Trying to get pregnant can be a lot of fun, but it also requires some planning and preparation. Sifting through information and weeding out the facts from old wives' tales about conception will help you figure out what truly works and what's a myth. Although science has yet to prove it's validity, many women attest that if you can figure out how to keep sperm in when trying to conceive you'll have success getting pregnant. If you aren't afraid to approach your conception quest with a don't knock it 'til you try it attitude, you may find yourself happily surprised with the results.
Getting those little swimmers exactly where you want them is key when trying to become pregnant. After you and your partner have had your romp, don't rush off too soon. According to The Bump, you should lounge around in bed for 20 minutes or more after sex to get the job done. This allows the sperm to pool at the top of the vagina, which is where they will enter through to do their job. But don't worry, there's no need to prop your hips up or pull your knees to your chest unless you want to, since neither of these positions make the sperm-to-egg connection any more effective.
When it comes to getting busy on Operation Pregnancy, feel free to mix things up in the bedroom. To rev up the excitement in your baby making, get creative with your sex positions. As Dr. Serena Chen reported on the website for Parents magazine that, "when a man ejaculates, sperm swims out, goes directly into the cervical mucus and into the fallopian tubes," regardless of which position you're using. The exchange happens so fast, you don't need to stick with missionary to guarantee success.
But all the fun sex and lounging in bed won't do you any good if you haven't done a little ovulation math. Ovulation is the time a woman's body is able to conceive, so making sure you have a gauge on where you are in your cycle is your first step in getting pregnant. According to Mayo Clinic, there are four ways to know when you're ovulating. To figure out when your body is dropping eggs you can track your period for a few months, examine your cervical mucus, track your basal body temperature, or use an ovulation predictor kit.
For most women, ovulation happens between day 11 and day 21 of their menstrual cycle, according to the website for the American Pregnancy Association. During this time, your cervical mucus will change from watery to sticky, which is when it's ready to catch those sperm and fertilize an egg. Once you know when you're ovulating, you'll need to act fast. As What To Expect pointed out, the window for a viable egg is typically between 12 and 24 hours.
There's no harm in having lots of sex in this time period so plenty of sperm can reach that egg. And if you want to try the "rest and wait" tactic to keep the sperm in, by all means, kick back with a magazine and a glass of tea until you're good and ready to get up.