For couples who are trying to conceive, the basic question that lingers in the mind of both the partners is the method of intercourse. Many are unaware of the best position, time and procedure of having sex that can majorly impact conception. Know more about this aspect of conception.
When is the Best Time for Getting Pregnant?
Timing is very important when you are planning for a baby
. The best time to have sex is right before you ovulate. So 2-3 days before ovulation is the most fertile period for a woman. Counting the first day of your period as day one of your cycle, majority of women ovulate around 14 days before their next period begins. If your menstrual cycle is between 24 and 30 days, you will most likely ovulate between 10 and 16 days. Also note that as the egg is released from your ovary, it is receptive to your partner's sperm and able to fertilize for only about 12-24 hours. However, the sperm can stay viable for up to 5 days after the sex. This is why you can have intercourse 3 to 5 days before the ovulation and still conceive. For women who keep a definitive count of their cycles, it is easy to mark fertile days. However, for those women who have irregular cycles, it is better to take help of some fertility monitoring tools such as ovulation calendar, Basal Body Temperature (BBT)
charting or Ovulation Predictor Kit
and get the timing right.
Best Sex Position to Get Pregnant
Many couples are worried about the ‘perfect’ sex position to increase the chances of conception. However, there is no such thing as the ideal way to have sex for getting pregnant. Some experts recommend that the man-on-top position is better, as it allows the sperm to get deposited right around the cervix. Others think that if the woman is on top, she may be defying gravity and thus the sperm will leak out. However, one needs to realize that sperms are speedy swimmers and they can easily get into the fallopian tubes within seconds. The white semen that most couples encounter right after sex is the dead sperm; so you need not worry.
However, understand that the only way sex position matters is how it makes you feel. Some studies suggest that in cases where there is a longer foreplay and thus an elevated sexual arousal right before ejaculation, chances are that the sperm count is augmented. Additionally, with some couples when a woman gets an orgasm right before the male ejaculates, it tends to increase the chances of pregnancy.
Things to Avoid After Intercourse
There are many theories that have been presented to contribute in the baby-making process. One such belief is that the woman should stay in bed for around 20 minutes or an hour after sex, in order to keep the sperm inside the vagina for longer. It is suggested that the woman can also hold her knees up in order to speed up the process or place her hips on a small pillow and the feet on the wall. For women who do not feel like doing this, these are just suggestions and not medically proven facts. However, there are certain things that need to be avoided such as not douching as it leads to risk of pelvic infection and also decreases the chance of conception. Another thing to stay away from is any exercise that can elevate body temperature. Long runs, saunas and hot tubs should also be avoided.
So keep these things in mind while you try for a baby. There may be many suggestions and myths that surround the procedure of baby-making, but only refer to those which are medically proven.
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