If you’re trying to get pregnant, the first step is to figure out your fertile window (the time of month when you’re most fertile). The second step is to have sex. Having sex with the intention of getting pregnant is pretty much the same as having sex for the fun of it, except for a few minor tweaks.

Here’s the Lowdown on “Trying to Get Pregnant” Sex…

1. There’s No Optimal Time of Day to Have Sex.

2. There’s No Ideal Sex Position Either.

 It does, however, help to lie on your back after sex (for 10-15 minutes).

Why? Because this position allows the sperm to pool in your vagina, giving them a leg up in the race to the egg.

FYI: The supine (lying on the back) position is what’s important, not keeping your legs up in the air (unless you’re working on strengthening your core at the same time).

3. Don’t Use Lubes.

Why Not? Because they can change the pH balance in the vagina and slow the sperm down.

4. Avoid Oral Sex Before Intercourse.

Why? Because the saliva from oral sex can confuse the sperm and make them sluggish. Who Knew?!

5. Turn Up the Sexual Heat in the Bedroom But Avoid Frying the Sperm.

Studies show that prolonged excessive heat can slow down sperm production. Therefore, encourage your partner to protect the family jewels by taking a breather from heating pads, hot tubs, electric blankets, and saunas. He should refrain from putting a laptop on his lap as well (it’s ok to use one on a desk, though).

Common Question: Should My Partner Wear Boxers or Briefs?

Answer: Researchers say underwear choice doesn’t matter in terms of sperm production.

6. Relax and Have Fun.

Remember this is sex, not a science experiment. If fertilization doesn’t occur this cycle, you’ll have your period and can try again the next cycle.

Double Take: PMS symptoms and pregnancy symptoms can mimic each other (think: spotting, cramping, bloating, and mood swings). This is where a pregnancy test comes in handy.

When Can I Take a Pregnancy Test? Pregnancy tests will typically show a positive result 2 weeks after fertilization has occurred. This is around the time of your expected period (and about 4 weeks after the first day of your last period).

The Bottom Line

Find your fertile window and have sex. And remember, you’re most likely to get pregnant on the day of ovulation OR during the 5 days leading up to it.