Trying to fall pregnant can be quite an anxious time for a couple. The good news is, there are several things you can do to assist the process. For example, tracking your cycle and ensuring you have sexual intercourse during your fertile period is essential. It’s also important to check that both of you are in good health and that your cycle is regular.

In addition to the above, you can actually try different positions for intercourse that aid in the natural process.

Health checks

If you are struggling to fall pregnant, you should consult a doctor. They will test a variety of elements in both you and your partner. They will look at hormone levels, blood work and the physical state of your bodies, in particular your sexual organs and reproductive systems.

Once you’ve both been checked, your doctor can advise you on the best way forward. Medication or procedures may be necessary, and the doctor will tell you about your options in detail.

Different sexual positions can help you fall pregnant quicker

That’s right, the position in which you have sexual intercourse can actually have an impact on whether or not you conceive.

The first thing to look at though is the position of the uterus. There are two main positons: anteflexed (leaning towards the front of the body, over the bladder) and anteverted (leaning towards the back of the body, more upright). The position of your uterus will impact which type of position works best for you in order to help you get pregnant.

If your uterus is anteflexed, positions where you are on your back with your partner on top of you are better. This is because your position will cause the uterus to fall back and open up the cervix, making it easier for the sperm to enter. The missionary position is still considered to be the best option for falling pregnant because it allows for deep penetration and most women have an anteflexed uterus.

If you have an anteverted uterus, then it’s best for you to be facing forward so that the uterus falls towards the front of your body and the cervix opens up. Positions where your partner enters you from behind or where you are on top work well. “Doggie style” is considered the best option as it allows for deep penetration just like the missionary position, but is better suited to women with an anteverted uterus.

The importance of the female orgasm

The female orgasm may not be essential for conception, but it can actually help a lot. When you orgasm, your cervix and uterus contract. These movements can draw the sperm up into your body and help it to reach the egg. This is why it’s a good idea to try out your favorite positions too. You can also use a clitoral orgasm to aid in conception once your partner has ejaculated into the vagina.

How to discover the position of your uterus

The best way to find out about the position of your uterus is to have an ultrasound. Your doctor can look at the structure in detail and let you know exactly which way it is lying.

It’s also important to note that your uterus can change position depending on where you are in your cycle. This is why it’s important to have the scan done in your fertile period as this is when you will conceive.

Foreplay and vaginal lubrication

As with the female orgasm, these two elements of sexual intercourse aren’t strictly necessary for conception. You can fall pregnant through a “quickie” if you are in your fertile period. However, ensuring you are properly lubricated can assist with the process if you are having trouble falling pregnant.

Good foreplay will not only put you both in the mood and lead to good orgasms, it will also help with the creation of vaginal lubrication. This then aids the transportation of sperm through the cervix and uterus. So make sure you light a few candles, play the right music and have a little fun with your partner.

Remember, if you notice a spike in your libido, this could be a clear sign that you are in your fertile period. Listen to your body and it will tell you what you need to know.

Readers’ questions:

Are there any foods that can help me to get pregnant faster?

There are certain foods that can increase your fertility and help you to ovulate regularly. These include yams, sweet potatoes, corn, chickpeas, tuna and fruits such as apples, pears and plums.

Does alcohol reduce fertility?

Yes, it absolutely does for both men and women. For women, alcohol can compromise hormone production, impede ovulation and interfere with the state of your eggs. For men, it can impact both the quantity and quality of his sperm.

Are there medications that can increase fertility?

Women can take medications called ovulation inducers. These must be prescribed to you by your doctor after they have done a thorough examination and determined that this type of medication is the best option for you.