Sperm friendly lubricants are important when you’re trying to conceive. Using common lubricants probably won’t keep you from getting pregnant, but they can lower your chances for success. Regular lubricants have been shown in research to inhibit sperm movement, cause DNA damage, and even kill sperm.
Many couples who are facing infertility need to use lubricants. One reason, the stress of having sexual intercourse on a “schedule” can lower sexual desire, which in turn can lead to a woman’s body producing less natural lubricant. Also, some fertility drugs can interfere with natural lubrication. For example, a known side effect of Clomid is vaginal dryness. This can make it more difficult to get pregnant. Some causes of infertility can also mean less fertile quality cervical mucus.
So, what can you use? Here are some sperm friendly lubricant options. All of the following lubricants passed laboratory testing and were deemed sperm friendly.
Conceive Plus is FDA approved for trying to conceive couples. The lubricant has been found to be safe for sperm, oocytes, and embryos, making Conceive Plus safe to use in fertility testing and treatment.
Developed and sold by Sasmar, Conceive Plus is the only lubricant that includes calcium and magnesium ions, which helps keep sperm cells healthy.
Conceive Plus is available in a multi-use tube or as individual applicators. The individual applicators are on the expensive side, costing about $15 for three pre-filled applicators or about $23 for eight applicators. The multi-use tube is a more economical buy.
- Conceive Plus Company Website
Pre-Seed (aka PreSeed)
Pre-Seed was invented by Dr. Joanna Ellington, a scientist whose research has focused on sperm physiology. Pre-Seed has been shown to be fertility friendly in a number of independent research studies.
Like Conceive Plus, Pre-Seed can be used during fertility testing, to help men who need to produce a semen sample for semen analysis, IVF, or IUI cycles.
You can purchase Pre-Seed in a tube, along with applicators. Ideally, the product should be applied with the applicator, near the cervix. It is also available in a multi-use tube without applicators.
- Pre-Seed from First Response
Yes Baby is a fertility friendly lubricant developed in the U.K. What’s unique about Yes Baby is that it’s certified organic by the U.K.’s Soil Association.
According to marketing information on the website, Yes Baby also takes into account what’s best for vaginal health, along with sperm health. The lubricant package comes with two different formulas, one that is sperm friendly for use during the fertile window, and one that is vagina friendly, to help restore vaginal ph after ovulation.
That said, it’s expensive. A Yes Baby twin pack costs $26.99 at their website, and comes with seven sperm friendly applicators (for during the fertile window), three vagina friendly applications (for after ovulation), and five ovulation tests (so you can be sure to use the sperm friendly applicators at the right time.) This is only enough for one month’s use.
- Yes Baby Company Website
Can Fertility-Friendly Lubricants Help You Get Pregnant?
Using fertility-friendly lubricants have been shown in a lab environment to not damage sperm or inhibit movement. But can the lubricants help you get pregnant? That’s highly unlikely.
Some marketing materials and many online reviews may have you thinking that using these lubricants won’t only help you conceive—but maybe even help treat fertility problems. There is no evidence couples using sperm-friendly lubricants will get pregnant faster, and also no reason to believe they will help a couple get pregnant who had been struggling to conceive.
In a case of cervical-related infertility or male infertility, evaluation and treatment of a fertility doctor is needed.
Canola Oil and Baby Oil
If specialty made fertility lubricants are out of your budget, you may want to consider baby oil or canola oil. Research has found them to be trying to conceive friendly. For ease of use, you can put the oil into a travel size shampoo bottle and leave it by your bedside.
However, while these oils seem to be sperm friendly, they have not been shown to be safe for use in fertility testing and treatment. This means you shouldn’t use them if you’re producing a sample for a semen analysis, IUI, or IVF treatment.
Remember, too, that products like baby oil may contain additional ingredients—like fragrance—which may be irritating. The baby oil you purchase may be very different from the baby oil found to be trying-to-conceive-friendly in the research.
Your Own Natural Lubricants: Cervical Mucus
As mentioned above, some couples have problems with vaginal dryness when trying to conceive or going through fertility treatments. They are lacking the very best lubricant there is: fertile cervical mucus.
However, not every woman trying to conceive has a problem with vaginal dryness. But it is possible to create a problem unintentionally. Vaginal cleansers (like douches) can wash away the best lubricant and sperm-friendly option you have.
There’s no reason to use vaginal cleansers; your vagina cleans itself. If you notice a pungent odor or are considered about your vaginal health, talk to your doctor. You may have an infection. In that case, douching won’t make it better. It may make it worse.
If you’re trying to conceive, don’t try to “wash out” your vagina. Leave those natural secretions alone, and you’ll be more likely to get pregnant.