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2. What can be done to make sexual intercourse more pleasurable for both parties?

Female sexual dysfunction affects up to 40% of reproductive age women. These difficulties may occur at different stages of sexual intimacy (e.g., desire, arousal, orgasm) or due to pain experienced.

This may translate into actions such as not wanting to engage in sex, not being able to maintain an erection or have one, problems with ejaculation (either too early or too late), or tight vaginal muscles resulting in difficulty to have intercourse. These issues are more common in couples with fertility problems. If you have any difficulties or pain during sexual intercourse, do consult your doctor for further evaluation.

3. Are certain positions deemed "more effective" than others for conceiving? 

There is currently no evidence to suggest that sexual position, orgasms, or prolonged rest after intercourse can boost likelihood of pregnancy. Ejaculated sperm will reach the fallopian tubes within minutes regardless of these practices.

4. Do the use of lubricants increase or decrease the chances of conceiving?

Lubricants can be used when some help is needed to reduce friction. Most commonly found are water-based lubricants but these lubricants may affect the movement or survival of the sperm.

Thus, try to avoid these lubricants if possible. Instead, you can try hydroxyethylcellulose-based lubricants - existing research shows that this is a fertility-friendly lubricant.

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6. When should I book my first antenatal visit?


Ref: J22