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Q&A: Effects of Lubricants on Getting Pregnant?

Can lubricant hurt my chances of getting pregnant? Is any kind okay to use?
ByThe Bump Editors
Updated
May 16, 2017
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Yes and yes. Even on its own, vaginal secretion is an acidic sperm killer that repels healthy  sperm before it can enter the cervix. Store-bought lubricant only slows the sperm further, leaving it more likely to die within the vagina, before reaching the egg.

Need an alternative? Try Pre~Seed, a new lubricant that’s advertised as “fertility friendly,” and doesn’t seem to harm sperm. Or, try a home remedy. Some couples find water or even egg whites works as a non-toxic lubricant. There’s also the old-fashioned option — save your money, step up the  foreplay and let nature do the rest.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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