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Best Lubricants to use When Trying to get Pregnant

All vaginal products are not created equal! This is my first rule of thumb. Supplements such as vitamins for example are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but surprisingly, personal lubricants are! They are classified as a medical device and in the same grouping as powered wheelchairs - isn't that interesting?

lube, a blob of gel

Photo by Jill Burrow

So first and foremost, I recommend any lubricant you use, check the labeling to ensure FDA clearance. Why this is important is that the FDA supported lubricants are extensively tested for safety including the proper osmolality for the vagina. This term, as you might remember from high school science class back in the day, basically means that if your lubricant has the same level of osmolality as the vagina, then you decrease vaginal dryness and infections. This is important for not only vaginal safety but ensures the lubrication won't hinder your partners sperm. The lubricants that are cleared for safe use are also tested for texture and pH which are also equally important.

Only a few personal lubricants have been granted the honor of being labeled as "fertility friendly." To be clear, this classification does not mean that the product will increase your chances of pregnancy, but means that it should not hinder pregnancy chances by damaging sperm or messing with your vagina. Some best lubricants that made the cut on this list are:

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PreSeed lubricant for conceiving
$20.49 at Target

Conceive Plus fertility lubricant
$20.99 at Amazon

JO actively trying lubricant
$15.48 at Amazon

Pre-Seed, Conceive plus and JO actively trying.

Other things to look for in the ingredient list for a fertility friendly lube is that it doesn't contain glycerin, silicone or parabens, as these ingredients can hinder and damage sperm. Another important aspect to mention is that simply because a product states it's organic or natural does not mean it is safe for trying to conceive or that it won't irritate the vagina as many natural ingredients can actually cause genital irritation.

If trying a fertility friendly lubricant is something that interests you then I recommend choosing one or two of the FDA approved products and trying them out. And if you are unsure of the right product for you or you tend to be a more sensitive person when it comes to the vaginal area, talk to your doctor to see what they recommend.

DISCLAIMER: Features published by Adaaba are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. Always seek the advice of your GP or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health-related programme.

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