Lie still for pregnancy success

Research shows moving around after artificial insemination may prevent conception


Lying down after artificial insemination could boost your chances of getting pregnant, new research suggests.


Researchers in Amsterdam looked at 390 women undergoing intrauterine insemination – the placing of sperm in the womb during ovulation, which is the main fertility treatment offered to couples before they go on to try IVF.

They found 27% of women who lay down for just 15 minutes after being artificial inseminated went onto conceive, compared to just 17% who got up straightaway and moved around.

The team suggest that lying down after the procedure prevents leakage of sperm.


In the UK, 12% of women under 35 who have the procedure become pregnant with the first cycle, a success rate that increases with repeat attempts.

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