The Truth About Sexual Positions and Getting Pregnant
Which positions are best for making a baby?
Myths abound when it comes to sex, sexual positions, and conception, says Donnica Moore,
MD, a women's health expert based in
Far Hills, N.J.
"One common misconception is that it's best to have all sex all the time
because the greater the number episodes of intercourse, the greater the chance
of conception," she says. But that's not true. "When trying to conceive, it's
better to have sex every other day around ovulation to give the guy a
chance to recharge his sperm count," she says.
While there are no scientific studies regarding the best sexual positions
for baby-making, the missionary (man on top) position is typically considered
optimal for conception, she says.
"Some people suggest that placing a pillow under the hips and keeping legs
raised after sex may enhance the sperms' ability to swim upstream," she
You can, of course, get pregnant having intercourse in
almost any position, but there are certain gravity-defying positions such as
sitting, standing, or woman on top that may discourage sperm from traveling
"Also don't do stupid things like douche after you have sex if you are
trying to conceive," says Moore. Douching alters the pH balance of the vagina
and sperm needs the alkaline-acid levels to be more or less balanced in order
to live. In addition, if you douche, you're flushing cervical fluid out and
this fluid gives sperm an easier and quicker path to the uterus and beyond.
"There is also a myth that says if you have an orgasm, you are more likely
to have a male," she says. "Who knows if that is true, but if you have an
orgasm you are more likely to have fun," Moore says. And "when people are
trying to get pregnant, it can take the fun and spontaneity out of sex."