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Fertility Lubricant

What is a fertility lubricant?

A fertility lubricant is lubricant that can be used to help both of you conceive. Whether you have just started trying for a baby or have been trying for a while, a fertility lubricant can be used to maximise your chances of conception.

For her- use a fertility lubricant to alleviate vaginal dryness

Many women will experience vaginal dryness when trying for a baby. The added pressure of trying to conceive can make this problem worse. As a result, intercourse can become painful and unenjoyable which can affect your sex life, relationship and increase your stress levels. A fertility lubricant can be used to relieve vaginal dryness, increase the comfort of intimate sexual activity and maximise your chances of getting pregnant, making the whole process much more enjoyable.

For him- use a fertility lubricant to improve sperm survival and motility

A fertility lubricant will provide additional moisture to the vagina creating an easier journey for sperm to swim up to the cervix and reach an egg. In addition, a fertility lubricant can improve sperm survival and motility to maximise your chances of getting pregnant.

How does a fertility lubricant work?

A lot of lubricants on the market have now been shown to be harmful to human sperm (1) and can have a negative impact on the fertilisation process, hence common or everyday lubricants should be avoided when trying for a baby. Just because a lubricant does not contain a spermicide or is water soluble does not mean that it is safe for sperm. Some lubricants can damage sperm because they are not of the right pH or are not isotonic, which means they can dehydrate sperm and stop them from swimming properly. They may also contain ingredients that are toxic to sperm, such as glycerol.

How to use a fertility lubricant

A fertility lubricant can be used every time you have intercourse and want to add moisture and lubrication. Simply insert into the vagina prior to intercourse. Some fertility lubricants come with an easy to use intra-vaginal applicator to make it even easier.

1. Tagatz GE, Okagake T, Sciarra JJ. The effect of vaginal lubricants on sperm motility and viability in vitro. Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. 1972; 113:88

Last updated 22.08.2017