To Lube or Not to Lube

a lubricant gel

You know the feeling; it’s the wrong time of the month, or you’re going through changes in your life, or you’ve had too much to drink, or you’re just not quite in the mood.

But no matter what the reason, it’s no fun when things are just too dry down there and having sex is no fun and darn right painful.

Well, the good news is that you can do something about it.

Using lubrication is a quick and easy fix and many women keep a bottle of something handy beside for just such emergencies.

But have you really paid attention to what you have been using?

Do you really know what you are putting on the most vulnerable to infection part of your body?

Maybe it’s time to stop just grabbing whatever’s been available at the local superstore.

Stop for a minute and look at the ingredients and get more information on what you are using so that you can make an informed decision.

Unfortunately, many manufacturers do not always have your health at the forefront of their minds.

That important aspect of making a product can sometimes fall way behind the profit margin.

So what that means is that not everything that you can pick up at your local shopping mall is really healthy for you.

So let’s take a minute and breakdown some of the ingredients that are being used in some of our favorite lubes so that an informed choice can be made.

First of all, try to stay clear of lubes that contain paraben and chemicals.

It goes without saying that organic and natural ingredients are the best but it can be tricky to even decipher what ‘natural’ means.

This is a name or term that is widely used but doesn’t always mean that it is chemical free.

And those chemicals, unfortunately, can be absorbed right through the mucous membranes of your vagina and anus.

This can result in untold amounts of negative effects on your body.

For example, parabens which can be called things like Methylparaben or Propylparaben are used to deter bacteria or funguses but once they are absorbed into the skin they can confuse your body into thinking that they are actually the same as estrogen which has been linked to increases in breast cancer.

Parabens are also being blamed for reducing sperm cell count and can create a lot of allergies such as burning and itching.

And not all parabens are derived from chemicals.

Grapefruit seed extract is also a type of natural paraben and should also be avoided.

One of the nice things about lubes or lotions and creams is the nice creamy consistency.

Well, that consistency that you love so much is also something that is toxic.

Using Diethanolamine, a chemical wetting agent is also being blamed for reacting with other chemicals to form carcinogens that are also absorbed and linked to other cancers such as stomach, esophagus, liver, and bladder.

Glycerine is used as a preservative in cosmetics and lubes and can create yeast infections and can damage mucous membranes.

Menthol which can be synthetic or natural can be irritating and can actually cause more drying to your genitals and also damage mucous membranes.

The list goes on and one including petrochemicals, propylene glycol, l-arginine, aluminum sulfate, benzocaine, to name just a few.

Oils should also be avoided as they can break down latex condoms and are hard for the body to flush out, leaving your body open to infection.

So does this mean that you shouldn’t lube and just suffer in dryness?

Absolutely not.

It just means be a conscious consumer and put your own health first.

Read labels – if you can’t understand the ingredients chances are you should just put it back on the shelf.

So lube away, be safe, and be happy!