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10 Common Myths About Getting Pregnant

        Health | Conception

Women Must Orgasm to Get Pregnant

While this myth is certainly not without merit, the female orgasm is biologically unnecessary for conception to occur.

But that's not to say it can't help with the fertilization process.

A study done by British biologists in the 1990s found that women retained more seminal fluid when they had an orgasm anywhere from a minute to 45 minutes after a man's ejaculation during copulation. Their theory is that the muscular contractions that accompany a female orgasm have an "upsuck" action that helps pull sperm from the vagina toward the cervix, which gives the swimmers an increased likelihood of reaching an egg [source: Psychology Today].

So it seems that for women, the big O can definitely help lead to a little bundle of joy.