pre-seed the fertility-friendly lubricant
pre-seed is marketed as the leading fertility-friendly lubricant currently available. Described as ‘sperm-friendly’ this lubricant is formulated to help couples trying to conceive. Unlike the other lubricants, pre-seed does not create a barrier preventing sperm from travelling through the cervix to fertilise the egg.
The purpose of using pre-seed is to replenish the natural moisture within the vaginal and cervix while also optimising the environment for sperm. This can then help to facilitate conception. The product is formulated to mimic the natural mucus secretions to alleviate vaginal dryness.
The lubricant has the same pH as semen. This helps to protect sperm from oxidative stress. In addition to supporting conception, this lubricant can make intercourse more pleasurable.
How can vaginal dryness negatively affect fertility?
Natural vaginal lubrication is provided by fluid produced in the cervix. This serves to protect the sperm as travels through the reproductive tract towards the egg. If the body naturally does not produce a lot of cervical mucus during ovulation it can lead to vaginal dryness. This makes it harder for sperm to facilitate fertilisation.
Timing of intercourse is essential when trying to fall pregnant. In practice this means sex must take place frequently around ovulation. Having to schedule sex can take away the spontaneity and enjoyment.
This ‘pressure’ to conceive can also cause vaginal dryness, making sex uncomfortable for both parties[1. “Ellington J, Daugherty Short. (2003). Prevalence of vaginal dryness in trying-to-conceive couples. Fertility and Sterility. Volume 79, Issue 2, (pp. 21–22).”]. This can lead to increased stress which has a negative impact on fertility.
One way to help support fertility and remedy vaginal dryness is through lubricants.
Why do you need to choose lubricants carefully?
Studies have shown that frequently used vaginal lubricants to adversely affect sperm motility in vitro. Research has found that commonly used over-the-counter lubricants such as KY Jelly, Replens, and Astroglide to negatively affect sperm motility in a range of concentrations [2. “Agarwal A, et.al (2008). Effect of vaginal lubricants on sperm motility and chromatin integrity: a prospective comparative study. Fertility and Sterility. Volume 89, (pp. 375–379).”], [3. Frishman G, et.al (1992). Evaluation of Astroglide, a new vaginal lubricant: effects of length of exposure and concentration on sperm motility. Fertility and Sterility. Volume 58, (pp. 630-2).”], [4. “Anderson L, et.al. (1998). The effects of coital lubricants on sperm motility in vitro. Human Reproduction. Volume 13, (pp. 3351–3356).”], [5. Goldenberg R. and White R. (1975). The effect of vaginal lubricants on sperm motility in vitro. Fertility and Sterility. Volume 26, (pp. 872–3.”].
In one study, sperm became immotile after being exposed to these lubricants for 15 minutes[6. “[Kutteh, W. et.al. (1996). Vaginal lubricants for the infertile couple: effect on sperm activity. International Journal of Menopausal Studies. Volume 41, (pp. 400–4.)”].
Sperm requires an environment with a narrow range of osmolality, tonicity, and pH, plus the presence of specific electrolytes. Optimal conditions for sperm health and migration through the cervix requires an isotonic solution and a pH range between 7.0 to 8.5. Lubricants that disrupt these parameters negatively impact conception opportunities.
Conversely, fertility lubricants such as pre-seed will relieve vaginal dryness and are formulated to help protect sperm and assist motility to improve the chances of falling pregnant.
Low sperm count and lubricants
Fertility lubricants may also help to improve fertilisation where the male partner has a low sperm count. The ingredients are formulated to create a more favourable environment to reduce barriers to sperm motility. This may help to increase the chances of sperm reaching and fertilising the egg, even if sperm count is low.
Key Points about pre-seed
- No spermicide (glycerine-free)
- Antioxidant formula
- Designed to mimic natural secretions
- Applicators provide full coverage of the vagina and cervix
- Recommended by fertility experts
- Developed by a female doctor
- Widely used in fertility clinics
Is it worth using pre-seed?
When it comes to conceiving there are many factors which influence whether or not you fall pregnant and the speed of conception. A good diet, plenty of sleep, and regular exercise are all important factors. Ideally you should use all the positive resources available to you to prepare the body for pregnancy.
If you have been trying to conceive and still not falling pregnant, there should be no harm in using Pre-Seed. This lubricant is formulated as another ‘tool’ to help conception.
However, it is always important to consult your medical practitioner prior to trying products like Pre-Seed. This will help to rule out any potential adverse reactions and ensure that it is suitable for your situation.