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Lie Back, No Need to Think: Insemination Aided by Position

by Maia Szalavitz,  TIME magazine,  Nov 2, 2009
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The (possibly apocryphal) advice given to Victorian women who weren't fond of sex to “lie back and think of England,” may actually be useful to increase the odds of conception, at least following intra-uterine insemination (IUI).

A new study found that 27% of women who were advised to lie still for 15 minutes after insemination became pregnant and had a successful birth—compared to just 18% of those who were told to get up and move around immediately after the procedure.

The study—which looked at 391 women who were randomized to either lie down or get up immediately afterwards—was published in the most recent edition of the British Medical Journal. During the IUI procedure, the woman lies on her back while sperm is introduced through the cervix into the womb. It typically takes only a few minutes and usually involves no more discomfort than a pap smear. Read more.


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