Just a number of years in the past, we have been within the thick of a coconut oil heyday, with folks swearing the product might do all the pieces from enhance mind operate, soften hair, and hydrate pores and skin to makeover the within of your mouth.
The fact is, coconut oil is a wonderful product with loads of makes use of — however identical to all the pieces, there is a time and a spot. Its many makes use of could not work for everybody and, often, can do extra hurt than good. This brings us to one particular use of coconut oil that is been closely debated: utilizing coconut oil as lube.
It sounds nice, in idea: Unlike manufactured lubes, which might have all kinds of components inside (a few of which aren’t vagina-friendly), coconut oil provides a seemingly “pure” means to maintain issues slippery and moisturized. If you possibly can eat it, it needs to be completely secure to your genitals, proper? Not to point out, it is one thing you seemingly already have in your kitchen, smells nice, and is a fraction of the worth of different lube choices.
However, like many issues within the intercourse and well being world, it isn’t fairly that peachy: there are cases the place utilizing coconut oil as lube won’t be an incredible concept. Here’s all the pieces you want to know earlier than you carry it into the bed room.
Is It Safe to Use Coconut Oil as Lube?
Though coconut oil hasn’t been totally studied with this explicit function in thoughts, on the whole, sure, you should utilize coconut oil as lube — whether or not throughout partnered or solo play. “Coconut oil is usually thought of a secure and economical lube,” says Jolene Brighten, ND, board-certified naturopathic endocrinologist and medical sexologist.
Some execs of utilizing coconut oil as lube? For starters, research confirms that coconut oil acts as an efficient pores and skin moisturizer, that means it may definitely lube issues up within the second, and have moisturizing results even after you are completed. It has an incredible scent and style, and since it is fully edible, you possibly can simply and safely transition to and from oral sex. (Not-so-fun reality: Many manufactured, non-natural edible lubes use glycerin of their flavorings, which can trigger a yeast infection.)
That being mentioned, coconut oil additionally has pure antibacterial and antifungal properties, says Karyn Eilber, MD, board-certified urologist and affiliate professor of urology and ob-gyn at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. While these two properties may seem to be good issues, it is a bit extra sophisticated than that, particularly when it comes to the danger of utilizing coconut oil on vaginas. “Because coconut oil has delicate antimicrobial properties, there’s the potential for it to disrupt your flora [bacteria that live in the vagina] and depart you vulnerable to a yeast infection or bacterial vaginosis,” explains Dr. Brighten. Vaginas have their very own microbiome, which naturally accommodates micro organism and yeast; if one thing (such as soap, semen, or lube) is available in and disrupts the setting sufficient, it has the potential to trigger both of those tremendous widespread circumstances.
Another purpose coconut oil — and some other oil-based product — could improve your danger for an infection is as a result of it may trigger a biofilm to kind, says Kim Langdon, MD, ob-gyn with Medzino. Biofilm is a set of microorganisms and supplies (such as mucus, polysaccharides, micro organism, fungus, oils, and immune cells) that varieties a slime-like layer — “assume how your enamel really feel within the morning earlier than you sweep them,” says Dr. Langdon. “It acts collectively like ‘plastic wrap’ to maintain issues out and maintain issues in.” That’s problematic, as a result of this may enable “dangerous” micro organism or yeast molecules to thrive, protecting them from being eradicated by your physique’s immune system or antibiotics. In reality, that is one purpose why a bacterial vaginosis an infection may be so laborious to eliminate: the micro organism tends to kind a biofilm to shield itself, she says.
All that mentioned, there is a good likelihood you would use coconut oil as lube and be completely fantastic. After all, each physique is exclusive; and by extension, each vulva and its ecosystem is as effectively. “I’ve had many sufferers use coconut oil for lube with none problem so it is probably not problematic for everybody, nevertheless it’s price noting [that these risks exist],” says Dr. Brighten. And when you’re experiencing persistent issues with either yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis, it is positively price analyzing any lube you are utilizing, she says. On that notice, you possibly can (and may) seek the advice of your physician when you’re unsure about utilizing one thing new in your vulva, or when you begin to discover that one thing’s off.
Things to Keep in Mind When Using Coconut Oil as Lube
There are a number of different issues to take into accout as well as to the protection of utilizing coconut oil on vaginas and vulvas. Oil-based lubes will not be really helpful to be used with latex condoms or dental dams since oil can cause the latex to break down, rising the danger of an infection or being pregnant, says Dr. Eilber. So when you’re utilizing any latex limitations for cover, go for a water-based lubricant as a substitute.
Using coconut oil as lube is “suitable with most intercourse toys, nevertheless it’s finest to all the time examine the producer’s suggestions and it is essential to wash toys it doesn’t matter what lube you utilize (or not),” says Dr. Brighten.
If you are selecting a jar of coconut oil to use as lube, be sure “coconut oil” is the one ingredient. “Cold-pressed virgin or additional virgin coconut oil is finest for purity causes,” says Dr. Brighten. Other coconut oils — refined or partially hydrogenated — have been topic to extra processing, in accordance to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
And a remaining heads up, earlier than you go wild: oil can stain sure materials (@ your new bedsheets), says Dr. Eilber, so lube up accordingly.