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5 Bad Sex Lubricant Ingredients
Sex is an activity that people are always trying to improve. Whether it’s sex toys, or other enhancers, men know that lube makes sex better. In fact, several credible sex studies have confirmed that lubricant can make for more pleasurable sex for men AND women. But not all lubricants are created equal, some containing ingredients that can harm you.
Spontaneous, rough sex can be thrilling, but when a dry penis skin rubs on equally dry skin of a partner, some of those sensitive cells are scraped away, and the pain left behind can be considerable. Nobody wants that, nobody. A proper lubricant can smooth the path of entry, allowing a man to enjoy his time, without experiencing pain in the days that follow. To that point, avoid soaps and toothpaste as alternatives.
There are a few factors that should be considered if you decide to use oil as a lubricant. The pH and bacteria levels of the vagina are very sensitive and it is important to choose products that will not disrupt that. In particular, women are susceptible to bacteria getting introduced into the urethra (which is where urine comes out) from small amounts of fecal matter located near the anus. This can easily be done by accident as they are so close in proximity.
Some products may be convenient to use, but they can cause more trouble than they are worth, read the label and avoid these ingredients in your sex lube:
So while you should avoid the four options above, personal lubricants can also allow sex sessions to last just a little longer. Also, it’s looking like the tide is turning on parabens which can be absorbed into the bloodstream when used. Health issues that have been linked to parabens include heightened allergic reactions such as rosacea and dermatitis and a decreased sperm count in men.
Propylene glycol is another ingredient that may cause burning or tissue irritation in some men and women. Astroglide, a common over-the-counter lubricant, contains this ingredient.
Finally, silicone oils may have toxic side effects, and as with petroleum-based products, they may coat your skin, affecting its normal functions and permeability. Silicone can have many names on product labels, including dimethicone, highly polymerized methyl polysilozane, methyl polysiloxane, mirasil DM 20, and viscasil 5M.
So read the label on every product you put on or near your genitals. And when in doubt, go to the manufacturer’s website to get answers. Remember, water-based lubricants are also recommended with latex condoms over oil based lubricants.
Walker Tisdale III, MPH, MA is the Executive Editor of Healthyblackmen.org. He resides in Atlanta, GA.