When you and your partner are trying to conceive a baby, the things that you might do in order to help that process along are kind of ridiculous. Eat more pineapple. Abstain from coffee and alcohol. Do bicycle kicks after doing it in order to help the sperm move along those fallopian tubes.
While some of those things should be done for good reason, there’s one long-used trick for getting pregnant that almost all of us have heard before and probably used: lying down for a few minutes post-coitus, in order to settle everything down and give the sperm a chance to find its mark.
As it turns out, that old wives’s tale is actually just that — a tale.
Despite some of us being told by our doctors (for real!) that certain positions and laying down after sex would increase our chances of conceiving, a new study from the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam has proved otherwise.
In order to conduct their tests, the study team took a look at 479 women who were receiving an IUI treatment (when washed sperm are injected past the woman’s cervix during her two most fertile days). Half of the women were asked to wait for 15 minutes after the procedure while the other half were asked to get up and move around afterwards. In total, nearly 2,000 IUI cycles were performed.
In the end, 32 per cent of those cycles that had bed rest resulted in pregnancy compared to 40 per cent of those who were told to walk around afterwards. The findings were presented this week at the the European Society of Human Reproduction and Endocrinology annual meeting in Helsinki, Finland.
So what does that mean? Whether you lay down or walk around after doing it with your partner, it shouldn’t affect your pregnancy outcomes either way. When you think about it, it makes sense given the fact that sperm can live inside a woman’s uterus for days afterwards.
We say, if you are trying, keep having fun with it and do whatever feels right for you. That can include cuddling up with your partner afterwards or dancing around naked and having a pillow fight over who gets the wet spot.
Either way, science says it won’t affect your chances of conceiving.
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