Pre-Seed Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Pre-Seed personal lubricant unique?
Pre-Seed was developed specifically to match a woman’s fertile fluids and to provide safe lubrication for use when trying to conceive a baby.
- Clinically shown to be a fertility-friendly lubricant
- Allows sperm to move freely
- Isotonic and pH balanced to mimic fertile fluids
- Developed by doctors
- Used in fertility clinics
- Published clinical studies show Pre-Seed doesn’t harm sperm
- Published clinical studies show Pre-Seed has less potential to irritate sensitive vaginal and cervical tissues than other leading lubricants
- Pre-Seed is covered by numerous US and International Patents
Is Pre-Seed really “fertility-friendly”?
Pre-Seed lubricant mimics natural body secretions to relieve vaginal dryness while providing an optimal sperm environment. Its moisture is delivered in the same pH, osmolality and viscosity (consistency) as fertile cervical fluids (mucus). Pre-Seed does not harm sperm and is less irritating to women (see Clinical Studies
Can I use Pre-Seed even if I am sensitive to other lubricants?
In general, many women are able to use Pre-Seed even when other lubricants have caused irritation or infection. This is often because other lubricants do not have the same salt (ion) concentration as your body fluids. For example, body fluids are at about 270 mOsm/kg, but other lubricants are as high as 3,500 mOsm/kg, so you can see VERY high. It is basically like getting salt water in your eyes!
Still a very, very low percent of women do have some irritation after use of Pre-Seed. The rate is about 1/2 of 1%, based on our records. Such irritation can be associated with a yeast infection, due to pregnancy or hormonal changes, or an allergic reaction. Please note, if irritation occurs for you while using Pre-Seed, stop using the product. If the irritation persists, please contact your doctor.
Is Pre-Seed lubricant condom compatible?
Pre-Seed lubricant is compatible with latex and polyurethane condoms.
Why is Pre-Seed lubricant applied inside?
Pre-Seed lubricant comes with applicators to provide moisture inside where it can coat the vagina and cervix, enhancing the comfort of intimacy and supplementing inadequate fertile secretions. The woman’s body naturally provides secretions throughout the vaginal canal. Pre-Seed is most effective as a lubricant when it’s isotonic formula is deposited inside.
Pre-Seed lubricant can also be applied externally.
When can Pre-Seed be used if I am trying to get pregnant?
Pre-Seed lubricant can be used any time you have intercourse and want to supplement lubrication and moisture.
Can I use Pre-Seed anytime?
Pre-Seed lubricant can be used any time to relieve vaginal dryness or discomfort. Applying it internally helps the lubricant act like your body’s own fluids, making for a very natural feeling during lovemaking. Pre-Seed’s isotonic formula means it is a safer, less irritating lubricant, that is ideal for women in all walks of life. In clinical studies
, Pre-Seed lubricant has been reported to be as slippery and smooth as, if not better than, leading lubricants. It also has been reported to be safer and less irritating to the sensitive tissues of intimacy than other lubricants, which can cause irritation and burning.
Too little? Too much?
If you used Pre-Seed and it felt too slippery or there wasn’t enough sensation (friction) when using it—try one or more of the following adjustments:
- Apply less lubricant. Try just using 1 gm at first, and work up to the right amount for you.
- Wipe off extra Pre-Seed after applying. After applying Pre-Seed inside with the applicator, wipe off any lubricant on your outside parts by using a tissue.
- Apply your lubricant earlier. You can apply Pre-Seed up to an hour before love-making.
- Try just using Pre-Seed externally. We suggest you use about the size of a quarter on genitalia right before love-making.
- If things are too slippery during the middle of love-making, take a break and wipe both of you off by hand or with the sheet. This should make things just right when you start up again.
If you used Pre-Seed and it wasn’t slippery enough, it dried out too quickly, or it had a rubbery or tacky sensation, your tissues may be a bit low in moisture, and you may need to use more Pre-Seed. Pre-Seed’s isotonic moisture is readily absorbed because it mimics natural fluids. To provide adequate lubrication, you will need to apply enough Pre-Seed to saturate the tissues. Here are some suggestions for this situation:
- Try using the intravaginal applicators to apply Pre-Seed inside. Your body makes natural fluids throughout the vaginal canal, not just at the opening of the vulva. Applying lubricant inside mimics your own fertile fluids and maximizes Pre-Seed’s effectiveness as a lubricant. Many women have never used an applicator for a lubricant, so it may seem different. But you will love it!
- If you are just using Pre-Seed externally, apply an amount similar to the size of a quarter by hand to the areas you want lubricated. If these areas seem to rapidly absorb Pre-Seed, repeat the application (with the same amount). Once the tissues are hydrated, the second dose of Pre-seed can stay on the surface and provide longer lasting lubrication.
- If you are using the applicator and things aren’t slippery enough (a very rare occurrence), try filling the applicator with 4 gms before inserting and apply Pre-Seed while lying down in bed, right before intimacy.
Why does Pre-Seed have parabens in it?
Preservatives, such as methylparaben and propylparaben (in Pre-Seed lubricant), keep products from growing bacteria. Unfortunately, other preservatives (Vitamin C, EDTA, etc.) can cause sperm damage or death. We chose to use methylparaben and propylparaben because they have very long histories of use and safety data.
The preservatives we use prevent bacteria growth without damaging sperm. Published reports found that these preservatives have no more impact on tissues than do food estrogens in soya and other foods (A review of the endocrine activity of parabens and implications for potential risks to human health
. Crit Rev Toxicol. 2005).
Scientists and expert preservative consultants have reviewed all of the available preservatives approved for human use. In developing Pre~Seed our goal, of course, was to choose a preservative that was safe for sperm. Unfortunately, many preservatives damage sperm by their mechanism of action. In developing Pre-Seed, INGfertility did the first, and to our knowledge the only, studies ever done to determine the lowest dose of methylparaben and propylparaben preservatives we could use that would meet our goal of protecting against bacterial growth while preserving optimal sperm function and not impairing egg fertilization or embryo development.
The safety issues around parabens have been reviewed by a number of expert groups. Virtually all of them have concluded that methylparaben and propylparaben, when used in the amounts present in Pre-Seed, are safe.
The FDA believes that “at the present time there is no reason for consumers to be concerned about the use of cosmetics containing parabens
. However, the agency will continue to evaluate new data in this area. If FDA determines that a health hazard exists, the agency will advise the industry and the public…”
How do I use the applicator with Pre-Seed Fertility-Friendly Lubricant?
Never used a lubricant with an intravaginal applicator before? It is easy and discreet! Pre-Seed’s applicators coat the entire vagina, just the way your body fluids do – increasing comfort during intimacy.