The process of making a baby is rigorous and complex. Especially since there are so many factors involved in reproduction. When couples start to experience difficulty conceiving, they are likely bombarded with a slew of concerns: Are we infertile? Do we need a conception aid? Do we need to track ovulation or get testing? Where do we start? But there may be one critical question they’re not asking while trying to get pregnant. Are we using the right kind of lubricant?
Lubrication 101: Why You Need It - And How It Affects Conception
It may not come as a shock to you that when a woman becomes sexually aroused before intercourse, her vagina produces its own lubrication. This makes penetration possible and pleasurable. However, not every woman has the ability to to produce enough of this natural lube to invite pain-free penetration. This is why personal lubricants have long been a staple in the sex lives of many couples. In fact, in a 2013 study, 9 out of 10 women expressed that sex was more comfortable and enjoyable when they used lubrication.
Unfortunately, the sorts of lube used to enhance a couple’s sex life are not conducive to conception. These personal products found in the drug store often contain a pH balance and consistency that does not support conception. They can actually prevent sperm from effectively swimming through the cervix towards the woman’s egg. Some of these lubes even contain hormones or anesthetics, which are not particularly good for a woman’s vagina in general.
Types Of Lubricants
Rest assured that there are many different lubrication options that will effectively increase a couple’s sexual enjoyment, that don't affect fertility. Here are a few lubricants to start with.
- Store Bought.While it’s true that the majority of off-the-shelf lubricants are unsafe for conception purposes, there are a handful of products designed specifically to be sperm-safe. Pre-Seed is one such product, as is Yes Baby. Both of these market themselves as “fertility-friendly,” and are not harmful to a woman’s vagina or to a man’s semen.
- Oil. It might sound slightly nutty, but natural oils like canola, almond, olive, or coconut oil all make excellent lubricants. Each of these are easily and naturally absorbed by the body, and are all safe on sperm. None of these are likely to cause infection, but coconut oil in particular has antifungal properties in case you’re concerned.
- Homemade Recipes. If you want to get really fancy, you can concoct your own personal lube using all natural and easy-to-come-by ingredients. To get started, check out this recipe for Sensual Chocolate Love Balm or this recipe with Aloe Vera and Flaxseed oil.
As you can see, there are definitely several alternatives to the lubricants that might be contributing to your fertility issues. One final piece of advice on the matter: whichever route you and your partner decide to take with your lubricant of choice, try to have a little fun along the way!
The information on this blog is meant to be general in nature. If you have any concerns about your own health, you should always consult with a physician or other healthcare professional.