Using Sperm-Friendly Lube to Increase Chances of Getting Pregnancy
If you’re trying to conceive, you need to be using sperm-friendly lube. See how your lube could be stopping you and your partner from getting pregnant.
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Unless you’re one of the 30% of couples who conceive within the first month of trying, chances are baby making is becoming a bind.
As the saying goes, “the honeymoon is over” and now your most intimate experiences are becoming far more planned and precise than ever before. You’ve tried every trick in the book to increase sperm count and you’ve got everything timed down to the minute. Still, there’s no pitter-patter of tiny feet.
Take heart, the answer to your problems could be in the palm of your hand – in the form of sperm-friendly lube.
5 Fatal lube mistakes
Timing is everything when it comes to conceiving, but when you’re on the clock, there’s nothing like a little lubricant to get things running smoothly.
This could be where you are going wrong. Avoid the following types of lubrication if you are trying to conceive:
- The water, silicone, and oil-based lube that you pick up off the drugstore shelf may be slaughtering your sperm. The chemicals found in these make it difficult for sperm to swim and could kill them before they reach the Holy Grail.
- Oil-based lubes can also irritate the lining of the vagina, causing an infection and low chance of conception.
- Good old saliva does the trick and is safe for your swimmers unless you’re not in peak condition. Bacteria in your mouth could kill your sperm and cause yeast infections for her. Also, if you have an active cold sore (herpes simplex virus type 1), you could transfer the herpes virus to your partner.
- Shower products are meant to stay on the outside of your body and can cause infection and irritation for both partners.
- Do we need to tell you that cooling lotions, like Icy Hot, are a bad idea? Think – ‘I’m on fire! ‘.
Sperm-friendly lube to the rescue
Take heart though, there are is a range of lubricants specifically designed for the aspiring parent.
These are designed to help sperm reach their goal quickly and effectively by encouraging them to swim in the uterus. They are also PH balanced to keep conditions optimal for avoiding irritation and help your swimmers to survive the trip.
During ovulation, the woman’s body adjusts its PH to between 7 and 10 to help sperm along. Check the label before you buy a so-called sperm-friendly lube to make sure it is within this range. All lubricants which inhibit pregnancy must state so on the label according to the FDA. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you are unsure.
While there can be a number of other reasons why you haven’t conceived yet, using a sperm-friendly lube eliminates one obstacle.
Alternatively, you could try a natural substance, like one of the following:
- Canola Oil or baby oil – both harmless
- Coconut Oil – has anti-fungal properties
- Egg white – is similar to the consistency of the cervix during ovulation
All of these are easily absorbed by the body, unlikely to cause any infection, and harmless to sperm.
What’s the difference?
Studies are not much help on the topic of which lubricant to use for trying-to-conceive couples. The results are all over the place. Some couples conceive while using spermicidal lube and others don’t fall pregnant even though they are doing everything right.
Looks like nature will have its way with this one. Keep trying, and your efforts will be rewarded when the time is right – stop trying so hard, and you might get the same result.
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