust when you need accurate information about fertility.
For a quick, expert answer on sex positions for pregnancy, check out this video from one of our medical advisors:
To understand whether sex positions could improve your chances of conception, let’s get clear on what needs to happen for conception.
After maturing within a follicle, an egg is released from the ovary into the fallopian tube.
Ovulation occurs 12-14 days before your next period. You’re most likely to get pregnant in the days right around ovulation, so we like to call this your fertile window. Tracking your ovulation is one of the best ways to optimize your chances of getting pregnant.
If ovulation isn’t successful, you could have sex every day but never conceive. Anovulation is when an egg is never released, and it can happen due to various causes. Check out our blog on anovulation for more information about the #1 cause of infertility.
Once you’ve ovulated and had sex, the sperm and the egg have to meet in the fallopian tube.
You may have noticed that after you have sex, a lot of semen ends up on your sheets or your toilet paper. The sperm that remains may die inside the vagina if it doesn’t move quickly enough. Only the most agile sperm will ever see the fallopian tube, and only one needs to meet the egg.
Pregnancy begins when the fertilized egg implants into the uterine lining.
The fertilized egg travels down the fallopian tube and into the uterus to plant itself on the endometrium. Here, the placenta begins to form and the fetus grows.
Learn More: Implantation: Everything You Need to Know
Making a baby may seem complicated but sex is the easiest part. Problems can arise at every point in the steps of conception. If you’re trying to conceive and having problems, it’s most likely not because of the sex positions you’re choosing.
On the other hand, there are ways to increase your chances of getting pregnant, and we’ll talk about those later. First, let’s talk about whether there’s a link between sex positions and conception.
There’s not a lot of evidence to support the idea that sex positions impact your ability to get pregnant.
Some experts say that positions for deep penetration will help your chances of conceiving. And this rationale does make sense: the further up the vaginal canal, the less distance sperm has to swim, right?
Yet there is no solid evidence to support this premise.
As long as you’re having vaginal sex, the position doesn’t seem to matter. This is because sperm are very motile. After they’re ejaculated into the vaginal canal, they surround and penetrate the cervix. Once inside, they don’t have far to travel to get to the fallopian tube.
The best sex positions for conception are the ones that work for you and your partner! Based on the best evidence we have, there is no one sex position that will boost your chances of conception. So relax and enjoy your time in the bedroom!
But there are real ways to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Let’s talk about them.
Even though sex positions don’t seem to matter, there are a lot of ways to enhance your fertility naturally.
The best way to boost your odds of getting pregnant is to have sex during your fertile window. The days right before and after ovulation are your most fertile ones. Having sex in this window ensures that the sperm can meet the egg in the fallopian tube.
Tracking ovulation doesn’t just make sense, but it’s a proven way to get pregnant faster. In research, tracking ovulation helped participants get pregnant within just two cycles.
Read More: Getting pregnant: When are you most fertile?
But how do you know whether or not you’re ovulating? It’s easier than you think. Here’s how:
The color and texture of your mucus can tell you a lot about where you are in your cycle. Learn how in our guide on cervical mucus.
Use advanced fertility tracking: Even when tracking your cervical mucus, it’s possible to think you’ve ovulated when you haven’t.
Inito’s advanced ovulation tracker confirms ovulation so you’re certain you have the best chance of conceiving.
We’re only recently starting to learn more about how our daily choices impact our fertility. Check out these factors that you can change to boost your chances of conception:
This may seem obvious, but getting intimate with your partner consistently and timing it right, can help you get pregnant. In one study, participants who had sex more often increased their chances of getting pregnant within two years.
You’ve probably heard or read about some of these common myths around sex positions and conception. Let’s bust some myths and make the facts clear.
There is a little evidence to support that having an orgasm may help with sperm transport.
There are a few possible explanations for this. The hormone oxytocin rises during and after an orgasm, and may help sperm move from the vaginal canal through the cervix.
Yet many women don’t experience orgasms during vaginal sex. If you don’t orgasm during vaginal sex, don’t let this information stress you out.
There are other, more proven methods to improve fertility than having an orgasm. Women who orgasm from sex are no more likely to get pregnant than women who don’t.
In order for sperm to travel to the fallopian tubes, it has to get through the cervix. Some people think that positions that widen the cervix may help more sperm get through. Others claim that the direction of your cervical opening can either help or harm your chances of conceiving.
There is no evidence that certain positions allow more sperm than others. There’s also no evidence that the direction of your cervical opening matters for conception.
Some people say that lying down after sex allows the sperm to move through the cervix and into the fallopian tube. There’s even advice out there to lay in bed with your legs above your head!
There isn’t evidence that these post-sex positions help with sperm motility. Viable sperm move quickly up the vaginal canal after ejaculation, so there’s no need for acrobatics to get them to the egg.
You may notice that some fluid falls out of your vagina after sex. When you pee, more of this fluid may fall out. Keep in mind that viable sperm is already in the cervix at this point. Losing excess semen and vaginal fluid is normal and doesn’t affect your fertility.
Nope. The opening of the cervix (known as the cervical os) is a tight muscle. It doesn’t open during sex, but it does widen during ovulation and birth. A wider opening allows sperm to swim through the opening. It also lets a baby pass through during birth. This widening happens because of hormones, not penetration.
Conception does require vaginal penetration with ejaculation. In other words, you need to have sex to get pregnant. But there isn’t any evidence to suggest that deeper penetration helps with conception.
You may prefer deeper penetrative sex, or you may not. Neither is wrong. As long as your partner is ejaculating inside your vaginal canal, you have a good chance of getting pregnant.
Some people (and some lubricant companies) will tell you that lubricants help sperm move towards the egg. This information couldn’t be more false.
Sperm don’t have the motility to make it through thick lubricants. Many lubricants actually hurt or kill sperm before they even make it to the egg.
But if you prefer lubricants, you can still use them and get pregnant. Look for the “fertility friendly” label to be sure your lubricant isn’t toxic to sperm.
Nope. The most important time to have sex is during your fertile window. Having sex during the four days before ovulation, the day of ovulation, and one day after ovulation can help you get pregnant in that cycle. Having sex every single day is not only unnecessary, it’s often exhausting.