best sex positions for couples trying to conceive

9 Best Sex Positions For Couples Trying To Conceive

Working hard is one thing, but you’ve got to work smart too. And that applies to procreative sex. 

From the best sex positions to avoid sperm leakage (because the more the better in the vagina) to the best positions to conceive, this one’s for all the TTC folks out there. 

Keep scrolling to find out sex positions matter when you’re trying to get pregnant, and what else can you do to take charge of your fertility journey. 

Disclaimer: The information provided in this post is not intended as medical advice. 


Why do sex positions matter? 

Trying to conceive doesn’t have to be all work and no play, though. Remember, the aim for baby making sex is simply for semen to get as close as possible to the opening of the cervix. 

This just means that deeper penetration is required. Could you really say no to boosting your chances of conceiving while getting more satisfaction out of the process? 

If your answer is a resounding ‘no’, then you’ve come to the right article. You might be intimately familiar with some of these, while others will be worthy additions to the night’s setlist. 


1. Missionary

You can’t go wrong with this tried-and-tested position. It’s even named appropriately, given the mission that you and your partner are on.

Gravity is working in your favor here, helping semen flow more easily into the vaginal tract. Additionally, ladies can use pillows to adjust the angle of their lower body and make the overall experience more comfortable. 

Definitely one of the best positions to conceive! 


2. Doggy-Style

Another common position and one that you’re probably familiar with.

It’s less physically taxing for men as they don’t have to constantly avoid putting too much pressure on their partner’s body by controlling their core and triceps.

Angle your partner’s body downwards to ensure maximum semen retention and optimal semen flow after the deed is done.


3. Rear Entry

It’ll be tough for ladies to reject this position because of how comfortable it is. All she needs to do is lie flat on her stomach and position a pillow below her for maximum comfort. 

The man then enters from behind, akin to doggy-style. Deeper penetration is guaranteed, with a study in 2011 even using an MRI machine to prove it.


4. Glowing Triangle

glowing triangle sex position when trying to conceive

This is a variation on the missionary position that will literally bring you and your partner closer together — and one of the best sexual positions for conceiving a baby

The lady will wrap her legs around her partner’s hips or waist while he is on all fours with legs extended out. 

This helps achieve even deeper penetration than the standard missionary position and hopefully, leave both of you glowing once all’s said and done. 


5. Spooning

Sadly, the man isn’t allowed to get in touch with his feminine side and play the role of the small spoon here. 

There’s deep penetration for sure because both bodies are stuck together while rubbing up against each other, but you’ll need to time your ejaculation. 

And if there’s a large height difference between both parties, get comfortable before getting down and dirty to make it one of the best positions to conceive for you and your partner.


6. Magic Mountain

magic mountain sex position when trying to conceive

This isn’t that amusement park ride, although it’s just as enjoyable, if not more so. 

The ‘mountain’ here would be a sizable stack of cushions or pillows on the bed or floor. The lady then lies over it face first while her partner enters her from behind. 

It’s similar to doggy-style and rear entry, but even more comfortable due to the soft ‘mountain’ that she lies on. 


7. Legs On Shoulders

The humble missionary position gets yet another variation. 

If you’ve seen the meme where Christian Bale is flexing his biceps in American Psycho, you’d know how to get into this position. Otherwise, have your partner hook her legs on your shoulders while in the missionary position. 

Voila, you have achieved Legs On Shoulders! (Psst, it’s one of the best sex positions to avoid semen leakage 😉)


8. The Kneeling Fox

kneeling fox sex position when trying to conceive

It’s time for another variation on the doggy-style position. 

For people with a penis, you just need to get on both knees. The lady will then position herself in front of him while on her knees and arms. 

This is less strenuous than doggy-style while maintaining the same depth of penetration, but be wary of numbness in your feet and legs after a while.


9. You and your partner’s favorite position

It goes without saying that you and your partner are intimately familiar with each other’s intimates, but having sex on schedule can still be a bit awkward. 

When all else fails, you can always rely on your favorite position. The depth of penetration doesn’t really matter here, as long as both of you get going. You can always change your sex position after all. 


What you should avoid

Naturally, sex positions that don’t involve the penis penetrating the vagina must be avoided, such as 69. Recall that your goal is to deposit semen as close as possible to the cervix’s opening. 

Additionally, avoid sex positions that are too physically demanding for either party. This kills the mood and may result in the one who ejaculates not being able to maintain his erection.

If you and your partner are in the mood to experiment, ensure that the both of you have the energy levels to match. You know what they say about the willing mind and weak flesh. 

Similarly, avoid sex positions that are confusing for either party. Fussing over an extensive set of instructions while in your birthday suit doesn’t exactly make for a party.

If you and your partner would like to be extra careful, avoid positions where gravity works against you. This includes the cowgirl position and its reverse variant, having sex while standing, and more. 

Fortunately, sperm are strong, with studies showing that they can be found at the fallopian tubes within 15 minutes of being deposited at the cervix.

That said, if you’re looking to have a child as soon as possible, it’s alright to do anything (within reason) to maximize your chances of conceiving. 

twoplus Partner Up Kit for home insemination

If you’re concerned about semen retention, give the twoplus Partner Up Kit a shot. It consists of:  

  • The Sperm Guide, which is an at-home conception aid to help retain semen near the cervix so more sperm can reach the egg. 
  • CoQ10 with Vitamin B1, which is an antioxidant-rich supplement that addresses the body’s age-related decline in coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) production. If you haven’t heard, CoQ10 helps to maintain healthy sperm motility and egg quality. 


To give yourself the best chances of pregnancy success, you might also want to steer clear of: 

  • Non-fertility-friendly lubricants: ICYDK, not all lubes are created equal. For couples trying to conceive, you’ll want to avoid vaginal lubricants that aren’t classified as “sperm-safe” or “fertility-friendly.” Read our detailed guide on Fertility-Friendly Lubricants
  • Douching: You’ve probably already heard of the disadvantages of douching — but if you haven’t, this is your sign to stop as your vagina is capable of cleaning itself. Douching not only upsets your vaginal flora but also reduces your fertility levels. One study even found that “women who douched were 30% less likely to become pregnant each month they attempted pregnancy.” 

What else can I do to boost my chances of conceiving?

In a nutshell, both you and your partner will benefit from staying physically and mentally healthy. 

Maintaining an optimal weight range helps ensure that you stay fertile and does wonders for your confidence too. You and your partner can work together to achieve this through a combination of exercise and watching what you eat.

Speaking about your diet, you might want to consider supplementing your meals with Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). This is an antioxidant that benefits women greatly but is only found naturally in low concentrations. Studies have discovered that CoQ10 supplementation protects the ovarian reserve.

Men should consider taking CoQ10 supplement too, because this enzyme has a beneficial effect on sperm motility

twoplus CoQ10 gummies protect ovarian reserve sperm motility

One quick and convenient source would be twoplus’ CoQ10 Gummies. Each capsule is packed with 100mg of CoQ10, 300mcg of vitamin B12, and 100mg of goji berry extract.  There’s also the added benefit of saving some space in the pantry, as you and your partner will be taking the same supplement 👫 

Lastly, both parties will benefit from keeping alcohol consumption to a minimum and cutting out tobacco use altogether. 

Regarding the latter, smoking negatively impacts the fertility of men and women. To be precise, women experience an accelerated loss in reproductive function and possibly early menopause (by 1 to 4 years).

For men who smoke, sperm function does decrease but the exact dosage that causes a significant impact is yet to be determined. In any case, stubbing out for good does wonders for your overall health, along with your fertility. 


In closing

best sex positions to conceive by twoplus Fertility

"As a Relationship Counselor and Clinical Sexologist, I believe it's important to recognize that while exploring different positions to enhance conception is valuable, addressing the emotional and psychological aspects of intimacy is equally crucial during this journey. As a professional in this field, I am committed to providing guidance and support to couples, helping them navigate both the physical and emotional dimensions of trying to conceive. Together, we can ensure a holistic approach to fertility and sexual well-being." 
– Dr. Martha Tara Lee is the Relationship Counselor and Clinical Sexologist of Eros Coaching. She has a Doctorate in Human Sexuality, a Master's in Counselling and two other relevant degrees. Dr. Lee is also the appointed Resident Sexologist of Singapore Cancer Society, OfNoah and OfZoey. She is also the author of 4 books, including Love, Sex and Everything In-Between (2013) and Orgasmic Yoga: Masturbation, Meditation and Everything In-Between (2015). 
Learn more about Eros Coaching here

The top sex positions that boost the chances of conceiving all share two common traits. 

They ensure that penetration is as deep as possible and minimize semen leakage because of how the person who ovulates is positioned. 

Yes, the jury is still out on whether sex positions have a significant impact on conceiving, but you’ve got nothing to lose by trying any of these sex positions tonight ❤️‍🔥 

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