About one in six South African couples of reproductive age experience difficulty in falling pregnant, with fertility problems affecting both men and women equally.
The causes of infertility include retrograde ejaculation, impotence, hormone deficiency, environmental pollutants, scarring from STDs or decreased sperm count (in males). In women, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, ovulation dysfunction or fibroids are common causes, according to the Infertility Awareness Association of SA (http://www.ifaasa.co.za/infertility-facts-statistics/).
Research indicates that most popular lubricants also have a negative effect on sperm motility, the fertilization process and the chances of conception. Treatments for infertility include surgery on fallopian tubes, hormone treatment, sperm insemination and in vitro fertilization (IVF)¹.
Now, a new, sperm friendly lubricant has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a lubricant for couples trying to conceive naturally and is available in SA. Conceive Plus® is the only lubricant to contain both calcium and magnesium ions, essential for cell viability and fertilization².
The gentle formulation of Conceive Plus® also matches fertile cervical fluid and semen to create a conception-friendly environment. Conceive Plus® is compatible with sperm, oocytes (immature female reproductive cells) and
embryos. It is isotonic and has a pH range compatible with human sperm survival and migration. The lubricant helps enhance the ease and comfort of intimate sexual activity and supplement the body’s natural lubrication (www.conceiveplus.com).
According to widely quoted US physician on women’s health issues, Dr Sharon Orrange from the USC/Keck School of Medicine in Southern California, most common lubricants can limit sperm motility and sperm integrity “so we advise women who are trying to get pregnant to stay away from them. Conceive Plus will be the first lubricant that does not harm the process of fertilization.” (http://www.dailystrength.org/health_blogs/dr-orrange/article/conceive-plus-a-new-sperm-friendly-lubricant-if-youre-trying-to-get-pregnant ).
Conceive Plus is distributed by Litha Pharma and available at local pharmacies and online at www.getpregnant.co.za. Click here: http://www.getpregnant.co.za/products/product-category/conceive-plus-fertility-lubricant-3-single-applicators/