Does sex position matter when conceiving a baby?

For most women, conceiving a baby takes a bit of an effort. There is a common belief that vanilla sex is the safer position to get pregnant due to the ability of sperms to travel up a woman’s cervix with more ease. But, does sex position actually matter when conceiving a baby?


To answer this question, we will compare some advices given by specialists in the field. According to an article posted by the Women’s Health Magazine, which featured an interview with M.D. Lauren Streicher, an ob-gyn and medical director of the Center for Sexual Medicine and Menopause at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, sex position doesn’t really matter.

Let your body do the work!

She said, “The bottom line is that position doesn’t matter when you’re trying to get pregnant, and there’s never been any scientific evidence to show it makes a difference.” She explains further that doctors used to tilt their patients feet after an intrauterine insemination but that did not increase the rate of fertility. Even though standing might lead some semen to leak out, she explains that “there a millions of sperm in one drop of semen. Sperm are tenacious and most have a good sense of direction. That’s what good, healthy sperm do.”

She claims that the more important factor is age, since women were biologically meant to get pregnant in their twenties. To increase your chance of conceiving, she suggests using an ovulation kit.


No Harm In Post-Coital Cuddle

However, we found a bit of some contrasting perspective from another article by WedMb featuring Dr. James Goldfarb, director of the infertility service at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland.

Now, he agrees that there is no real scientific evidence that the missionary position is better for conceiving; he says that “very rarely, a woman’s cervix is in an unusual position where certain positions can make a difference. However, he does advice to lay in bed for about 10 to 15 minutes after sex. “If you wait 10 to 15 minutes, the sperm that is going to get into the cervix will be in the cervix.”

With Dr. Streicher and Dr. Goldfarb’s words in mind, it seems that sex position doesn’t really affect your chance of conceiving a baby, but just to be safe, what’s the harm of lying down for a few minutes before getting up.

Pleasure Over Pressure, Please!

We’d also like to share an interesting find about a psychologist’s perspective on this. In yet another article, Dr Sheryl Kingsberg, a psychologist who specializes in sex and reproductive therapy at University Hospitals in Ohio, talks about the psychological effects of trying to conceive. She explains that “sexual procreation is really bad for sex” and that “it can really kill a couple’s romance, so they need to make sure that they focus on pleasure and not pressure”. It makes sense that stress can affect you and your partner’s hormones. There is no reason that sex for conceiving shouldn’t also be enjoyable.

All in all, there are a lot of factors affecting your chance of conceiving a baby that aren’t just your sex position. One needs to look at the bigger picture. It won’t help to be in the missionary position if other factors aren’t right. For example, if you are having sex too frequently, your partner’s sperm count might become lower, thus lowering the chance of egg fertilization. On the other hand, if you’re having waiting too long to have sex, your partner’s semen will have dead sperms.

The bottom line, don’t sweat the sex position! Have the sex you want to have. Try to do it every other day during your fertile period. There is no one formula that works, you will find your way with your partner and that’s the beauty of the process.