There are any number of things that can affect your chances of conception. While we often think about medical problems, such as a man having a low sperm count or the woman having a problem with her ovaries, the fact of the matter is that there are some relatively mundane things that can affect your chances of conception. Even something seemingly as innocuous as the use of personal lubricants can affect your chances of conception.
Personal lubricants can be toxic to sperm. In addition, personal lubricants can affect your chances of conception by interfering with the cervical mucus. Cervical mucus generally serves to provide the sperm with protection against the acidic environment of the vagina. When a couple uses personal lubricants, those personal lubricants can affect their chances of conception by preventing the sperm from getting to the cervical mucus.
The ideal lubricant for the couple who is trying to conceive is the woman’s own secretions. In many cases, a sufficient amount of foreplay (sometimes as much as 15 to 20 minutes) will produce enough lubrication. In other cases, where a woman just tends to be rather dry in general, more help might be needed. There are personal lubricants such as “Pre-Seed” lubricant that are designed specifically not to interfere with the couple’s chances of conception. Pre-Seed lubricant is designed to function in much the way that the cervical mucus does, helping the sperm travel through the acidic environment of the vagina up the reproductive canal where it can fertilize an egg.
If you are having troubles trying to conceive, you may consider speaking with your health care provider. There are any number of things that you can do to affect your chances of conception beyond avoiding personal lubricants.
Pre-Seed External Lubricant - 2.5 oz