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The Best Sex for Making Babies

  • Sitting or standing - Sitting or standing during intercourse can only work against you and your partner if you are trying to conceive. Not only does gravity work against you, but neither sitting nor standing allows for deep penetration. When your partner's semen is deposited farther from your cervix, his sperm have a longer, more complicated time getting to your egg. This is especially true when you sit or stand upright and gravity pulls the semen down.

You and your partner may be so excited about having a baby that every time you have sex, you use one of the three optimal baby-making positions. You might even be a little tired of the same old thing! But optimizing your chances of getting pregnant doesn't have to be a bore.

Below are a few ways to combat the factors experts say could work against you, while still keeping it interesting in the bedroom.

  • Outsmart gravity - While woman-on-top is said to be one of the more counterproductive baby-making positions because it gives semen the chance to leak out, you can prevent this from happening by lying down immediately following your partner's orgasm. Stay put for at least 15 minutes to allow the sperm some time to make their way upward. If you are prone to urinary tract infections and have been advised to go to the bathroom immediately after having sex, this is not a good option for you.

  • Use a pillow - Keeping your hips elevated for about 20 minutes after intercourse will allow your cervix to rest in your partner's semen, giving the sperm more time to travel up through your uterus and fallopian tubes. Elevating your hips by lying on your back and placing a small pillow under your pelvic region will expose your cervix to the maximum amount of sperm and promote their upward mobility.

  • Have an orgasm - Other than wanting to please you, your partner has another reason to help you reach orgasm if the two of you are trying to get pregnant. Research suggests that muscular contractions associated with the female orgasm can actually trigger an "upsuck" reaction, pulling the sperm from the vagina to the cervix and giving them a better chance at reaching an egg. Of course, the only orgasm essential for conception is your partner's, and pregnancy without the female orgasm is always possible, but there's no harm in striving for it anyway!

Baby-making sex is only true baby-making sex during your fertile period, which leaves the rest of the month open to have any kind of sex you want! Trying to get pregnant shouldn't feel like a chore. Have fun with it. A certain amount of spontaneity in your sex life will help keep it both exciting and healthy.

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