Many are unaware that sex positions play an important role in one’s fertility. If you, like many are still confused about this issue and are curious about which positions are best, this article may prove informative.
It must be noted that there is no specific evidence or detailed research that supports the theory that sexual positions can help a woman conceive or determine the sex of a baby.
However, if you’re willing to put it to the test, the following are several that many swear by.
Doggy style: The best sexual position for conceiving a boy
Many claim that having sex from behind, also known as the doggy style, is the best position for conceiving a boy.
This is based on the scientific knowledge that X chromosome sperm (female sperm) swim slower than Y chromosome sperm (male sperm), thereby allowing male sperm to “win” the race by fertilising the egg first.
This particular sex position is claimed to support the speed of Y chromosome sperm.
Missionary: The best sexual position for conceiving a girl
If you are trying to conceive a girl, having the man on top of the woman, also known as the missionary position, is believed the best.
This position requires shallow penetration, thus sperm need to travel a longer distance to reach the egg.
In this scenario, the X chromosome sperm has a definite advantage over Y chromosome sperm since female sperm have a longer lifespan than their male counterparts.
Woman on top
For some women, this is the most pleasurable position. Many doctors also believe that it’s the most important factor when a couple is trying to conceive.
Dr Allison Hill, Dr Yvonne Bohn, and Dr Alane Park of The Mommy Docs — all OB-GYNS who practise in Los Angeles, claim the best position for fertility is the one most comfortable for the woman.
After sex, try this trick. Lie with a small pillow under your hips for 20 minutes. This can help sperm swim toward your uterus, thus increasing the rate of conception.
Some experts believe that it may actually be an advantage for the woman to achieve an orgasm in order to conceive.
When a woman has an orgasm, the contractions cause the cervix to dip lower into the vagina, a condition that may help conception by sucking the sperm up into the uterus.
Having sex and trying to get pregnant is important for a married couple. However, this isn’t always an easy job. If even after repeated attempts, you have been unsuccessful, ask your doctor for what alternative means can be used instead.
This article first appeared in hellodoktor.com and was reviewed by Dr Duyen Le. The Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.