20% of women who are trying to conceive use a lubricant each month. While no lubricant can increase your chances of becoming pregnant, some lubricants can harm sperm and impede their movement.
Sperm-friendly lubricants closely mimic a woman’s natural lubrication during fertile times and sexual arousal. They have a higher pH and lower osmolality than you find in most water-based formulas. They feel similar to egg whites. And some have additional ingredients to support sperm health.
There are only a few lubricants that are approved by the FDA as fertility-friendly and you can see the list here.
Osmolality describes how concentrated a water-based lubricant is. Because highly concentrated lubes can cause irritation, promote infection, and impact fertility, we think osmolality is one of the most important things to know about your water-based lubricant. Here’s how to find safer, low-osmolality formulas.
pH plays a vital role in the health of every major body system. If you have a vagina (or care about someone who does) here are some things to know about the pH of water-based lubricants and how it may impact vaginal health & fertility.