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How a Conception Pillow Can Increase Your Chances

Many fertility experts recommend that women who are trying to conceive should, after sex, remain in a position that encourages her partner's sperm to pool against her cervix - usually on her back with her pelvis elevated. Instead of stacking an unsteady pile of pillows under you, there's now a special pillow designed just for baby-making!

The conception pillow is contoured to fit a woman's body and usually features side handles to allow for easy positioning. It also heightens the angle of the vagina to tilt downwards towards her cervix.

Many experts, including Dr. Christopher Williams, MD, reproductive endocrinologist and fertility specialist with the University of Virginia, recommend their patients raise their hips and lie still for 20 minutes after sex, and use this positioning with their artificial insemination patients. Esteemed sex therapist Dr. Ruth, in her self-title pregnancy guide, recommends "the woman should continue to lie on her back with her pelvis slightly tilted upward for ... 20 to 30 minutes."

A study published in the September 2000 issue of Fertility and Sterility and conducted at the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada shows that the position of a patient after intrauterine insemination can have a significant effect on pregnancy rates. In the study, 116 couples with unexplained infertility were studied. Those who remained lying on their backs after insemination had a much higher pregnancy rate per cycle than patients who got up immediately after the procedure.

Several companies sell conception pillows, one of the most popular of which is The Conception Curve Positioning Pillow which is made of polyurethane foam and covered in hypoallergenic satin that has a water-resistant backing for easy clean-up.

While positioning is not usually a concern for the average couple trying to get pregnant, if you are struggling, this could make all the difference. So give a conception pillow a try - it may make your baby dreams come true!

 


 

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