Sperm friendly lubricants are important when you're trying to conceive. Regular lubricants, like Astroglide and KY Jelly, have been shown in research to inhibit sperm movement, cause DNA damage, and even kill sperm. Using common lubricants probably won't keep you from getting pregnant, but they can lower your chances for success.
So what can you use? Here are some sperm friendly lubricant options. All of the following lubricants passed laboratory testing and were deemed sperm friendly.
Pre~Seed (aka PreSeed)
Pre~Seed was invented by Dr. Joanna Ellington, a scientist whose research has focused on sperm physiology. Pre~Seed is the most popular sperm friendly lubricant on the market, and as far as I am aware, is the only one that has been included in independent research studies.
Beside using Pre~Seed for sexual intercourse, Pre~Seed can be used to help men who need to produce a semen sample for semen analysis, IVF, or IUI cycles. Pre~Seed also sells a kit that comes with a specialized fertility friendly condom, for those that prefer to collect the sample via sexual intercourse.
You can purchase Pre~Seed in a tube, along with applicators. (Ideally, the product should be applied with the applicator, near the cervix.) It is also available in a multi-use tube without applicators.
Yes Baby is a fertility friendly lubricant developed in the U.K. What's unique about Yes Baby is that it's certified organic by the U.K.'s Soil Association.
According to marketing information on the website, Yes Baby also takes into account what's best for vaginal health, along with sperm health. The lubricant package comes with two different formulas, one that is sperm friendly for use during the fertile window, and one that is vagina friendly, to help restore vaginal ph after ovulation.
That said, it's expensive. A Yes Baby twin pack costs $27.99 at their website, and comes with seven sperm friendly applicators (for during the fertile window), three vagina friendly applications (for after ovulation), and five ovulation tests (so you can be sure to use the sperm friendly applicators at the right time.) This is only enough for one month's use.
Conceive Plus is a sperm friendly lubricant developed and sold by Sasmar. According to the website, Conceive Plus is the only lubricant that includes calcium and magnesium ions, which supposedly will help keep sperm cells healthy.
Conceive Plus is available in a multi-use tube or as individual applicators. The individual applicators are on the expensive side, costing about $12.99 for three pre-filled applicators or $21.99 for eight applicators. That's just one month's worth of lubricant. The multi-use tube is a more economical buy.
- Compare Prices: Conceive Plus Sperm Fertility Lubricant With 8 Pre-filled Applicators
- Compare Prices: Conceive Plus Fertility Lubricant Multi-Use Tube
- Conceive Plus Company Website
ConceivEase is another sperm friendly lubricant, developed by Dr. William Kutteh, a reproductive endocrinologist. According to the website, ConceivEase lubricant can be used without an applicator, making it easier to use.
ConceivEase is also relatively inexpensive for a sperm friendly lubricant, costing just $15 for three multi-use containers.
Zestica Fertility is a sperm friendly lubricant created in the U.K. Zestica contains hyaluronic acid (HA), which supposedly helps with maintaining moisture and keeping sperm cells healthy in the otherwise acidic vaginal environment. Zestica was developed by Burdica, a U.K. biotech company.
Zestica Fertility is available in pre-filled applicators, or in an interesting spray application bottle. The "rotate and spray" applicator can be used for up to 50 applications.
Zestica seems to only be available overseas and at online pharmacies. You can find a list of online stores that sell the product on the company's website.