The Best Natural Lubricants for Females
Personal lubricants can increase sexual pleasure, reduce friction and, let’s face it, create more fun. However, some personal lubricants contain many questionable ingredients that you really shouldn’t have near the most fragile and intimate areas of your body.
Lubricants fall under the category of novelty products which means they are unregulated and enter the marketplace as untested by the FDA. So it’s up to you to read the ingredients on the labels and to opt for safer and less irritating ingredients.
Here’s your primer on what to avoid and what to look for in your personal lubricant.
Chemicals to Avoid in Personal Lubricant
Sugar of any form in lubricant can increase the risk of vaginal yeast infections. Yeast will thrive off of eating sugar and they’ll easily multiply in numbers in a moist environment to create a vaginal yeast infection. Glycerin is sugar derivative with the same potential to disrupt your good bacteria and leave you more susceptible to yeast and bacterial infections.
Petrochemicals, such as propylene glycol, is found in anti-freeze, however it is also found in food, cosmetics — and your personal lubricant. This ingredient can irritate sensitive skin causing dermatitis and redness. If you are tempted to use the trusted petroleum jelly from your medicine cabinet, avoid it as well. The intravaginal use of petroleum jelly has been shown in a study to increase the risk of a bacterial vaginosis, a type of vaginal infection, by up to 22%.
Parabens, such as methyl- and propylparaben, are common preservatives in skin care, prepared foods and pharmaceutical products. According to the Environmental Working Group, parabens can cause skin allergy and hormone disruption with the potential for increasing the risk of breast cancer.
Ingredients to Look for in Natural Female Lubricants
What are the best lubricants to use? Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly is a great start. Aloe vera is chock full of nutritional value and contains an odorless clear gel that can be found in many natural lubricants or used on its own. Its soothing qualities makes it great for reducing inflammation and thankfully, it won’t increase the risk of vaginal yeast infections.
Virgin coconut oil is growing in popularity as a natural lubricant. Naturally anti-fungal and antibacterial, coconut oil is a light weight oil that doesn’t leave oily residue. However, if you are using condoms, don’t use coconut oil or any oil as it can deteriorate the latex and leave you at high risk for condom rupture. It is also not confirmed whether coconut oil can disrupt sperm quality or quantity if you are trying to conceive.
Over the counter personal lubricants are laden with unregulated, toxic ingredients which can take the fun out of any love-making session. When shopping for the best natural female lubricant, look for ingredients that are supportive of your overall health. Lubricants come in contact with your body’s most delicate tissues — choose products with non-irritating and soothing ingredients that won’t increase your risk for skin irritation, chronic health conditions or infection.