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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?
2. Should I try to stop the sperm from leaking out after sex? For how long?
After ejaculation, the fluid that carries sperm liquefies and most of it runs out. Your body can't use and doesn't need that fluid, so it's has to run out at some point. You may be worried that you're losing valuable sperm, but according to Dr. Michael Bohrer, MD, endocrinologist with Reproductive Medical Associates of New Jersey and former director of the IVF program at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, "The vagina naturally slopes backwards and the majority of ejaculate will be retained."
Sperm are speedy and can make their way to the Fallopian tubes within five to 10 minutes of ejaculation. Many experts recommend lying on your back with a pillow under your hips for about 15 to 20 minutes after intercourse. The consensus is that it can't hurt and may help. But forget standing on your head—that won't do anything other than make you dizzy.