Happy Valentine’s Day! This Valentine’s Day PSA is how to navigate the world of personal lubricants!
As simple as a lube product may seem, it is important to inform yourself on what to look for when searching for the best product for YOU!
Let’s discuss the uses of personal lubricants, additives to avoid, pH and osmolality to consider, and the 3 types of lube. A quick(ish) guide to LUBE.
For one, dryness and friction are never fun especially when it comes to intimacy. Whether with a partner, using a toy, or even just going solo, lack of lubrication can really be a buzzkill. Personal lube products can help to make everything glide and slide and can be an easy/cheap addition to add more pleasure to your sex life!
Fun Fact: Vaginal lubrication occurs naturally but is NOT always linked to the degree of arousal. Meaning, you can be aroused and not naturally produce lubrication OR you can be completely unaroused and produce natural lubrication. Every “body” is different and lubrication levels can be impacted by age, pregnancy, hormone levels and are influenced by stress, alcohol, dehydration, medications, and smoking. Lube can help off-set the uncomfortable dryness you may feel with intimacy!
Now let’s dive into the items to be checking when making your next lube purchase!
Check the labels and avoid these!
Our natural pH level should be matched in the products we use internally and externally!
Anal: look for products with pH between 5.5-7
I know it seems a little scientific but it means how much substance is dissolved in another substance. For what we are talking about, let’s think of how much substance dissolved compared to water. This is important on how it impacts our natural homeostasis of the vaginal/anal canal!
High Osmolality: If more substance is dissolved in water (think of very salty water). If a product has high osmolality the vaginal canal has to release its own moisture. This can lead to dryness and increases risk of infection in the canal.
Low Osmolality: If less substance is dissolved in water (think of mildly salted water). If a product has low osmolality it has less risk of irritating vaginal tissue!
An ideal level to look for in a product according to the World Health Organization (WHO) is a product less than 1200 mOsm/kg.
For pregnancy and individuals trying to get pregnant look into products to make sure they are approved for pregnancy/do not inhibit fertility. If you have questions or concerns about the products you are using, reach out to your OBGYN!
Natalist: FDA approved
Uber Lube: FDA Condom Safe
Foria: CBD infused coconut oil
As always, if you have questions and want to chat please reach out! I offer free 15-min consults to help you figure out if pelvic floor PT is right for you!