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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Marcus

Lubricants 101

Updated: Oct 10, 2019

Feeling dry? Lubricants function to add moisture and limit friction. Not all lubricants are created equal. Actually, some can be the source of irritation, like the common KY Jelly which contains alcohol and chemicals. Some chemicals can effect sperm motility, tissue health, as well as destroy good bacteria which prevents infection. If you are prone to yeast infections, look for glycerin free lubricants, as glycol is a form of sugar. We use Slippery Stuff (water-based, paraben free, glycerin free), in our office. A great choice if you have any hypersensitivity. If you like to be mindful of the environment, try Good Clean Love, it’s organic, vegan, glycerin and paraben free! Some patients with increased vaginal burning find an aloe based lubricant cooling, such as Desert Harvest Aloe Glide and Aloe Cadabra. Trying to conceive? Use Yes baby Sperm-Friendly Lubricant.

Have an itch? Experiencing vulvar discomfort? V-Magic, an intimate skin cream that blends oils, avocado, and healing honey to soothe your vulva. Guess what? It’s organic, and all natural too! And if you were looking for a home-remedy, try coconut oil. Coconut oil calms down inflammation, redness, and irritation.

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