It seems that if you are in the US then you don’t really have much in the way of choice if you want to use a fertility lubricant. Pre-seed is the foremost one and in fact the only one available on Amazon (be careful not to click on the ones for animals are there are some on there!).
Pre-seed is obviously good and a market leader but it is not cheap. When you are trying to get pregnant it seems that everything is rather expensive and the costs can add up quickly.
One way of not having to spend money on fertility lubricants is to increase your own fertile cervical mucus. There are a few ways of doing this, for example taking Evening Primrose Oil in the first half of your cycle, Drinking lots of water in the period leading up to ovulation, drinking grapefruit juice in the same time period or using a supplement like fertile CM (again adding more cost).
Although soft cups can be used without any extra lubricant, many people want to combine using them with also using a lubricant, to maximise their chances. So it seems a bit of a shame that there is not much in the way of competition in the fertility lubricant market. Perhaps someone will come up with something else soon.
When trying to conceive, women are investigating all types of things that can give them a better chance of achieving that longed for pregnancy. One of the things that should increase their chances is taking the right supplements. There are a number of vitamins and natural supplements around that have been shown to help with fertility and some that are more hearsay and trial and error.
Maca root is one natural product that has been generally used to increase libido in men and women as well as help women with symptoms of menopause. However, it has also now been shown in trials to improve levels of FSH in rats when taken over a longer period of time (3-6 months).
FSH levels are tested in women to see the level of follicle stimulating hormone that is present usually on day 3 in their cycle. The higher the level, the less chance of pregnancy and the closer to menopause a woman is deemed to be. However, there have been success stories with women getting pregnant with levels of 25 and above.
The research has shown that taking maca root can decrease the FSH levels which may then mean a better chance of conceiving.
Check out the Maca Root website for more information on the benefits of taking maca.
When using soft cups for the purpose of trying to get pregnant, many people also use a fertility friendly lubricant to give the sperm a better chance. In order to survive our body produces cervical mucus which can help to carry the sperm on it’s path but if for some reason we do not produce enough cervical mucus there are a couple of products out there that can help.
You must note however, that you should not use traditional standard lubricants for this purpose as mist of them (including baby oil and saliva) will actually kill the sperm and so will do more harm than good.
The two main fertility lubricants that you can get are Preseed and Conceive Plus. These have been created so that they have the correct pH and will help the sperm rather than hindering them. They are not that cheap but can be a good buy.
Conceive Plus Fertility Lubricant Pre-filled Applicators for Couples Trying-to-conceive Naturally Pre-Seed Personal Lubricant
You can use these lubricants as they are directed and then, when you are going to insert the soft cup after sex, you can add a squirt of the lubricant into the soft cup before inserting it.
This is a question that we hear people asking quite a lot, particularly on the pregnancy forums. Because the news gets around that people are using soft cups and getting pregnant (whether this helps or is just a coincidence), many ladies ask, how do you use soft cups for ttc?
Well you can find full details on hoe to use soft cups to help you get pregnant on the page dedicated to that. In fact this site mostly focuses on that particular use of soft cups as this has become quite common recently.
Check out the full article.
So we have been recommended a book that deals with the issue of unexplained infertility. It proposes that some of the problem could be of a psychological nature and might be able to be overcome by using methods such as hypnotherapy and acupuncture. The book is called ‘The Mind-Body Fertility Connection’ by James Schwartz.
There has been a lot of anecdotal evidence that acupuncture in particular can help with infertility, especially when the problem cannot be diagnosed.
The book gives examples of women who conceived after these kinds of treatments, sometimes even after they had gone through failed IVF cycles.
The book delves into old beliefs, feeling and emotional injuries to see if there is a blockage that is stopping conception. It also provides the tools that may be needed to help women to get pregnant.
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If you are trying to get pregnant and have been for a little while then you may want to think about taking one of the supplements that are recommended to improve egg quality. It is usually the case that in women over the age of 35 egg quality diminishes and although it is still very likely that you will get pregnant, it may take a little longer than if you were younger, so it may help to take a supplement to improve things.
Check out this article on improving your egg quality if you want to know which supplements are the best.
Perhaps another use for Soft Cups that the manufacturers didn’t anticipate is for women who are trying to get pregnant through self-insemination, whether you are in a single sex relationship or just want to have a child but don’t have the advantage of a partner, then Soft Cups can be a means of helping with self-insemination. It can be very difficult, not to say expensive, for a person who is not in a ‘standard’ relationship, to actually get pregnant, so finding a way around this problem means looking for alternative solutions.
The use of Soft Cups for self-insemination would really be suited to a situation where you have access to fresh sperm, as it is easier to get the man to ‘do his part’ straight into the soft cup so that you can then insert it straight away. Of course we don’t need to go into the details of assessing your own sperm donor etc as no doubt you will have gone through this already. Going through a paid procedure with a sperm donor company would get you a donor and sperm that has gone through various tests so you would have that reassurance. But there are situations where doing it for yourself using home insemination may work for you.
So, instead of using a syringe, Soft Cups can be used by putting the semen into the soft cup and inserting it into the vagina so that the soft cup sits up against the cervix thus positioning the sperm where it needs to be. You can leave it there for a number of hours (8-12) to do its job. You can also use preseed or else another fertility lubricant which may aid the mobility of the sperm. Add a squirt of the preseed into the soft cup and this may help.
The results using this method are obviously anecdotal but there have been women who have used this method for self-insemination and succeeded. It could be a first point of trying if you are in the right situation to be able to do this and also it is probably the cheapest method. Perhaps you have a known donor who has helped in this way before. There are plenty of Soft Cups in one packet for a few months use and the preseed will also last a while. Don’t forget that unless you have had your donor’s sperm tested in terms of numbers, mobility and motility, then it may be wise to only do the insemination every other day around your ovulation date so as to let the sperm ‘regroup’ and the numbers come back up. However, if you have a young donor with a high count then you may be OK to inseminate every day around ovulation.
Soft Cups are a relatively new innovation that were initially designed as an alternative to tampons and sanitary towels (napkins) for women.
However, women have also discovered that they can be a useful device when trying to conceive so they now have a dual use.
This site will try and tell you all you need to know about soft cups whether that be for their intended use or for women who are trying to conceive.