If you have been trying to conceive for some time, you most likely suffer from mild paranoia as well and double-guess everything. Such as being worried when you notice that your partner’s sperm leaks out of you when you stand up after having sex and you desperately hope that this does not negatively affect your chances of conceiving.
The good news is that that leakage, or even going to the bathroom right after sex, does not dampen your chances at all. In fact, Planned Parenthood explains that once the sperm has entered your body, there is virtually nothing that you can do to try and get the sperm out again. Those spermies are there to stay!
You can still certainly become pregnant, even if it feels like ‘everything’ is coming out afterwards. This is because the strongest and fastest sperm will have stayed behind, as they will be well on their way to fertilize the egg by the time you stand up or go to the bathroom after having sex. Do not be disheartened; keep in mind that you only need one very strong and quick sperm to fertilize your egg. This means that even if most of the sperm does leak out of you, there are still hundreds, if not thousands, of sperm still swimming around inside you.
If you are still worried, there are steps that you can take that will help as much sperm as possible stay in your body. Such tips include:
- After sex, place a couple of pillows under your hips to elevate them. This technique utilizes gravity to help those little swimmers swim faster to reach the egg. If the egg is ready and waiting, then fertilization is bound to occur.
- Snuggle with your partner for a few minutes after sex. According to WebMD lying in bed for 10 to 15 minutes after intercourse, or before going to the bathroom, can help provide ample time for the sperm to reach the cervix.
- If you know that you are in your fertile phase and are ovulating, or at least close to ovulating, then do try to have intercourse as much as possible.
- There are certain positions that you can try that may be more beneficial to couples trying to conceive, such as missionary or rear-entry. These positions help to ensure that the sperm is deposited as close to the egg as possible so that it does not have too far to swim.
Just remember, only one good sperm is needed, so it is perfectly OK if some leak out after having sex. Try to relax and enjoy this special time with your partner.