Some people are a little skittish talking about bedroom topics, and oftentimes it is to our own disservice. Take for instance lube. Yup, we’re talking KY, AstroGlide, Trojan and more. Are you feeling a bit embarrassed yet? Yup, me too!
But, this is too important a topic to not discuss. No, I am not going to tell you the benefits of using lube (though you should talk to you partner if you do not yet, you may want to give it a try). I am also not going to review my favorite lubes and why (I know, what a bummer!)
No, today I want to focus on some health issues as it relates to using lube. I recently read an article on WomensHealthMag.com that opened the door to this topic, and offered some great information. If you want to have good reproductive health, and especially if you are trying to get pregnant right now, there are some things about over the counter lube that you may want to know.
#1: Most Lubes Can Make It Difficult To Get Pregnant
Lube is supposed to make the experience between the sheets more enjoyable, and so it does for many millions of people! However, for those trying to get pregnant, most lubricants will actually interfere with achieving that goal of impregnation.
The reason for this is actually the impact of the lubes on sperm. What the Women’s Health article said is that most lubes negatively impact the morphology and motility of the sperm; in other words, the sperm’s structure and how it moves. This means that it has a harder time getting to the egg.
Lubes have several issues that cause this. First, the Ph level of most lubes are too high and kill sperm. Second, these lubes have toxic chemicals in them that fragile sperm cannot survive.
#2: Lubes Can Negatively Impact Overall Reproductive Health
Speaking of those toxic chemicals, those can cause many problems for men and women. For men, the skin on their little partner is fairly thin, allowing chemicals to easily penetrate the skin and enter the blood and transport to the rest of the body.
For women, these lubricants, and therefore toxins, are being put into your most sensitive area. This increases the risk of infections in the short term, not to mention entering your blood system and wreaking havoc on your body and organs.
Everyone knows that petroleum-based lubricants can make condoms ineffective, but even water-based lubricants have these chemicals in them. What should you watch out for? Here are a list of just some of the chemicals you may find in what you considered a safe and fun addition to your bedroom. You should look some of these up and see what effects they have on the body:
- Propylene glycol
- Polyethene glycol
- Benzyl Alcohol
- Citric Acid
#3: “Natural” Lubricants May Not Be Much Better
Some people recommend more natural forms of lubrication like coconut oil, canola oil or even spit (can I just say YUCK!). All of these can lead to infections. Some, like canola oil and coconut oil can also increase inflammation and the risk of yeast infections.
Where Do You Turn?
The best thing to do is to support your own natural lubrication by supporting your body. Be sure you are well hydrated. Second, take your time to warm up to the event. One article on health.com suggested you can slowly warm up all day (can we say foreplay?) by using appropriate sexting.
If you are going to use lube, find an option that is natural, that doesn’t carry the risk of synthetic lubes. If possible, find something that also supports your body’s hormone production.
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