- You’re not allergic to the products you’re introducing into your body and that your partner isn’t allergic either.
- You don’t use products with any kind of sugars or glycerin in it. That’s because sugar-based lubricants increase the production of yeast in the vagina, sometimes leading to yeast infections.
- You do not under any circumstances use oil-based products on condoms.
But what you didn’t know is that aloe also makes a great lube, according to pharmacologist Joe Graedon of The People’s Pharmacy. Aloe is already known to be incredibly gentle and neutral on all skin types, so it’s safe to use around your vagina. Make sure your aloe gel is 100 percent pure aloe vera, and contains no sugars or artificial ingredients.
Dr. Mary Jane Minkin, MD, a clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the Yale University School of Medicine
Amy Levine, MA, CSE, sex coach and founder of Ignite Your Pleasure
Steiner, M., Piedrahita, C., Glover, L., Joanis, C., Spruyt, A., & Foldesy, R. (1994). The Impact of Lubricants on Latex Condoms during Vaginal Intercourse. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 5(1), 29вЂ“36. doi: 10.1177/095646249400500108
To all my fellow chemical-fearers and experimenters: Get ready to re-vamp your lube routine.
In addition to dyes, some people avoid certain preservatives like parabens. A 2015 study suggested that in a lab setting, parabens in particular can contribute to breast cancer cell growth. Still, as Amy Levine, MA, CSE, sex coach and founder of Ignite Your Pleasure, tells Bustle, the long-term health risks aren’t entirely clear yet.
The idea of sticking egg whites into my vagina terrified me at first. First of all, I’m a vegan, so sticking any kind of animal product in my body is less than desired. Then my hypochondriac side chimed in, singing tales of salmonella and subsequent death. If the former bothers you, I can’t really do much to comfort you. It’s your body, and if this sounds gross and unethical to you, don’t do it. As for the latter, however, you will probably not get salmonella if you’re buying a pasteurized egg white mix, according to foodsafety.gov. Still, the medical community is very hesitant to recommend it. “Salmonella, need I say more?” says Levine. According to obstetrical nurse Maureen Stephens, however, applying egg whites to the vagina (specifically for fertility purposes) “is safe and comes with no side effects.”
In a world of personal lubricants that vary in taste, texture, and sensation, it’s hard to know which is the right one for your body. Luckily, there are a few household products that can make great natural alternatives to lube. On top of not being able to pronounce half the ingredients listed on the bottle, studies have suggested that some products can even mess with vaginal pH balance and should be reformulated.
In a world of personal lubricants that vary in taste, texture, and sensation, it’s hard to know which is the right one for your body. Luckily, there are a few household products that can make great natural alternatives to lube. On top of not beingвЂ¦
Planned Parenthood Toronto [Link] and many sexual health clinics offer free lube samples, but if that’s not accessible for you, here are some alternatives:
By Teen Health Source
Did you know that you can make your own lube in your kitchen?
As a general disclaimer though, it’s always a good idea to do a skin patch test before using your DIY lube. This is where you test out the homemade lube on a different area of your body that your butt or your genitals, just to make sure that you’re not going to have an allergic reaction or anything to it (which can really ruin a romantic mood). A good place to test is on the inside of your elbow. Keep in mind that you know your body best, and some of these products may not work for you, but there are still lots of options!
If you are unable to get lube that is made specifically for sexual purposes, there are a few things you could try to make on your own!
Check out our Making Safer Sex Sexy info page for information on non-DIY lube [Link].
Here are some links with more ideas and strategies for DIY lube:
- Bustle – 3 Natural Alternatives To Lube Because Your Household Items Will Help You Improvise [Link]
- Scarleteen – Lube 101: A Slick Little Primer [Link]
- Lube Zone – How to Make Your Own Lube for Sex [Link]
Lubricant, also known as lube, is a gel-like substance that’s intended to reduce friction, making sex acts feel smoother and more comfortable. Lube can make all kinds of sex feel much better, on your own, with a partner, with toys — you name it! Buying lube can be pretty easy (you can buy lube in many drugstores) but for many reasons it can also be tricky for some people (like if you don’t have a lot of money, are under 18 and not able to buy lube from sex stores, can’t access a sexual health clinic for free samples, etc.).
Tired of giving money to corporations just to have some lube? Check out these options for Do It Yourself Lube!