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As a sex toy company we know that wetter is better and how using a good sexual lubricant can change your sex life and sexual pleasure but does it really matter what you use? After all, if it is slippery, it will do the job and aren’t all lubricants the same( as I was told by one gynaecologist!)?
We are passionate about your intimate health which is why, when choosing a sexual lubricant, it is important to consider what it is made from before you put it inside your vagina, anus or on your vulva or penis.
Many people understand the need to use a lubricant for anal sex because the anus is not self lubricating but the myth still pervades that anyone with a vulva and vagina becomes instantly wet the moment they are touched and using a sexual lubricant is seen as being a failure which could not be further from the truth.
Many people are careful about what they eat and what beauty products they use on their face, hair and body but few think about what their sexual lubricant contains or even if it designed as a sexual lubricant, even though it will be used on one of the most sensitive and highly absorbent area of their body.
The vagina is often referred to being a “well oiled engine”, as it is a self-lubricating organ. The vagina also has a very delicate pH balance, so introducing ingredients found in many commercially available sexual lubricants and products people use as a lubricant substitute can actually do more harm than good. Products not designed as a sexual lubricant but in our kitchen / bathroom cupboards should be avoided too.
Often the products peopel use for anal play can cause anal itching and soreness so it is important to use a skin safe products such as YESBUT pH balanced to that of the anus, waterbased so condom compatible but thicker for longer lasting pleasure.
The vast majority of lubricants are manufactured with artificial ingredients and substances that can potentially cause irritation and infection, and some do not even list the ingredients on the packaging so you have no idea what it contains.
Your vagina and clitoris are both highly absorbant so it is advisable to avoid using products that contain substances which can cause irritation or an allergic reaction, just as you would with cosmetics and hygiene products. Some sexual lubricants available on prescription and frequently prescribed and recommended by GPs, gynaecologists and oncologists contain glycerin, glycols and parabens.
To ensure you don’t experience any adverse reaction to your lubricant, always choose a pH balanced lubricant. It is recommended that you avoid ingredients such as parabens, petroleum-based ingredients (found in petroleum jelly), glycerin and glucose (often found in flavoured lubricants), as these can promote yeast infections and leave your vagina feeling itchy, sore and uncomfortable.
If you’re prone to sensitivity, avoid coloured and flavoured lubricants. Lubricants, designed to make you tingle or warm up your vagina contain menthol and chilli, substances that are not recommended for use on your genitals.
Some lubricants can be difficult to wash off and leave behind a sticky feeling, which is neither pleasant nor sexy. Others can stain your bedsheets and underwear.
Choosing a pH balanced sexual lubricant is important to avoid upsetting the vagina flora and increasing your risk of developing thrush or bacterial vaginosis. Many lubricant brands do not tell you what the pH is on the tube or bottle so you have no idea if it is the same as the vagina which is between 3.8 and 4.5.
Many couples use saliva as their lubricant, but it is more watery than slippery and dries out quickly. Some household substances are not suitable for lubricant such as Vaseline, olive oil, Baby Oil, Bio Oil, handcream or body lotion as they are not designed for internal use or pH balanced to that of the vagina.
Some popular water based brands including KY jelly and well known brands frequently prescribed and recommend by healthcare professionals and widely avaiable on the high street and online can exacerbate vaginal dryness or vaginal atrophy. This is because they have a high osmolarity so draw moisture away from the walls of the vagina rather than lock it in and hydrate them.
By choosing organic lubricants, you can avoid allergic reactions and vaginal sensitivity. Skin safe, odorless and tasteless, organic lubricants provide you with the right amount of lubrication with minimal risk or mess. What’s more, they are quite possibly the closest thing you will find to the body’s natural lubricant, ensuring silky-smooth and pleasurable play.
Here at Jo Divine we sell YES lubricants, which are Soil Association certified and are available in either water-based or oil-based versions. Please note, however, that oil-based lubricants are not suitable for use with condoms as they cause latex to deteriorate.
Whether you are a young person just starting on your sexual journey or an older person enjoying great sex, using a good sexual lubrciant can make sex feel even more pleasurable so invest in your intimate health and enjoy great sex, whoever you are, whatever you age, gender, sexual orientation, health condition or disability.