Fertility Friendly Lubricants
All lubricants are not the same, and it is essential to see what works for your body. There are three “levels” of lubricants: those that kill sperm, those that inhibit sperm’s motility, and those that don’t affect motility at all. It can be uncomfortable to talk about using lubricants with your partner or even doctor. Still, there really shouldn’t be any shame in using anything extra to help with your fertility. Beginning to debunk the stigma, and that begins in the bedroom, be sure to talk with your partner to see what you both feel comfortable with and what you are willing to explore.
When to Use Lubricants
There can be many different reasons to incorporate lubricants into your fertility journey with your partner. Anyone can use lubricants, and for any reason and especially if you are going are experiencing hormonal changes throughout your fertility treatments, this might be the perfect time to explore different lubricants.
“Intercourse without lubricant can be painful and damage the vaginal lining. Your body may produce less lubricant as a result of hormonal changes, menopause, aging, or medication. That’s usually where artificial lubricant comes in.” –Healthline Article
Different Types of Lubricants
There are different types of lubricants. There are water-based, silicone-based, oil-based, natural-based, and CBD based lubricants. All of these different lubricants have mixed success rates for each person and their body chemistry. Talk to your doctor or test some out to see which one makes the most sense for you and your partner. Even if you’re trying to conceive, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort and intimacy with your partner.
Are all Lubricants Safe for Sperm?
Spermicides: Spermicides are used as an additional contraceptive to kill sperm before they can reach the cervix and make their way to the fallopian tube to fertilize an egg.
Spermastastic: Spermastastic will not necessarily kill the sperm, but they paralyze the sperm, rendering them unable to reach the egg to fertilize it and achieve pregnancy.
Sperm Safe Lubricant: the only one to choose from when using lubricant while trying to conceive is a lubricant that is non-harmful to sperm. The FDA deems these “fertility-friendly” lubricants safe for eggs, sperm, and embryos.
The lubricant most recommended by our physician is Pre-Seed, which imitates natural cervical fluids to support sperm through the cervix to the fallopian tube.