Why silicone lubes are TOXIC!
Posted by samantha strom on
Personal lubricant (lube) is something most people will use at least once during their sexual lifetimes, if not every time they are sexually active.
What are lubricants?
Lubricants are fluid or gel substances designed to offset genital dryness or inadequate natural lubrication which can be associated with discomfort or pain with sex or general activity. Lubes can be used for sexual activity, or just to alleviate dryness throughout the day.
For sexual activity, lubricants are a fantastic tool (if you find the right one)!
- Be used for penetrative and non-penetrative sex, masturbation
- Improve lubrication, pleasure, and moisture
- Decrease friction and discomfort
- Decrease failure of sexual barriers
- Takes some pressure off the body to “perform”
- Makes sexual activities more enjoyable
Silicone-based lube however is very drying and not long lasting. It is also safe ONLY to use with condoms, but not penetration or sex toys, as they can damage the toy and ruin vaginal microbiome.
Other chemical ingredients found in the most popular and drug store of lubricants and can be toxic to vaginal tissue and harm the microbiome are:
Chlorhexidine gluconate – A disinfectant chemical that can kill strains of lactobacillus, which is a bacteria that is necessary for a healthy vagina.
Parabens (look for methylparaben and/or propylparaben) — Preservative chemicals that can irritate vaginal mucous membranes, contribute to genital rashes, and potentially cause fertility problems and endocrine disruption.
Cyclomethicone, cyclopentasiloxane and cyclotetrasiloxane — Commonly found in silicone-based lubricants, these substances are linked to reproductive harm and uterine cancer in animal studies. Almost no research has ever been conducted to examine the long term impacts of vaginal exposure to these chemicals in women.
Undisclosed flavors or fragrance — Be weary of ingredient lists that generically list “flavor”, “fragrance” or “aroma.” Flavors, fragrances, and aromas can include a mix of chemicals which can cause irritation and allergy.
Lubricant with a higher osmolality than normal vaginal secretions can damage vaginal tissue and breakdown mucous membranes which lead to irritation, reduced protection against infection, and increased transmission risk of sexually transmitted infections including HIV.
Several research studies have brought up two concerns. The first is regarding the glycerin and propylene glycol in personal lubricants. If the osmolality is high, the lubricant might pull water from the cells (e.g., the cells that make up the lining of the vaginal wall), causing the cells to shrivel, and this can lead to irritation. Irritation of vaginal or anal tissue could increase vulnerability to sexually-transmitted infections (STIs).
The second concern is the pH of the product. Neutral pH is 7. The lower the pH, the more acidic the product is. The higher the pH, the more alkaline it is. Healthy vaginal pH is around 3.8-4.5. There is a concern that if the pH of the personal lubricant does not match this, a lubricant could disturb the balance of the healthy vaginal flora.
THIS IS WHY A NON-TOXIC LUBE IS NEEDED
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Use on your own, with a partner, or after bathing to treat dryness anywhere on the body. This is a great tool for treating vaginal dryness, skin dryness or body scarring. It includes 500mg of CBD Topical for an ultra healing touch. Safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding.
K E Y I N G R E D I E N T S
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Sweet almond oil: Holds vitamins and nutrients that hydrate and stimulate blood flow, while offering long-lasting lubrication and skin protection.
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