Growing up, we were all petrified of getting pregnant. Why, I even took a home pregnancy test after my first kiss! But we know better now. Getting pregnant isn't easy for some of us—even when we're having sex at the right time (a day or two before ovulation, and again on the day). But so what if you're taking a wee bit longer than your best friend. You can have plenty of fun trying! And what's better than improving your chances while you enjoy all those orgasms? Here's how:
Position it right: Yes folks, gravity matters. Ideally, a strong sperm can make its way towards the cervix dodging all odds, but why not help the little guy if you can? Popular positions that will help the sperm hit bullseye (ovulation egg) instead of struggling towards it are the missionary position (man on top), and penetrating the woman from behind (doggy-style). Avoid positions like sitting, standing, and woman on top.
Lie down: Don't stand up or start moving around immediately after intercourse. Lie on your back for 15 to 20 minutes. It makes it easier for the sperm to reach the fallopian tubes. Even better, put a pillow under your bottom to raise the hip.
Female orgasm: While an orgasm isn't a pre-requisite for pregnancy, if it improve your chances, whyever not!? Studies show that if a woman orgasms before, during or after ejaculation, it increases the chances of conception. There are two reasons for it. Firstly, after orgasm, a woman is likely to feel relaxed and continue to lie in bed, giving the sperm a better shot at reaching the cervix. And secondly, the contractions of the uterus during an orgasm, suck the sperm closer to the cervix. We promised it would be fun, didn't we?!
Number of times: If all the planning, consulting the ovulation charts and calendars are killing the mood for sex, do it the old-fashioned way. Have sex passionately and frequently through the week (aim for three times). Chances are, if you're doing it enough, you'll end up doing it at the right time sooner or later.
Lubricants: Before you pick a lubricant, make sure it is a sperm friendly one. There are some popular lubricants in the market that can kill the sperm. While they don't act as birth control devices, they do make pregnancy less likely. If a lubricant is a must, pick one carefully.
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