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Lowdown on Lubes


Personal lubricants present something of a, well, slippery slope. Women agree that many commercial, water-based versions contain chemical preservatives, which may cause irritation. Glycerin is another ingredient commonly found on the “intimate care” shelf. Like glucose, a sugar, it can contribute to overgrowth of yeast. For this reason, many women turn to homemade solutions -


A well meaning tactic that often does way more harm than good. Cooking oils (coconut, olive, vegetable), mineral oil, and petroleum jelly are hard to rinse off, trapping bacteria inside the vagina promoting infection. What’s more, every single one of them dissolves latex, making condoms and diaphragms less effective. Look for a silicone-based lubricant instead. They are condom compatible, last longer, and don’t contain preservatives or glycerin like water-based lubes. Many women are also getting on board with organic lubricants. They tend to be free of harsh chemicals and wash away easily, one that fits the bill: Sustain organic personal lubricant.


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