Most doctors and gynecologists will advise patients against douching. Douching can alter the balance of good bacteria and acidity in the vagina, and any changes to the bacterial balance could result in a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis.

However, the same acidity that is responsible for fending off infection and bad bacteria may also make the area somewhat hostile for sperm. One way to neutralize this acidity? Baking soda.

Baking soda can neutralize the acidity in a woman’s vagina to accommodate sperm. Dr. Sami S. David suggests performing a baking soda douche prior to intercourse.

On another note, baking soda has been shown to aid with male conception. Although male sperm are the quicker of the two, they’re not as strong as female sperm. Reducing the acidity in the vagina will enable the boys to get where they need to be that much quicker.

For those who aren’t comfortable inserting baking soda into their vagina, an option might be Pre-Seed Personal Lubricant, which matches the same pH, osmolality, and viscosity as fertile cervical mucus and poses no harm to sperm or embryos.

Another option might be Fertile CM cervical mucus enhancer. Fertile CM promotes a healthy pH, strengthens the uterine lining, and increases blood flow to the uterus.

Have your doctor assess the level of acidity in your vagina to determine which method is best for you.

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