If you’re trying to get pregnant you’ll be keen to know how you can boost your chances.
There’s always been various theories floating around about which position is best for conception – but are they just old wives’ tales?
BabyCentre has looked into what experts have recommended based on scientific journal studies.
Researchers used scanners to show what is going on in two positions: missionary and doggy style.
Common sense already tells us that your chances of conception are maximised by deeper penetration, as it allows the sperm to get into the cervix.
The scans confirmed that the tip of the penis reaches the cervix in both of these positions – and doggy is the deepest.
A team from CMC Beau Soleil in France took MRIs of couples in the missionary position, which discovered it allows the penis to reach the area at the front of the cervix.
They also found that the rear entry position allows a man to reach the area at the back of the cervix.
The chances of conceiving are maximised by deeper penetration – and missionary and doggy style are the best (stock photo)
VITAMIN BOOSTS CHANCES OF CONCEPTION
Taking vitamin D supplements could help women conceive, research suggests.
Experts at Birmingham University found women undergoing fertility treatment were 33 per cent more likely to have a baby if their vitamin D levels were healthy.
They said the findings may explain why people tend to find it easier to conceive in the summer, when vitamin D levels are boosted by the sun’s rays.
The NHS already recommends women who are pregnant or trying to conceive take daily vitamin D supplements for the sake of the development of their baby.
But the new findings, published in the Human Reproduction journal, suggests it also might help them conceive in the first place.