Getting Pregnant (Baby Making 101)

What Are the Best Sexual Positions to Get Pregnant?

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It's fair to say that it is possible to fall pregnant in just about any sexual position; however, there are certain positions which make it easier for the sperm to enter the cervix and pass through the fallopian tubes until eventually making contact with, and fertilising the egg. In order for the egg to be successfully fertilised the sperm and the egg need to meet quickly as a typical egg only has a life span of 24 hours once is has been released. Sperm can last 3-5 days in the female body but it has to find the egg. To date, there is no firm evidence to back up which positions are best, but the ones you might like to consider are:

Missionary position

In the missionary position the woman lies on her back with her legs parted so that the man can lie on top of her between her legs. In this position the man can support his weight using his arms and his knees so that the woman doesn't have to bear his full body weight. In the missionary position both the woman and the man have a good range of movement, as well as the opportunity to be more intimate with each other. The missionary position has the added advantage that when a woman is lying down her vagina is tilted slightly downwards to the cervix which means the penis can penetrate deeper to the front recess of the cervix, meaning that upon ejaculation the sperm will get through the cervix and into the uterus faster.

Rear entry

Rear entry, also known as doggy style, is where the woman is on all fours and the man enters her vagina from behind. Again, this position allows for deep penetration allowing the penis to ejaculate right at the back recess of the cervix.


Side by side, also known as spoons or spooning is where the woman lies on her side with the man lying behind her. The penis enters the vagina from behind. This can be a very relaxing position and allows the man to fully caress the woman's body during intercourse. This is a very good position if the man is overweight or suffers with back problems. Side-by-side can also be done facing each other for more intimacy.

Raise the hips

By placing a pillow under the woman's hips the pelvis is further tilted downwards towards the cervix allowing for deep penetration from the man.

Rather than worrying about positions, the most important thing to remember when trying for a baby is to have lots of sex and lots of fun. Enjoy being together without baby-making becoming a chore.

Do I have to reach orgasm to get pregnant?

The short answer is no! Obviously your partner needs to orgasm although it is possible for some sperm to come out before the point of ejaculation. But it is not necessary for you to reach orgasm in order to fall pregnant.

Is there anything else I can do to improve my chances of falling pregnant?

Although there is no evidence to prove it, it is thought that you can improve your chances of falling pregnant by remaining lying down for up to half an hour; if possible, raise your hips on a pillow to keep the pelvis tilted slightly upwards.

Warning: If you suffer from a urinary tract infection (UTI) then you would be advised not to do this, especially if you have been advised by your GP to empty your bladder immediately after sex.

Some women recommend lying on your back and pedalling your legs as if you were on a bicycle for a few minutes. There is no evidence to support whether or not this actually works but if nothing else it gives you both something to laugh about!

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