Using lube is great when you are dry down there or want to get a little wild and wet. There might be times when sex is on your mind and you are running out of lube. But this does not mean that you should use other things as a substitute for lube. Some slippery substances can contain allergens that can deteriorate your skin and can interfere with condoms. Avoid using food products as lube, like olive oil as its repeated usage in the vagina can cause problems such as yeast infections or bacterial vaginosis. Here are 6 things you should never use as a lube.
Coconut oil can deteriorate latex in the condom which can make it break. And this can lead you to contract an STI or having an unwanted pregnancy. Any oil based lube can interfere with latex condoms.
This makes for a terrible lubricant. It is not that slippery which is why for most women it is not effective. And since it is not specifically formulated for vaginal use, there are chances that it can irritate your vagina.
It is wet, so you might think to use it as a lube. But it is not slippery enough to be effective lube. Plus it can also lead to the transmission of STDs and can create infection into your vagina.
It looks like lube, but Vaseline’s petroleum base can lead to infection. Using petroleum jelly as lube can lead to bacterial vaginosis. It can also interfere with the condom.
If you’re using lube on a regular basis, make sure it’s been tested for vaginal use. And if you use condoms, it’s essential to stick with water-based lubes and buy lubricated condoms for backup, just in case.