It is often said that olive oil is good for you because it lubricates your insides, but does that make it a good substitute for personal lubricant during sex?
Olive oil is incredibly good for you; it is a staple of the Mediterranean diet, which is said to be one of the most healthy diets in the world. It can lower cholesterol, prevent or delay diabetes and is beneficial to the internal organs.
Olive oil is also known for its skin nourishing benefits; it has anti-ageing qualities, and has even been used to help alleviate symptoms of eczema and other types of skin damage.
That being said, it probably isn’t a great idea to use it as a lubricant during sex play. While there has been no scientific research into using olive oil as a lubricant substitute, the skin of the vagina and vulval area is extremely sensitive, and women have been known to experience allergic reactions to olive oil.
What’s more, using the same bottle you cook with for intimate use could potentially lead to contamination and is not very hygienic as this would leave you more susceptible to infections.
Olive oil can also be used to lubricate stiff kitchen appliances, and while the vagina is said to be a “well-oiled machine”, you might want to treat it a little different to your blender!
If you do want to use olive oil during sex because you like the taste, smell or feel of it, make sure you carry out a patch test on your skin for at least 24 hours prior to use.
Also, take into consideration that olive oil is not compatible with latex condoms or dental dams, as it will cause the latex to break, leading to a risk of pregnancy and exposure to STIs.
If you want to avoid the potential risk of skin damage and compromised sexual health, use a good quality, certified lubricant such as YES Organic, which is available in oil and water based formulas. The water based lubricant is safe to use with latex products.
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