A lot of fuss is going on around the net about what to put in the vagina during sex and what not to. This may seem a girl talk but as a concerned partner, it’s also your responsibility to inform her about the things that may pose serious health risks to her sex organs.
The secret to magnificent sex lies in lubricants. While women’s vaginas produce it naturally, there are times when she doesn’t. Vaginal dryness can happen when she’s advancing in age, taking medications or having medical issues, being overly stressed, and a lot more. For those who are fans of anal sex, lubricants work wonders in giving them the pleasure they seek. The birth of lubricants occurs because of these needs.
Right now, there are a lot of options available in the market, whether you like it natural or synthetic, inexpensive or pricey. Despite the good reputation lubes have in the bedroom, some speak of lubricant toxicity that may lead to skin cancer. This last one, you don’t want to happen to your partner, right? Hence, you need to be careful in choosing the right lubricant for her.
But what if sex is on the table and you run out of one? Luckily, there are household items that qualify as great lube substitutes such as coconut oil, almond oil, aloe vera, and a lot more. Some people can attest to the efficacy of these items. However, you have to be careful because not all of these items are safe to use. Just because they work great it means they can’t cause harm. Never use the items below when the lubricant you purchased online is still on its way.
1. Baby oil
Aside from breaking condoms, baby oil contains substances that can increase the chances of yeast infections. One research proved the link between Candida species colonization and the use of baby oil in the vagina. This only shows that baby oil can work great on the skin but not in women’s extra sensitive regions.
Experts say that lotion is a poor lube substitute because it contains perfumes and propyl glycols that can cause vaginal irritation, puffiness, or swelling.
Ever wonder where the idea of water as a lube substitute come from? Shower sex even needs lubes because water can take away the body’s natural lubricants. Water can cause only dryness. This is the whole truth.
Jelly is yummy to your taste buds. But don’t ever think of putting this sweet thing in her sex organ. It doesn’t have a sweet tooth nor is it a pantry. Putting jelly down there can only invite yeast infection. Sugar can change the vagina’s pH levels, which is why it shouldn’t be in that part.
Are you cooking something down there? Seriously. Associate professor Lauren Streicher emphasizes that cooking oil shouldn’t be in the vagina. For one thing, oil can break down the condom. Second, it’s not that slippery. Third, since it’s not formulated for women’s sensitive parts, it has the potentiality of causing skin irritation.
6. Peanut butter
Peanut butter is oily, yes. But it doesn’t make up for a good lubricant. Just think of sugar, which is the number one friend of yeast infection.
Just because you’re giving her orals you consider it as an initiation to spit on her vagina as an alternative lube. Spit isn’t slippery enough, which makes it ineffective. And if she’s too concerned about safe sex, she might not like the idea of spit in her vagina because it can facilitate STD transmission. Even if you know you’re clean, it’s not a good excuse to use spit as a lube.
8. Petroleum jelly
Though jelly and lube look almost the same, still they’re two different products with different formulations and different purposes. Jelly is not an effective lube substitute because it can tear down condoms. Research also found that women who used petroleum jelly as lube were more prone to bacterial vaginosis compared to nonusers.
It’s tempting to use honey as a lube substitute because it’s silky and sticky. But hold it, it’s never a good idea. Honey can stick to the skin longer. You don’t want ants to be finding its way down to your partner’s vagina.
Whatever information the movies are trying to disseminate, don’t always believe them. Butter as lube is okay in the movies because it makes the script a bit interesting. But it doesn’t mean it’s always true in real-life experiences. Forget about butter in the bedroom. It just doesn’t work.
11. Coconut oil
Yes, we’ve mentioned earlier that coconut oil qualifies for the best lube substitute list. However, coconut oil has properties that don’t work for everybody. Using it as lube depends entirely on your own discretion.
For now, let’s talk about the downsides of coconut oil when used as lube. First, there’s no scientific study that shows the efficacy of coconut oil and whether it’s safe to use in the vagina. Second, coconut oil can clog the pores. Some people don’t have this skin sensitivity while others said the oil caused them bumps and skin irritation. Third, it can disrupt the vagina’s pH balance. Fourth, it’s not compatible with latex condoms and other sex toys. Coconut oil will just screw them just like any other oil-based lubes. Fifth, you can’t easily clean the skin because coconut oil sticks longer on the surface. And lastly, coconut oil sticks to the jar on cold winter days.
Lubricants may boost your sexual pleasure but you don’t have to sabotage your partner’s sexual health by using the wrong ones. Having an extra bottle of lube is the wisest thing you can do to ensure you won’t run out of one.
Sex experts also suggest that the best natural and organic lubricants to try include Sliquid H20, Aloe Cadabra, Maple Holistics, Isabel Fay, Wet Platinum, Carageenan, and Organic Glide. Before buying anything, make sure to know what’s inside the package to make sure she’s not putting toxic materials inside her vagina. Remember, sex is meant to be pleasurable and shouldn’t be a cause for worry or regrets.