Quick Tip: Which Lubricants are Safe When Trying to Get Pregnant

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Olive oil is a bad idea

Did you know that olive oil is one of the worst lubricants to use when you’re trying to get pregnant?⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

I’m sure it does a good job “lubricating” but it’s pretty terrible if you’re trying to get your guys’ swimmers up the Fallopian tubes!⁣⁣⁣⁣ That’s because olive oil negatively affects sperm motility. This means that sperm won’t be able to move around freely and get where they need to be going.⁣⁣

Another terrible lubricant is saliva! It has the same negative effect on sperm and should be avoided just as much as the typical drug store lubricants when you’re TTC.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣


Fertility Friendly TTC Lubricants

Traditional lubricants (like K-Y) jelly are a no good when it comes to trying to get pregnant, sperm has a terrible time trying to get to its destination and it will actively lower your odds of conception.

The difference between your traditional lubricants and fertility-friendly lubricants is that the traditional ones are water-based, while the fertility-friendly ones are “hydroxyethylcellulose”-based. It may sound scary, but brands like Pre-Seed are actually well-researched and considered safe (no this is not a sponsored post!)⁣⁣⁣⁣.⁣⁣

Now keep in mind, there is no evidence that fertility-friendly lubes actually help you get pregnant faster, but studies have shown that they at least do not interfere with sperm motility. And that is very important!⁣⁣

Rather go with a natural lubricant? Canola oil and baby oil are good options. Both don’t seem to influence sperm concentration or motility either!⁣⁣⁣


Anderson, L., S. E. Lewis, and N. McClure. 1998. Human Reproduction 13 (12): 3351–56.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Kutteh, W. H., C. H. Chao, J. O. Ritter, and W. Byrd. 1996. International Journal of Fertility and Menopausal Studies 41 (4): 400–404.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
Sandhu, Ranjit S., Timothy H. Wong, Crystal A. Kling, and Kazim R. Chohan. 2014. Fertility and Sterility 101 (4): 941–44.⁣

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