Lubricant Can Kill Your Chances to Conceive - This Natural Option Might Shock You
What Natural Lube Is Safe For Sperm?
So I want to be honest with you. I want to dose coconut oil on my husband's Wild Hog. Why? Because I *believe* in coconut oil and happen to slather it on everything (hair, skin, in the dog's food...great vitamin E, good for skin, natural anti-microbial from the lauric acid). I assume it's a decent natural lubricant, and I'm privy to the fact that other lubes can kill the swimmers. Did you know that?! You need to know that, immediately! But is coconut oil, or any other oils okay to use? Read on fine conception warrior...
THE BOTTOM LINE
Water-based lubricants (like Astroglide, K-Y Jelly, and Touch) are comparable to spermicide, and were outed in a 2014 medical study as major fertility party fouls.* Why? They're like the McDonalds of lube, packed with harsh chemicals (sperm killers). They also compromise the natural pH levels in your vagina and screw with your vital cervical mucus (which is the slick super highway for the sperm to reach the egg).** We at B&B do not let anyone Eff with our very-precious cervical mucus. Unless your name is husband and it's peak time, then Eff away!
Another baby making pitfall? Spit. Saliva contains bacteria which can alter the pH levels of the vagina and potentially harm sperm.** I know, right? It's been his life-long lube-fall-back and you are about to take that away!
So what fertility-safe friction fighters are hiding in your pantry for when times get rough? Coconut oil for starters, mahalo very much. Signed off on by doctors*** and pontificated by Gwyneth Paltrow (then again, what isn't), coconut oil has not engendered any criticism from the medical community for its coital lubricant properties. Canola and baby oils work as well, but drum-roll please, the winner is mustard seed oil.
The above mentioned 2014 study revealed the shall we say, electrifying results produced when sperm came into contact with a mustard oil. Persistent hyper-activation of the incubated sperm surfaced in each sample with no decrease in motility, if other words, mustard seed oil seems to make sperm super-swimmers. More research is needed to verify if these Dijon-dipped swimmers stay fast all the way to home-base, but as far as safety is concerned, you're free to give it a go. In both Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, mustard seed oil has been used for centuries. Fun Fact: In Shakespeare's Macbeth when they are using eye of newt in the cauldron, it is, in fact, mustard seed.
Oil up warriors, it's go time!
* Sandhu R, Wong T, Kling C, Chohan K. In vitro effects of coital lubricants and synthetic and natural oils on sperm motility. Fertility & Sterility [serial online]. April 2014;101(4):941-944. Available from: Academic Search Complete, Ipswich, MA. Accessed February 23, 2017.
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