Lube and why you need to check the label

Lube has got a pretty bad rep. Well, everything related to sex has a pretty bad rep in this society, but lube particularly so. I don’t know whether it’s because people think that women should be capable of being wet at the drop of a hat on a 24/7 basis or just because people get nervous talking about bodily functions. Either way, it carries with it a massive stigma that means a lot of people are embarrassed to buy it, let alone whip it out in the bedroom. For the sake of orgasms everywhere, that’s something that needs to stop.

If you’ve never used the stuff before, then forget what your pride is trying to tell you because it’s going to change your life. Or at least your sex life. Not only does extra slide make for a more pleasurable experience all round, but the lack of resistance makes it less likely that you will experience the pure fear of a broken condom. Plus, if you know what it feels like to have a bladder that is akin to the fiery pits of hell, you’ll be happy to know that a smoother experience can help to lower the chance of contracting a UTI. Win, win, win. 


But before you get too excited (and trust me, I don’t blame you), there are some things that it’s important to know about the world of lubricants before you dive right on in. The truth is, lube isn’t the most comprehensive thing to buy and I think there’s a lot of confusion surrounding it. The thing that worries me most though is that it’s pretty common for people to buy lubes without even checking the ingredients list. And sometimes there isn’t even an ingredients list to check! Whilst I would like to be able to tell you that you can trust all of the big companies out there, sometimes you really can’t.

The mucous membranes that can be found in the vagina are a type of semi-permeable tissue and, since they don’t have a protective layer, they can very easily be irritated or permeated. As I’ve said before in regards to conventional sanitary products, if you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, then you probably don’t want it anywhere near your genitals. Which is why knowing what is in your lube is so important. A lot of the products that are on the market contain a whole host of ingredients that are not good for the natural balance of your vagina. Glycerin is often used in order to make lubricants more slippery, however, since it’s a sugar alcohol it can lead to abnormal bacterial growth. That means a higher risk of yeast infections and UTIs. Many companies also add parabens in order to prolong the shelf life of their product, but they are thought to disrupt hormones due to the way that they mimic estrogen. Finally, a lot of lubes are not PH balanced. The vagina is a sensitive ecosystem that has a PH of around 3.8, meaning that it is slightly acidic. By throwing this balance off you risk thrush, bacterial vaginosis, and UTIs. I’m sure we can all agree that none of those are all that pleasurable.

Basically, the moral of the story is to always know what is in your lube if you care about your vagina. Lack of transparency in the industry is a real problem, which is why I would highly recommend the brand YES*. Not only do they comprehensively list all of their ingredients on each of their products, but you can be damn sure you won’t find any glycerin or parabens and that they are PH balanced. As if you needed another reason to invest, they are also certified as organic. These are lubes that have actually been created with vagina-havers in mind, so you get all of the pleasure without any of the itchy repercussions. And no matter what your situation, they will have the lube for you, be it water based (condom friendly), oil based (not condom friendly) or anal lubricant. Trust me when I say that they are just the kind of friend you need on your bedside table.

You can thank me later.

*I was sent PR YES samples, however, all opinions are my own and I have been using the brand since before I received the samples.


6 comments:

  1. I never knew this!! Definitely going to be checking in the future, especially as I've struggled with some of these things before. Thank you Bethany!!!xx

    Lucy x | lucy-cole.co.uk

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  2. This is such a good post - I had absolutely know idea about 1 the benefits of using lubricant and 2 the dangers of what the ingredients can do! That saying about if you wouldn't put it in your mouth don't put it in your genitals is actually really thought-provoking and so true! Thanks for the advice, very good to know!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

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    1. Thanks Josie! Yay for the lube revolution haha! x

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  3. Last year I was on a huge hunt for vegan Lube and once I finally found it in Ann Summers I stick to that one because it is completely organic and has no parabens or glycerine in it. From my research I've found that most vegan lubes are better for you because many of the bad stuff they put in normal lubes are animal derived.

    Marbl☾☽Moon

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    1. What an amazing tip! I'll definitely keep that in mind in the future, thanks lovely! x

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