What Is Hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) And Why Is It Used In Lube?

Hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) is commonly used in personal lubricants marketed for those trying to conceive because it does not impact sperm function or motility.
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Q: What Is Hydroxyethylcellulose (HEC) And Why Is It Used In Lube?

Hydroxyethylcellulose, sometimes known as HEC, is a cellulose-derived polymer used in many cosmetics, household products, and water-based personal lubricants.

It is often used in lubes and cosmetics to improve the feel and texture, serving as a gelling and thickening agent, and is considered to be completely safe in both applications.

It is also used as a sperm-friendly additive in lubes designed to aid in fertility, as studies have shown that it doesn’t hinder sperm function or motility.

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