Is KY Jelly Sperm Friendly?

Is KY Jelly Sperm Friendly?

For many couples who are trying to conceive, lubricants are second nature. Many couples turn to lubricants to help make sex more comfortable, and sometimes, lubricants are even recommended by doctors. But, are all lubricants created equal, and are they all safe to use while trying to conceive? Today we’ll try to clear up all of the lubricant facts and myths out there. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

All lubricants are safe

This is a MYTH! For couples who are trying to conceive, many over the counter lubricants including the most popular one, KY Jelly, are not safe for couples who are trying to conceive. This is because lubricants can damage sperm! Studies looked at several different lubricants that are popular, including KY Jelly, Astroglide, and Replens, and found that these over the counter lubricants damaged sperm motility and in some cases killed the sperm altogether.

No lubricants are safe

This one is also a MYTH! While it is true that several lubricants have been known to damage sperm in various studies, this does not mean that all lubricants are unsafe. There is a special lubricant, known as PreSeed, did not cause any damage to sperm. It is actually called the “fertility friendly lubricant”. In all of the studies that were done, PreSeed caused the least amount of damage to sperm, really close to no damage at all, so it was definitely the recommended lubricant to use if you are trying to conceive.

Doctors sometimes recommend unsafe lubricants

This is TRUE! While most doctors are now up to date with the latest studies and know not to recommend KY, Astroglide or other over the counter lubricants to women undergoing fertility treatments, some doctors are still recommending these to their patients, and in an essence, killing all of their hard work, by telling patients to use something that is going to kill sperm!

When women are going through fertility treatments, they often have problems with their egg white cervical mucus and lubricants are needed, so it is common for them to be recommended. Be careful of what your doctor might be recommending for you.

Household goods can be lubricants

This one is kind of true, and kind of a myth. Many people, on a mission to find a sperm safe lubricant before PreSeed came about, resorted to using household goods as lubricants. Some use raw egg whites, which can be a viable, although messy, alternative.

However, this could be a disaster if you have an egg allergy, and there is always the risk of salmonella. Other couples use canola oil or regular baby oil as an alternative lubricant, and for many, this is a good option.

There is always the chance of vaginal infection or irritation however. You should not use saliva as the only vaginal lubricant, since this can cause problems with sperm as well, due to the acidity.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).