If you and your hubby are trying to get pregnant, you don't need us to tell you that everything about baby-making sex is different. While you'd like it to be all fireworks and gotta-have-you moments, it's often more timed, planned and precise than you thought it'd be. And the sheer amount of times you're supposed to, ahem, do it in the fertile window can leave you feeling, well, not so happy down there.
But hold off before you reach for that tried and tested bottle of lube. Standard lubricants from your local pharmacy can be full of ingredients that actually fight your guy's swimmers, which can make getting pregnant even harder than it can already be. It's important to pick a sperm-friendly lubricant that'll be supportive of your new mission: having a baby. Lubricants meant for baby-making help with sperm viability and motility by encouraging them swim to your uterus. You want to opt for this kind of lubricant to make it better—and easier—for both of you. When you're scanning the labels, you'll see a lot of words about "PH balance" and "osmolality." This simply means that when you're trying to get pregnant, your PH levels need to be balanced for conception, and some lubes fight those levels, while others, like the ones below, support it.
So if you're wondering which lubricants are a safe bet, look no further. We've dug up the best sperm-friendly lube on the market, so you and hubs can do what you gotta do.
Sliquid Oceanics Natural Lube
This trusted brand is organic and it doesn't contain glycerin, which can damage sperm. It's also water-based, which doesn't interfere with the sperm's path to the cervix and is toxic-free, and blended with body-beneficial natural seaweed extracts to help those swimmers make it where they're going.
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This lube is considered one of the firsts in the family of trying-to-conceive lubricants. It has adjusted pH levels with compatible osmolality, or what it takes to make sure his and your fluids mix together, and a consistency similar to your body's cervical mucus. In words you can use over brunch with your friends? It matches what's going on naturally in your body—and in his—so you don't have to worry, and instead, just have sex.
$12, drug stores
Pre-Seed Fertility-Friendly Lubricant
Invented by a woman sperm physiologist (yes, really!), Pre-Seed mimics fertile cervical mucus in its pH, ion concentration and consistency. It allows your guy's sperm to swim freely, and make their way to your eggs. This lube also comes with applicators that'll help you place it near your cervix, where it works best.
$22, drug stores
Yes Baby Sperm-Friendly Lubricant
More than a lube, Yes Baby is a system for couples to follow who want to have a child. While it offers a similar formula to the other brands, this one addresses both sperm and vaginal health, guarantees all-natural ingredients through its Soil Association Organic Certification, and includes ovulation predictor kits.
$27 for a complete pack, yesyesyes.org
Samsar Conceive Plus
For you and your guy, this lube is not only compatible with the swimmers, oocytes—or the egg cells involved in reproduction—and embryo development, but it's pH-balanced and contains calcium and magnesium ions. These minerals are important because they not only help you actually get pregnant, but stay healthy throughout your term. Calcium in the fluid surrounding your baby is important, and when you're making a baby, the calcium within in the fluids in your vagina help his swimmers swim. Crazy right?
From $14, usa.sasmar.com