7 Best Natural Lubes That Won’t Irritate Your Vagina, According to Gynecologists
From coconut oil to OTC brands, these lubricants are guaranteed to be gentle on sensitive skin.
Article from Prevention Magazine
By Cassie Shortsleeve Jun 12, 2019
If you buy organic eggs and all-natural peanut butter, you might want to think au naturel as far as your personal lubricant too.
“I generally recommend against lubricants that are scented to claim to create a sensation,” says Kari Braaten, MD, MPH, an OB/GYN at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “Those can be very irritating and can cause rashes and allergic reactions.”
But reaching for any random organic or plant-based lube isn’t the solution, either. “I actually caution people against things that report to be manufactured as ‘natural’ because something being organic or natural doesn’t mean that it is hypoallergenic or unscented,” says Dr. Braaten. “Just because something has ingredients in it that are plant-based, or non-synthetic, doesn’t mean that they are non-irritating to your skin.”
However, certain products out there are unscented, organic, flavor-free, and designed with sensitive skin in mind—and there’s good reason to use them. Natural lube can make sex much more comfortable and enjoyable, especially post-menopause when a lack of estrogen can cause the dryness to be real or if you’re on hormonal contraceptives like birth control pills, which can also dry you out.
So if you’d prefer to try a natural lubricant, check out the options below—they’re good enough for OB/GYNs.
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With antibacterial properties and no oil to break down the integrity of a condom, your go-to sunburn remedy doubles as a natural form of lube, says women’s health expert Jennifer Wider, MD. As with any lube, you just want to avoid perfumes or additives (check the ingredient list to make sure it’s almost 100 percent aloe vera). With aloe vera, the only way to get 100 percent is to harvest the plant yourself—but this product gets pretty darn close with 95 percent organic aloe vera, vitamin E oil, and a few necessary preservatives.