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Are all the artificial lubricants not sperm friendly??

By February 17, 2011 - 9:57am
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i am planning to try for baby from this month.i was used to use artificial lubricant.nowadays i am trying do without lubricant .but my vagina is so dry(i am30 yrs old).without lubricant it looks like totally impossible.

Is the all artificial lubricant not sperm friendly?can u tell me any lubricant name which is sperm friendly?? otherwise what to do?plz help me.

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Thanks a lot for your cooperation.

February 20, 2011 - 10:40pm

Thanks a lot.

Yes i did.last month i asked doctor about my vaginal dryness.the doctor told me that may be i have hormone problem.

Actually last couple of day i did not use any lubricant.but it hurt me a lot and it look like without lubricant it is impossible.this is the first month , i am trying for conceive.i don't know that we have any fertility problem.anyway..
as per your discussion i understand that i can use any personal lubricant which one don't contain spermicide because of mine vaginal dryness.

am i right?? can u tell me some name of lubricant which do not contain spermicide.

February 17, 2011 - 1:39pm
(reply to sonia00)

The lubricants such as Astroglide do not contain spermicide; you just need to read the box and it will clearly be marked with "spermicide" if it contains this ingredient.

Please know that there is conflicting information; the above poster provided some good information (even though they are selling a product) as there is evidence that personal lubricants can effect sperm mobility. This is not a problem for some couples; for other couples it is.

If you are worried about lubricant's negative side effects while trying to conceive, you may choose to check out the product listed above, or check out Pre-Seed.

I will continue to find more research articles on this subject, as there still seems to be conflicting information, and will post what I find.

February 20, 2011 - 3:08pm

There is conflicting information regarding personal lubrication, and I wanted to explain what the research says.

Yes, vaginal lubricants may effect sperm motility, but they are still considered "sperm-friendly" in that they do not contain spermicide. Effecting sperm motility by some vaginal lubricants seems as though it is only a negative factor in couples unable to conceive, and other factors may play more of a role (low sperm count, etc).

Even more importantly, do you know why you have vaginal dryness? Have you talked with your doctor about this, as you may want to rule out other reasons for this symptom before trying to conceive.

February 17, 2011 - 11:49am
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Unfortunately Alison, your comments are misleading.
It is incorrect to say that lubricants which do not contain a spermicide are safe for sperm... or are "sperm friendly". There are a number of ingredients used in commercially sold lubricants that kill or harm sperm apart from spermicide (which is hardly used in lubricants anymore). The formulations of personal lubricant (including K-Y) have pH and osmolarity levels that hinder sperm movement.

There are a number of speciality designed personal lubricants that do not harm motility or viability of human sperm and they should be considered by couples who are trying to conceive.

Conceive Plus is a fertility lubricant that has clinical studies published by the American Society For Reproductive Medicine. http://conceiveplus.com The product is made by a lubricant company that supplies the United Nations - so they know how to make lubricants and are trusted!

February 18, 2011 - 4:07am

I just read your other post, and we ask that you do not post the same question twice (so that other women may receive answers to questions as well). Here is the other conversation going on; I understand why you are asking about Pre-Seed.


I am not aware of Pre-Seed, but their advertising website does claim that they are "sperm friendly".

Vaginal lubricants that do not contain spermicides do not kill sperm. If you or your husband are having fertility problems, vaginal lubricants may hinder some sperm, but the theory is that these sperm would not have been strong enough for the "journey" anyways. Unless a man has been diagnosed with a low-sperm count or other fertility condition, vaginal lubricants that do not contain spermicide have been shown safe and effective during conception.

You do not need to use lubrication in order to become pregnant; my understanding of your question is that you were electing to use personal lubricant due to vaginal dryness.

February 17, 2011 - 11:44am

what about Pre-Seed lubricant?
is this lubricant okay?
i am confused that i have to use lubricant externally or internally to get pregnant.
before i was used to use lubricant externally.

February 17, 2011 - 10:46am

Any over-the-counter lubricant you buy without spermicide would be sperm friendly! KY-Jelly, Astroglide...just to name a few!

Good luck!

February 17, 2011 - 10:12am
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Actually, this is NOT correct....

A number of clinical studies have shown that commercially available lubricants are spermicidal (harmful to human sperm) (see reference below). Such personal lubricants harm sperm viability and/or motility, thereby decreasing or eliminating the chances of conception and, thus, pregnancy.

Selected Scientific References:
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.

taken from fertility lubricant website: http://www.conceiveplus.com/about_conceive_plus.php

February 18, 2011 - 4:13am
(reply to Alison Beaver)

thanks a lot.

February 17, 2011 - 10:40am
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