Debunking fertility myths
Can saliva kill sperm cells?
If a man has a normal sperm count, saliva will have no impact on its motility. Some studies have indicated that large quantities of saliva may impair sperm motility, especially in men with a reduced sperm count.
Most fertility specialists will be able to provide you with sexual practice guidelines if you and your partner are struggling to conceive. You can try avoiding oral sex if it is assessed that there is any reason this may be impacting your ability to conceive.
If not saliva, can the use of lubricants kill sperm?
Some lubricants can indeed affect the sperm’s ability to reach the cervical mucus of a woman and ultimately fertilise an egg. Your fertility specialist or health care provider can advise on a fertility-friendly lubricant, but may also encourage more time on foreplay which increases a woman’s production of more natural lubrication.
Is the missionary position the only way to get pregnant?
Yes, this has been researched, but no studies can conclusively prove that one sexual position is more effective than another. Any position can result in pregnancy. Some positions (deeper penetration) may assist sperm a little better in getting to where it needs to be easier and quicker though. If in doubt, you shouldn’t feel shy about talking to your doctor or specialist about what you can try to help the baby-making process along.
Do you need to have sex all the time in order to conceive?
It is true that abstaining from sex for lengthy periods can decrease the quality of sperm cells. Similarly, more frequent sexual activity can impair sperm counts. Once a day or once every other day will suffice, especially during a woman’s most fertile period during her cycle (usually five days before ovulation and the day of ovulation).
Must a woman keep her hips elevated for 20 to 30 minutes after having sex to improve her chances of falling pregnant?
No, sperm cells typically reach a woman’s fallopian tubes within minutes of ejaculation. A single ejaculate can contain hundreds of millions of sperm cells. A woman will not need to change her body movements following sex in order to improve her chances.