2 years

Does lubricant affect the quality of sperms and birth defect

Hi, i just read an article online on the effect of lubricant to pregnancy. I am trying to conceive and we did use the ky jelly as lubricant. Will it affect the pregnany?

Dr Ramzdhan,

2 years

Thank you for your query.

Based on the statement above, we understand that you want to know whether KY jelly can cause birth defect and effect the sperm in anyway. We will try to help you.

For your information, KY jelly is a water-based and sold under category of lubricant, not spermicide. Therefore, it does not effectively kill sperm or act as a viable contraceptive method. Besides that, some research do suggest it reduces sperm motility and causes DNA damaged in sperm. This might lower the chances of getting pregnant by a little. However, there are still no definitive results or statistic that the use of KY jelly lead to birth defects in pregnancy.

Other safe lubricants alternative for pregnancy are:

  • Pre-seed
  • ConcievePlus

For more information, we suggests that you talk with our doctors via online consultations. Hope this answers your question.
Thank you.

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