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Best Sex Positions to Get Pregnant

on Aug 02, 2012

by Prabha Sahgal, MD

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Best Sex Positions to Get Pregnant

Not all sexual positions are created equal when trying to get pregnant. Find out the top 3 positions and find out 4 bonus tips to keep in mind when having intercourse.

There are many discussions about conceiving and which positions for intercourse are best. Many people believe that the sexual position does not have any influence on the ability to conceive. Naturally, a woman can get pregnant by having intercourse in any position, or almost any position. However, if a couple is not able to conceive, the first thing they should consider is to experiment a bit more in the bedroom, and try a couple of new positions. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Missionary position

Best Sex Position #1: MissionaryThe missionary position, so-named because it was believed to be by early missionaries the only position that was not sinful, is actually the best for getting pregnant. It is a very easy position to adopt, with the man on top, it is comfortable and it allows excellent face-to-face and body contact. In the traditional missionary position, the woman lies on her back with her legs spread and both of her knees bent and her feet firm on the bed, while the man is on top facing her. There are also variations on the basic missionary position, whereby the woman raises one or both of her legs, for example, and the man holds them or places them on his shoulders. Or, the woman can extends one or both of her knees. It is true that the missionary position is one of the best sex positions if you want to get pregnant, but this does not apply to all couples.

Generally, the uterus is positioned anteversum, which means that it bends towards the front. Therefore, the missionary position is best for these women, because it allows the uterus to drop back when the woman is standing on her back, thus allowing the semen to enter the uterus and the fallopian tubes much easier. Some women, however, have the uterus positioned retroversum, towards the back. This is not abnormal, but not as common, and these women can just as easily conceive a child. But it might be harder for them to conceive if they choose the missionary position.

Rear-entry position

Best Sex Position #2: Rear EntryAnother great position for conceiving a baby, and the actual best if the woman has a retroversed uterus, is the rear-entry position, when the woman is lying on her abdomen or is kneeling. This position also allows good body contact, and most important, the uterus drops to the front, so that the sperm has enough space to enter the cervix and then the uterus. Furthermore, the sperm can be deposited close to the cervix, with deeper penetration, improving the chances of getting pregnant.

Side-by-side position

Best Sex Position #3: Side LyingLying side-by-side can be a relaxing position for couples and easier on a partner who is overweight or may have a back problem. Side-by-side can either be face-to-face or in the “spoon” position with a rear-entry from behind.

These are the best sex positions you can adopt if you want to conceive and give birth to a baby. If you want to increase your chances even more, you can try some of the following tips:

Tip #1

The man should keep his penis as deeply as possible in the vagina, both during and after ejaculating, to reduce to minimum the leakage of semen.

Tip #2

Also, after pulling out, the man can press the woman’s labia gently, preventing further leakage.

Tip #3

Another important thing that the woman should do is lie on her back or stay on her abdomen for 20 or 30 minutes, with her pelvis slightly elevated. Let gravity do its work!

Tip #4

Most important, relax and enjoy making love! Stress is known to be a main cause of infertility.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.

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  • AndresRoo

    Hi i have a question i been taking fertibela for 4 days now it had gave
    me lots of energy but i also had a tubal reversal done feb of last year
    six months after i had an hsg test done which came out that one of my
    tubes is blocked at the fimbrated end i did have a spill on the left
    side i havent gotten pregnant yet but i also suffer of irregular period
    ever since my sterelization was done i have not bern able control that i
    dont know if the reason why i dont get pregnant is because of the
    surgery or because iam not ovulating i wAnt to know if taking fettibela
    will help me or should i just give up

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  • EmreVega

    I’ve been trying for 2 months now, for my second is it normal not to get pregnant right away? It’s got me thinking! I’m doing everything right, after we have sex sperm comes out, even though i don’t get up right away.

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  • Kitty_Minnie

     I have never heard of sperm coming out before. You might just have a lot of fluid from having intercourse. I know when I have intercourse I try to keep my hips up so it flows down ward. I don’t know if it works. You might want to try it. I have been taking the pills and I have noticed that having intercourse is little more messy then before due to more discharge I have for that ovulation cycle. I know its working I have never had this issue before. I will be moving on to month 2 bottle here soon!! I can’t wait!! Been feeling pregnant but too early to really tell yet but I am hopeful!! :)  

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    There are different reasons for not conceiving a baby, ranging from azoospermia (no sperm) to irregular periods; from abnormal hormone levels to possible uterine disorders. You are more likely to get pregnant if you and your husband are both in good health and younger, of normal weight and have sex but especially during the 5-6 fertile days. I would recommend seeing your gynecologist to determine fertility problems and be provided with treatment options.

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  • solapur

    if someone has no sperm then what will be the procedure to get preganant

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  • karzan askary

    hi my name karzan I did tested S.F.A  ,appear nearly 20 milions ,but fast s.f nearly 20% , Ihave problem ,or no,pleas answer me ,thanks

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  • vickey talwar

    hello mam…i just want to know…if i leave my sperm in female pussy..will she get pregnant???

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1281981673 Emma Fieldhouse

    I came on my period the 29th of dec 2012 I was 5 days late that made my cycle 35 days I was only on for 2 days so wen would I overlate n wen will I cum on x

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1281981673 Emma Fieldhouse

    I came on my period 29th dec 2012 1 was 5 days late making my month cycle 35days I was only on my period 2 days then went off ive done hpt cum bak neg im waiting to cum on now but confussed wiv dates of overlation and my next periods and is ther any tablets I could take to help me get pregnant as ive just lost my son 13weeks ago he was born prem and really want a baby :(

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    I am sorry to hear about your loss. The two day period you had may be an implantation bleeding which occurs 6-10 days after fertilization. You may want to take another test after a few weeks to be certain. As for any tablets to help you get pregnant, you may want to try Fertibella which is a 100% all natural, drug free conception support system designed to dramatically increase your chances of conception.

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  • renuka29

    hai
    i have a 5 yr old daughter
    i had a miscarrige when iam 9 weeks pregnant in sept 2012
    now i want to have a baby boy
    can you please tell me when should i have sex
    thank you

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  • Monica Scott, RN

     You can try conceiving again as soon as your physically and emotionally ready. While there is no guaranteed way to conceive a baby boy, there are lots of ways to increase your chances like creating an alkaline environment which is favorable for boy sperms. You can do that by incorporating bananas, dates, red meats, apricots and peaches in your diet. Having an orgasm during intercourse also creates a more alkaline environment so just relax, don’t stress and enjoy!

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  • Monica Scott, RN

     Your sperm count is just alright. According to the World Health Organization, Over 15 million sperm per milliliter is considered normal, anything less is oligozoospermia (low sperm count).

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  • Shana

     After we have sex sperm comes out, even though i don’t get up right away..Why??

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  • Swapnaraoganchali

     After we have sex sperm comes out, even though i don’t get up right away..Why??

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  • Lydia

    I have an irregular period, but got my last period after three months on Feb 6, and i had sex on 11th; 12th and 14th… i am planning to have baby now… are there chances in me getting pregnant now… if not please suggest me what best i can do to get pregnant…

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  • Monica Scott, RN

     Most women ovulate 2 weeks after your period. A good way to get pregnant faster is to have intercourse 2-3 days before you ovulate. That is because, the egg can only live 24 hrs. after ovulation but the sperm can live for 5 days inside your body. By doing so, you are giving your man’s sperm a head start of reaching the egg on time. You can use an ovulation prediction kit (OPK) to help you determine when you are about to ovulate. An OPK  detects a surge of luteinizing hormone in your urine which means that ovulation is about to occur within 24-36 hrs.

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  • Kaylaandkids

    I had a cin 3 operation they removed atleast 30% of my cervix since then I’ve fallen pregnant 5 times and miscarriaged every time for no reason. Wat is wrong with me

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

     Treatment for CIN3 should not affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant in the future. However, the cervix is a muscle that keeps the entrance to the womb closed unless the woman is in labor. Since you mentioned that 30% of your cervix has been removed, that is probably why you are having miscarriages. Your cervix may start to open too soon because of the weight of the growing baby. It is best to consult your doctor as to the treatment that is suitable for you. There are treatments available such as stitching the cervix to hold it shut. This is called the purse string suture. The stitch is cut before the woman goes into labour, usually at about week 37 of pregnancy. The cervix can then open normally for the baby to come out.

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  • Yonela Dlova

    hi i have been trying to get pregnant from 2011 and i was using contraceptives and stopped using them mid year of 2010 but i haven’t conceived yet.i don’t have any problem with my menstrual cycle but 2 weeks before my period i have abdominal pains and sometimes are every painful ,if you can hep me,i want to know what is causing the pains and why wont i fall pregnant

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  • Falisha khan

    hi i started my periods on the 1st of this month and it ended on the 6th i had sex on the 18th am i still legable to get pregnant

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

     Most women start ovulating about 14 days after their period. If you missed your period after having intercourse on the 18th, it is best to take a home pregnancy test to make sure. Since you have irregular cycles, charting may not be very accurate in knowing your fertile days. You may want to track your ovulating days with the help of an ovulation prediction kit (OPK). It works by detecting a surge of lutenizing hormone in your urine which tells you that ovulation is about to occur within 24-36 hrs.

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  • Doppaiapudipraneetha

    I have an irregular period, but got my last period after three months on oct 6 and doctor suggest to harmones problem (duphaston tablet in 3months course)  i am planning to have baby now… are there chances in me getting pregnant now… if not please suggest me what best i can do to get pregnant…

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  • Sivasbc

    Hi i got married before 3 months i used to have intercourse ,when my sperm releases and when i used to take from my partner most of them are going waste in bed .i want to know whether it is usual  or not.

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    Possible reason could be the sperm was not deposited into your cervix. The best sexual position for getting pregnant is missionary position, lying down with the man on top, is considered the best sexual position for getting pregnant, as the sperm is deposited as close as possible to the cervix. The woman does not have to change positions at all afterwards so that allows the sperm to stay exactly where it needs to be. To make extra sure that the sperm is against the cervix, the woman can put a small pillow under her hips to allow the sperm to pool exactly where it needs to be. Typically, 20 minutes in this position is good enough to allow the sperm to get where it needs to be.

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  • Sushil Pathania

    Repected Doctor,
    I am 28 years old lady. Last year I was get pregnant but unfortunately I got miscarriage. But after passing a year I am not getting pregnant even we are tying continuously. Last time i also get the same problem. Is there any sex position problem or any other…….

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Since you’re only 28 years old and miscarriages won’t affect one’s fertility, there is still a big chance for you to get pregnant. Because sex positions don’t greatly influence conception, I recommend you to quit your unwanted habits, increase sexual intercourse and avoid stress to promote conception.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    If your partner does not have a sperm and you want to get pregnant; I do recommend you to make use of the artificial insemination method. The artificial insemination method is considered to be effective in such a way that a healthy sperm which is usually obtained from a sperm bank is implanted in your uterus and allows you to be pregnant.

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    You most likely are experiencing mid-cycle pains which are commonly due to your ovulation. Your abdominal cramps are due to your ovulation, in such a way that your follicle ruptures and releases an egg that can trigger the pain. Experiencing mid-cycle pains are quite normal, however; if you feel great discomfort due to it, it is best that you see your ObGyn for prescribed drugs. In this way, you can have your doctor run you and your partner some diagnostic tests which can determine what prevents you from conceiving.

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  • Aisha Praveen

    hi i am aisha from pakistan i marred one year 4 mounts i have no baby my husband and my reports are clear plz help me.

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  • sweety

    hi i got suddenly pre mature abortion.. will it take long time for another pregancy? could u suggest me for pregancy pls..

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  • venu

    Having intercourse 3 to 4 times a day during fertile period a decent number or it should be more

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    Having sexual intercourse once a day during your fertile periods are enough to increase your chances of conceiving as long as you do not have any underlying fertility issues and his sperm is ok.

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  • Morgan Korbel

    Hi. My husband and I have been trying for almost 4 yrs to get pregnant and haven’t had any luck I have done all the charting and still nothing. We did a sperm count on him and he is normal. I have been wanting to try fertility pills but thats really expensive
    I don’t know wat else to do.

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  • look

    hi i m 32 year old i am discharge during sex

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  • Maureen Stephens, RN

    What you can do to increase your chances of conceiving is to have sex every other day to ensure that your fertile days are covered. You may also take prenatal vitamins such as folic acid, zinc and vitamins B6 and B12 as this combination is known to help boost your fertility. You can also consider taking Fertibella as it is a 100% drug-free, safe and all natural solution for enhancing your body’s own natural fertility and dramatically increasing your chances of conception.

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  • God’s time

    OUR JOURNEY: (1) SPACING – we stop having sex day 7 counting from day one of my LMP and had sex on day 11, day 13 and day 15. Then abstain for long to see if I will miss my next period. As God almighty would have it I missed my next period thus we decided to continue to abstain for the next 3 months to prevent miscarriage, b/c we have had that experience b/4. (2) POSITIONING – the goal here is to position yourself in such a way to prevent sperm from spilling out from the vagina for at least 100mins after sex. In our case, my husband was always on top, I lay down on my back with my legs elevated and at least a pillow under my butt to elevate my vagina to prevent sperm from spilling out during and after sex . After sex I remain in that position for at least 100min. My husband help to watch and make sure I am well positioned and that the sperm is not dripping out a lot. Your husband has to place a big role in this.
    I’m now 8 months pregnant with our baby boy, after about 3months of trying. To God almighty be the glory for the things He has done.

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  • anm

    hi doc DAILY How many times sex is necessary for conception?

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    There are no required number of times you should have intercourse to be able to conceive, as it only takes on sperm cell to meet the ovum. You just need to have the right timing. You may try having sex every other day or every three days as sperm can survive for as long as 72 hours. This is to ensure that your ovulation days are covered.

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  • M atif

    Hi Aisha How r u ap ka masla hal ho gya ya nai abi ager ho gya to good ager nai hua to btain main help karon ap ki and ap kis city main rehti hain
    attiegul@gmail.com is id pe reply karain

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  • Anastazia

    I am on estergion birthcontrol and 2 weeks ago I miss my period 1 whole week than 2 days ago for 1 whole dark brown chunk came out and boobs been hurting like its sensitive to touch and have a smell down there and I miss 1 pill on my ovulation day and I had sex that day and wondering if it makes my estergion low and I am on my birthcontrol kit all be done in 2 weeks and what should I do if I miss my period again?

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  • Overy?

    I had my left ovary removed due to having a cyst for years…. does that decrease my chances in getting pregnant now? If I was to get pregnant would be a different as far as carrying to my due date

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