Conception: Separating Fact From Myth

At the point when a couple is trying to conceive (TTC), it's probable they think they have a good, basic understanding of the birds and the bees and how to make a baby. So they try to ignore those nagging questions they have about the process of reproduction for fear of sounding silly. Still, the questions remain somewhere in the recesses of your mind and you wonder if having the answers to those questions might just help you get pregnant.

You've come to the right place for information. This article attempts to address the most common of these often unvoiced questions about getting pregnant. It is our hope that the answers we provide will help you toward your goal of conceiving a child!

Tenacious Sperm

Most women want to know about sex positions. Is there a sex position that is better for encouraging conception? The simple answer is "no." It doesn't matter a darned bit what position you choose. Those sperm are very tenacious and they're going to get where they're going no matter what you do. Their only goal is to swim hard toward your egg and the starting point doesn't much matter.

That said, the missionary position does jockey the just-ejaculated sperm into an optimal position for conception: at your cervix, Ma'am. So, maybe the man on top position does give the sperm a bit of a boost but woman on top shouldn't make much of a difference.

It's true you'll feel that semen is leaking out of you, but the sperm are still wending their way to your cervix. The leakage is due to the fact that semen is somewhat thick at ejaculation, and then begins to liquefy. By the time you feel leakage, however, the sperm are well on their way to the egg.

Body Type

On to the next question: Are large-breasted women more fertile? A study conducted by Randy Morris, M.D., of the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Chicago where he is an associate clinical professor of reproductive endocrinology revealed that large-breasted, small-waisted women have higher estrogen and progesterone levels at the time of menstruation. However, no one has taken the trouble to check out their pregnancy rates to see if they fall pregnant faster than flat-chested women with no hips. At any rate, there's not much you can do about your body-type, but you can improve your fertility by taking care of yourself with good nutrition, proper lifestyle habits, and regular exercise.

If you have trouble reaching a climax, you might wonder whether an orgasm might help you conceive. There are some scientists who believe that the contractions experienced during an orgasm can help waft the sperm up to the cervix, but no one has ever studied whether women who have orgasms have better conception rates than those who do not. In other words, it may help you get pregnant if you have an orgasm, but probably won't stop you from conceiving if you don't.