Can a Woman’s Orgasm Increase the Chance of Pregnancy?

Can a Woman's Orgasm Increase the Chance of Pregnancy?

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If you are trying to get pregnant, chances are there are many things that you are considering. Some of these questions may involve the best positions in which to have sex or how long that you need to lay down after sex. There are many theories related to having sex while pregnant and one area that is often debated and researched is female orgasm. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Although this phenomenon is fantastic when it happens, the question remains, how much does it affect pregnancy and what are the repercussions if a woman does not have an orgasm during sex. As with most things, research on this topic is scarce and many disagree with the findings that do exist. While some doctors say that it is important, others say that it is not. Obviously, you are able to get pregnant even without an orgasm, but scientists still debate about how much having an orgasm affects pregnancy. Now according to the Shettles Method of gender selection, if you are trying to conceive a girl, you will absolutely want to avoid an orgasm, so that bears thought too.

The Poleaxe Theory

There are two basic theories when it comes to female orgasm. The first is called the poleaxe. This theory takes into account how a woman feels after she has an orgasm. Those who support this theory believe that a woman has an orgasm so that she will feel tired and want to lie down after sex.

Lying down after having sex

Another debatable point when it comes to sex is the effectiveness of lying down after having sex. Many people believe that women who stand up immediately after having sex, have a lower chance of getting pregnant than those who lay down for about 10 to 15 minutes after sex. This idea has proven successful for women who have IVF, but it is fairly unstudied for women who conceive naturally.

“Upsuck” Theory

With this in mind, scientists believe that since an orgasm encourages women to lie down after having sex, that this must be the reason for one. This theory states that both orgasm and women lying down after sex provide sperm the tools needed to successfully reach the egg and fertilize it as our bodies have been designed to do so.

Another theory also exists regarding female orgasm, called the “upsuck” theory. This theory involves the physical contractions that a woman’s body goes through as she orgasms. With this theory, scientists believe that an orgasm actually draws sperm into the uterus and that the contractions encourage that sperm to travel to the egg in order to fertilize it.

While neither theory has been substantiated, many believe that an orgasm is important when women are trying to get pregnant. One study that has been completed regarding female orgasms involves the sperm that her partner has after her orgasm. For those who were studied where the female had an orgasm, more healthy sperm were found in her partner’s sperm. However, for women who did not orgasm, her partner’s sperm was not as plentiful or healthy.

These studies indicate that a woman’s orgasm can play an important role in the process to get pregnant. However, since many women get pregnant without having an orgasm, they are not required. In fact, it is estimated that only about 25% of women have an orgasm at all when they are having sex compared of 90% of men.

Women have many reasons to desire having an orgasm while they are having sex. For starters, sex feels much better with an orgasm than it does without one. Also, it appears that it may be easier for a woman to get pregnant if they do have an orgasm. With this in mind, many women may strive to have an orgasm when they are trying to get pregnant.

One thing to keep in mind is that trying to force yourself to have an orgasm in order to aid with the pregnancy process will make it nearly impossible for one to occur. Sex is meant to be a relaxing and fun event that you should enjoy with your partner. By forcing yourself to have an orgasm, you are taking much of the fun out of the process.

Trying to get pregnant can be a stressful situation if you are struggling to do so. For many, they find themselves willing to do just about anything in the off chance that it will help them get pregnant. However, you should remember to relax and enjoy the ride to parenthood. Getting there is half the fun!

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
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.