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Best Positions for Trying to Conceive
By Joanna Ellington, Ph.D., Reproductive Physiologist
Dr. Joanna EllingtonQ. I was told by several people that certain positions are better for TTC (trying to conceive). Is this true? And if so, which positions are they?

A. The best position is one that allows you and ESPECIALLY your Darling Husband to enjoy the lovemaking, as long as sperm are deposited in the vagina. The reason that this is important is that the better it feels and the more excited he, is the more sperm he ejaculates. You can see references to this in our Reference Library section.

Lying with your hips elevated has never been scientifically proven to help conception. Sperm that participate in fertilization leave the vagina and go into the cervix within minutes. It has never been proven that sperm that are hanging around the vagina for more than 30 minutes ever fertilize an egg. The winners likely are gone in the first 10-15 minutes. The idea of elevating your hips was thought to keep seminal secretions in the vagina longer.

I don't think it is a bad idea to rest for a few minutes and not rush to clean up after lovemaking. Many TTcers feel better not having the woman on top during critical days. But you can be creative. Having your husband come from behind, and then resting with the two of you lying down and he still in you for awhile can be fun, as long as you aren't too squished . You can do the same with facing each other, lying on your sides. Just take some common sense time to rest and enjoy each other, and let him stay in you just as long as he can; this helps you secrete hormones and fluids to move the sperm along.

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