Nothing puts the brakes on sex like vaginal dryness. Fortunately, you can find over-the-counter remedies at most drugstores. But they tend to have synthetic ingredients, such as silicone. And these may be harsh on your tender bits. Here are some personal lubricant additives that can hurt your health.
An ingredient in a lot of conventional lubricants, glycerin acts as a humectant, promoting the moisture retention. Because glycerin is a metabolic byproduct of sugar, it attracts microbes. And this contributes to yeast. So steer clear any lubricants that contain glycerin, especially if you’re prone to infections.
You should avoid using any product containing petroleum; it sticks in your vagina and alters its pH. This put you at risk for a bacterial infection known as vaginosis. Also, petroleum causes condoms to weaken.
• Propylene glycol
A preservative and humectant, propylene glycol is known to cause vaginal irritation. It’s best avoided, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Parabens are often found in conventional personal lubricants, and research shows that they may act as endocrine disruptors. This means parabens might interfere with hormones and increase women's chances of getting breast cancer. You should steer clear of any personal lubricants containing parabens.
• Chlorhexidine gluconate
Antibacterial chlorhexidine gluconate can be a bit caustic. If it's in your personal lubricant, you may make you experience irritation or inflammation.
Slide into natural alternatives to conventional lubes
Instead of using conventional personal lubricants that are unhealthy, you should consider using all natural alternatives that are safe and effective. Here are six lubes for next-level sex naturally.
1. Sweet Almond Oil
A great all-natural lubricant, sweet almond oil doesn't weaken condoms and it's safe to use. Plus, it moisturizes and has a pleasant smell. What's more, it’s residue-free and it won't stain your sheets.
2. Coconut oil
Like almond oil, coconut oil lubes well, and it even delivers some health benefits. It can prevent yeast infections, and it can treat infections that have developed. The oil’s thickness makes sex feels great. And the stuff absorbs well, so you won't feel sticky
3. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Along with health benefits galore, extra virgin olive oil gets intimate lubing done. Plus, you can use it for internal massages.
4. Cannabinoid oils
Only a few states have legalized cannabis. But cannabinoid personal lubricants can be sold anywhere in the
5. Aloe Vera
A go-to for soothing sunburns, aloe vera also makes for some soothing motion lotion. It’s incredibly gentle on skin and it won’t weaken condoms.
6. Egg Whites
Unconventional, maybe — but egg whites work well as a sex lube. In fact, many women into homeopathic medicine believe that egg whites help with conception, ensuring sperm goes where it needs to go. They can be messy to work with, so use an eye dropper. And they should be
You can also improve your own natural lubrication if you:
• Stay hydrated
Most Americans don't drink enough water. You should aim to drink at least ten cups of water per day — being dehydrated can lead to vaginal dryness.
• Get enough omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 is a natural lubricant. The most potent source of it is krill oil. Consuming omega 3 fatty acids can help to restore natural lubrication to your vagina.
• Eat foods rich in phytoestrogen
Vaginal dryness often results from a hormonal imbalance. Foods containing phytoestrogens can help restore hormonal balance, alleviating vaginal dryness. Good sources of phytoestrogens include cherries, flax seeds, and other seeds.
• Take supplements
Supplements such as vitamins A and B can help increase vaginal dryness. What's more, black cohosh and wild yam help to increase vaginal
• Engage in foreplay
If you're having issues with becoming well lubricated, try extended foreplay. This will help to increase natural lubrication before sex. Extended foreplay might include watching erotic films, using sex toys, and wearing costumes.
Vaginal dryness can make a hookup become, well, unhooked. The good news is that you don't need to run to the convenience store for Astroglide or KY Jelly. There are plenty of natural substitutes to OTC lubes that get the job done. And they even offer some added benefits.
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