Holiday Sex and Trying for a Baby? Will this Really Help?

Trying for pregnancy should be fun and relaxed, most couples manage quite well without a lot of plotting, tools or technique.

Statistically between 50 and 60 % of couples are pregnant after 6 months of trying.

One of the first questions many gynos get: is ‘do I need to lay down for a certain amount of time after we have sex to maximize the chances I will get pregnant? Or can I still quickly run to the bathroom because I keep my bladder healthy by peeing right after sex? Or do I need to put a pillow under my hips for a few minutes to get pregnant?!

To answer the question of what is the best way to get pregnant regarding whether you need to rest in bed after sex in order to enhance getting pgĀ  Dr.Coroday and collaborators from the University Hospital in Nancy France reviewed the information from 176 medical reports to come to the conclusion that yes, laying back improves your odds of getting pregnant, but by just a bit.

Yes laying on your back is recommended, and doing this will get you pregnant more of the time! It will increase pregnancy rates by about 60%, whether the couple was having sex, or getting inseminated.

But not too many studies done and those that we can find we see that the the studies were not large and didn’t last very long so many gynos say that the advice to rest after sex is reasonable, but not necessarily a must when trying to get pregnant.

If all the quick little tricks like reclining after sex, plotting your cycle, measuring your temperature, or using ovulation predictor kits, you may want to progress to to progress to intratuterine insemination. Come in to Women’s Health Practice to discuss your options, and to make a pregnancy planning visit.


Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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