With the many uses for coconut oil that go beyond cooking and baking, I’ve been asked countless times if coconut oil may be used as a personal lubricant. The answer is yes, it most certainly can. The great part about this is that you’re getting an all-natural lubricant that is free of ingredients that may cause irritation or sensitivity. Shape Magazine talked with Jennifer Gunter, M.D., and ob-gyn at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Francisco to get the scoop on this latest trend that so many patients have been asking about. Let’s see what she has to say:
“There haven’t been any studies looking at the safety of coconut oil as a lubricant, she explains. “So far it seems safe—I haven’t had any patients report any negative side effects.” Plus, it’s natural, preservative free, and affordable compared with traditional lubricants you find at the drugstore.
“In my practice, many women who experience vaginal dryness, have chemical sensitivities, or vulvar sensitivities report really liking it,” Gunter says. An added bonus: Coconut oil contains natural antifungal properties so it could help reduce the risk of infections when using it. But still be sure to wipe it off after sex, as usual, and certainly don’t douche—ever.
Coconut oil has a low melting point so as soon as you rub it in your hands, it will melt and you’re good to go. Use it before a roll in the hay just as you would any other type of lubricant during foreplay and sex, Dr. Gunter says.
And when shopping for the spread, make sure to check that the ingredients list only one item—coconut oil—to ensure you’re not absorbing other products that could potentially cause a reaction. Even if your current lube gets the job done, you may want to take a gander at the ingredients, too. “Stay away from lubricants with glycerin and parabens as these products can break down to irritants,” Dr. Gunter says.
But before you dive into this tropical trend, make sure you’re not allergic by rubbing some on your arm and watching the area for about a day for any redness, itching, or irritation. Return the favor by testing it on your guy’s skin too.
“And don’t use coconut oil if you’re using latex condoms,” Gunter adds. Oils and petroleum products—like Vaseline—may weaken latex and increase the risk of breakage.”– Shape Magazine
Hopefully you’ve gotten some great insight on another use of coconut oil and now you can tell all your girlfriends this exciting news! For the full article, make sure to visit Shape Magazine Online. As an added bonus, if you’ve ever thought about making your own massage oil, Michelle has a great recipe and it’s edible, too!