Choosing the Right Lubricant for Conception: What You Need to Know

Posted by Riannon Page on

When it comes to conception, many couples turn to lubricants to enhance comfort and pleasure during intercourse. However, not all lubricants are created equal, and some may contain ingredients that can harm sperm or disrupt the balance of the vaginal environment.

Understanding the Impact of Lubricants on Fertility

While lubricants can improve sexual comfort and enjoyment, certain ingredients commonly found in lubricants can negatively affect sperm motility and viability. These ingredients include glycerin, parabens, propylene glycol, and nonoxynol-9, which can all interfere with sperm function and reduce the chances of conception.

Choosing Fertility-Friendly Lubricants

When selecting a lubricant for use when trying to conceive, it's essential to opt for products specifically formulated to support semen pH. A lot of lubricants can actually adversely affect sperm motility.

Look for lubricants that are:

  • pH-Balanced: Choose lubricants that are pH-balanced to support the sperm. Vaginal fluid is acidic with a pH ranging from 3.5-4.2 to prevent disease-causing bacteria and fungi from growing. This keeps the vagina healthy, however it is not an ideal environment for sperm. Semen is slightly alkaline with a pH of 7.2-8, which helps to nourish and protect the sperm in the acidic environment of the vagina. Having an optimal pH level in semen is important to keep sperm cells healthy and mobile. If semen acidity is abnormal it will reduce fertility! So when choosing a lubricant for fertility you actually want a product that matches the pH of semen rather than the vagina!
  • Free of Harmful Ingredients: Avoid lubricants that contain glycerin, parabens, fragrances, or other potentially harmful additives. Instead, opt for products with minimal ingredients and no known spermicidal agents.
  • Avoid using oil-based products like coconut oil, baby oil and olive oils as these will reduce sperm mobility.

Healthy Lubricant Options for Fertility

Fortunately, there are a few fertility friendly lubricants available. Our favourite brands are:

While no lubricants improve fertility, some can reduce sperm motility. Be sure to read ingredient labels carefully and select products that are pH-balanced, water-based, and free of harmful additives for the best results!

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