Chaffed, swollen, infected, burning sensation and even your bladder hurts – sounds familiar ladies? These symptoms, those of a vagina reacting to synthetic lubricants, definitely remove any pleasure from an intimate session with your partner.
By moistening the vaginal and vulvar tissues, a lubricant or lube, actually serves as an indirect aphrodisiac. The lube mimics and multiplies the effects of one’s own natural secretion and production of lubrication during sexual intercourse to ensure that the experience is as friction-free as possible.
However many women experience adverse effects from using synthetic lubes thanks to the incredible sensitivity and receptive mucous membranes of the vagina and vulva – anything is easily absorbed into the body, even chemicals found in synthetic lubricants.
According to Care2.com, there are three major types of lubricants:
Parabens. Parabens are synthetic preservatives that can be absorbed through your skin. They can mimic estrogen in your body, and may be linked to increased risk of breast cancer.
Petroleum or petroleum-derived ingredients. Whenever possible, refrain from using products with petroleum-based ingredients, including multipurpose lubricants like Vaseline petroleum jelly, on your genitals. They may contain impurities linked to cancer and other health conditions; they can also coat your skin, impeding its normal functions and not allowing it to “breathe.”
Silicone oils. Silicone oils may have toxic side effects, and as with petroleum-based products, they may coat your skin, affecting its normal functions and permeability. Silicone can have many names on product labels, including dimethicone, highly polymerized methyl polysilozane, methyl polysiloxane, mirasil DM 20, and viscasil 5M.
However let’s not forget the best lubricant would be as natural as possible.
ENTER: Coconut oil, Nature’s natural lube
Coconut oil, the stuff you use for cooking, is generally solid at room temperature, but as soon as you put some in your hands, it starts to melt, and with a bit of rubbing, will turn into a liquid.
Thanks to coconut oil’s natural long staying power, reapplication in most cases, will not be necessary, resulting in interruption-free sexual intercourse.
Coconut oil provides a thicker coating than silicone, water or any gel-based lube.
Warning: Do not use coconut oil with latex condoms as oil degrades latex.