If you are trying to conceive and vaginal dryness is a problem, beware: lubricants and fertility do not always mix. Some lubricants can be toxic to sperm and also interfere with the role cervical mucus plays in conception. However, not all lubricants are created equal. In fact, some lubricants can even aid in implantation for couples looking to conceive if they’re used just right. So if you’re serious about having a child, consider enlisting the help of some sperm friendly lubricant.
Why Opt for Sperm Friendly Lubricant or Fertility Lubricant?
(Note: Despite their interference with fertility, vaginal lubricants are not recognized as effective methods of birth control.)
A study released in 2008 tested four vaginal lubricants and found that one of the four, which is marketed as a “fertile-friendly personal lubricant,” or sperm friendly lubricant, did not prevent sperm from reaching cervical mucus. Cervical mucus is a woman’s natural way to protect sperm and facilitate conception. The other three lubricants slowed down the sperm’s motility and viability, making it impossible to make the journey to the egg.
However, if fertility is a serious problem, talk to your doctor first. He or she may highlight a more serious problem in you or your partner’s inability to aid in the conception process.
What to Look for in a Sperm Friendly Lubricant
Look for lubricants that are formulated with ingredients that won’t damage sperm. Pre-Seed, Conceive Plus, and ConceivEase are three brands that are marketed toward couples who are trying to conceive. You can go all natural in your bid to prevent sperm destruction. Natural lubricants include warm water and, of course, lots of foreplay that gets the woman excited and stimulates lubrication.