SOURCE: INGfertility


November 16, 2010 08:00 ET

"Not Spermicidal" Lubricants Can Harm Sperm -- Only Pre~Seed Fertility Lubricant Was Nontoxic in Independent Study

SPOKANE, WA--(Marketwire - November 16, 2010) - A new independent study from the Foundation for Andrology, Biology and Endocrinology of Reproduction in Switzerland found Pre~Seed® to be the only "nonspermicidal" lubricant tested which was actually nontoxic to sperm (Vargas et al., Fertil Steril. 2010 Oct 25. [Epub ahead of print]).

Of critical note in this study, the leading "nonspermicidal" ultrasound gel was toxic to sperm on contact, suggesting these products should be avoided during fertility procedures. The authors conclude, "Labeling of gels as 'nonspermicidal' does not ensure that a product will not impair sperm function. Even low concentrations ( < 10%) of gels in this study were toxic to sperm... Among the gels evaluated, only Pre~Seed did not show any sperm toxicity, making it the most appropriate lubricant choice for women who are trying to conceive or for use during clinical procedures..."

Previously published lubricant studies have reported that common personal lubricants can harm sperm and should be avoided when trying to conceive. In spite of these studies, "Many physicians and lay people assume that if a lubricant is labeled as 'not spermicidal' it is safe to use when you want to become pregnant," says GD Clifton, CEO, INGfertility® (maker of Pre~Seed). Clifton states that this assumption is incorrect, "The new Vargas study shows that 'nonspermicidal' lubricants, other than Pre~Seed, harm sperm even at very low concentrations. We are excited to gain this additional independent verification of the safety of Pre~Seed for use in fertility patients and ordinary trying-to-conceive couples."

Pre~Seed fertility lubricant is currently the only product allowed to claim that it is "safe to use when trying to conceive," based in part on extensive testing requirements for each lot sold. The product can be purchased at CVS/pharmacy® stores, independent pharmacies, and through online retailers. 

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