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How does Surgilube® Compare: Side-by-Side Brand Comparison

There are a variety of medical lubricants on the market today, but contrary to what you may have heard, not all medical lubricants are created equal. There are significant differences in their formulation that you should understand before purchasing.

Join us as we compare Surgilube® to other medical lubricants on the market and their formulation differences.

Choosing the Right Medical Lubricant

Medical lubricants are used during invasive procedures to reduce friction and increase patient comfort when inserting an instrument or device. When evaluating a new medical lubricant, it is important to pay close attention to the formulation to ensure you are choosing the correct lubricant for your procedure.

No matter what medical lubricant you choose, make sure it is:

  • Water-Soluble – reduces patient discomfort while not compromising the integrity of instruments
  • Sterile – helps prevents cross-contamination and hospital acquired infections
  • Bacteriostatic – helps prevent the growth and reproduction of bacteria
  • Latex-free – latex is a known allergen and can cause simple contact dermatitis to a full anaphylactic reaction

Additionally, you want to be mindful of carbomer, CHG, parabens, and glycerin. Take a look at your lubricant packaging to see if any of these features are mentioned.

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Side-by-Side Comparison

Surgilube® has been trusted by medical professionals for 90 years and is the go-to lubricant for surgical and gynecological procedures. Our unique formulation is unequivocally superior compared to the alternatives. Just see for yourself.

*Ingredients may vary slightly between the different KY Jelly products.

Why Choose Surgilube® Sterile Surgical Lubricant?

As you can see in the above chart, Surgilube® is not the same as KY Jelly or any other medical lubricant on the market. Surgilube® has a unique formulation that is not available as a private-label brand. Let’s review the formulation differences of Surgilube® Sterile Surgical Lubricant.


Carbomer is a thickening or binding agent used in medical lubricants to help control the viscosity and flow of gel products. Surgilube® does not use carbomer in its formulation and is the only sterile carbomer-free medical lubricant approved for use with the HOLOGIC® Thin-Prep pap test.

Chlorhexidine Gluconate

Surgilube® is one of the only medical lubricants* on the market that features chlorhexidine gluconate in its formulation. CHG is a preservative and bacteriostatic agent that stops bacteria from reproducing, ensuring our products are safe to use after the seal is broken.
*Numerous personal lubricants use chlorhexidine gluconate in their formulation.


Parabens are commonly used in medical lubricants as a preservative to inhibit bacteria growth and prevent contamination. The majority of brands on the market use parabens such as methylparaben and propylparaben for their antimicrobial properties. Surgilube® Sterile Surgical Lubricant is completely paraben-free and uses CHG as an alternative preservative and bacteriostatic agent.


Glycerin is a humectant and is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry. Glycerin helps retain moisture. Unfortunately, glycerin may contribute to an overgrowth of yeast, which can cause yeast infections. As the #1 lubricant in Women’s Health, we chose not to use glycerin in our formulation.

Provide Quality Care with Our Unique Formulation

With a unique, can’t be replicated formulation, Surgilube® Sterile Surgical Lubricant helps increase patient satisfaction while giving YOU the satisfaction of focusing on what you do best: providing quality care.

When you are looking for a quality medical lubricant for your facility, choose the #1 surgical lubricant trusted by medical professionals – Surgilube® Sterile Surgical Lubricant.

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