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- 1. Does having an orgasm help you to get pregnant?
- 2. Should I try to stop the sperm from leaking out after sex? For how long?
- 3. Are there any sexual practices we should avoid while trying to conceive? For example, is saliva harmful? Sex toys? Flavored lubricants?
- 4. Is there a sex position that’s best for conceiving?
- 5. I think my husband masturbates sometimes. Should he stop while we're trying to conceive?
- 6. Do we have to have sex every day while I'm trying to get pregnant?
- 7. Is there a body type that's best for conceiving? I'm flat-chested and thin-hipped ... are women with more curves more fertile?
- 8. Is it OK to diet while trying to get pregnant? Is it safe to cut out carbs?
- 9. My period isn't late yet, but I really feel like I'm pregnant. Am I crazy? How early can I do a home pregnancy test?
- 10. If I get my period regularly does that mean I'm ovulating and fertile?
- 11. My periods are usually very regular, but the last one was late. Could that mean I was pregnant and miscarried?
4. Is there a sex position that’s best for conceiving?
Good news here—whatever floats your boat works just fine. Most experts agree that any position that deposits sperm next to the cervix is effective. Some women worry that if they are on top, sperm will leak out immediately. Semen is very thick when it is ejaculated and liquefies with time. This keeps it next to the cervix long enough for the sperm to forge ahead. However, director of Georgetown University's Institute for Reproductive Health, Dr. Victoria Jennings, MD, points out there is a common belief that missionary position is best. "There is not actual evidence for this, but it certainly can't hurt." Different positions do not influence the sex of the baby.