Food fads come and go and one particular edible has become the hottest trend around for bedroom pleasure, not the dinner table. Lovers everywhere are reaching for coconut oil to enjoy smoothest moves between the sheets when a little lubricating help is desired. Coconut oil is one of nature’s most effective lubricants but there are a couple precautions to keep in mind for safest tropical-themed sexual pleasure.
Why Coconut Oil?
- The American consumer is becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of synthetic chemicals in our foods and personal care products. Synthetic chemical ingredients often come in clusters, which can overtax the immune system. They’re irritating, too, and may cause allergic reactions, especially when applied to delicate body parts.
- Coconut oil is its only ingredient and it’s made by Mother Nature, not an agricultural or pharmaceutical industrial giant. Natural products are less likely to cause harm and, in the case of coconut oil, it smells great without synthetic fragrances that mask noxious chemical odors.
- Its low melting point means coconut oil becomes easier to apply as your body heats up. It’s an ideal sexual lubricant but it makes a full-body massage a tropical delight, too.
- Even better? Coconut oil costs a lot less than chemical-based drug-store lubricants.
Who Needs Lube?
There are many reasons why someone might want to try lubricants to enhance sexual pleasure:
- Just because!
- A spike in sexual activity — Honeymooning? Baby making? — can irritate tender genital tissues but a little-added lubrication might prolong the fun and games.
- Fluctuating hormones during the menstrual cycle or pregnancy can cause vaginal dryness.
- Minor irritations such as yeast and urinary tract infections can cause temporary genital discomfort.
- Some medications, including contraceptives, cause dryness, too.
- Skinny jeans, pantyhose, and constricting undies sometimes cause minor pain that lubricant can soothe.
- Some chronic medical conditions affect vaginal lubrication.
- Vaginal dryness is a common side effect of medical and natural menopause.
- Stress is not sexy and can wreck sexual pleasure.
- Latex condoms don’t hold up against oil-based lubricants, even when the oil is 100% natural, like coconut oil. If using condoms for pregnancy or STD prevention, choose polyurethane instead.
- If pregnancy is desired, coconut oil and other sexual lubricants might alter vaginal pH enough to harm healthy sperm. Reach for a specially formulated fertility-friendly lubricant instead.
- Coconut oil has natural antimicrobial properties. It might eliminate just enough yeast or other microbes to keep pesky itches at bay. It might also eliminate enough beneficial microbes that new itches develop. A quick clean-up of any lubricant is good for genital health.
- Test for possible allergic reactions before giving in to a coconut-enhanced moment of wild abandon. Apply a little coconut oil to someplace not as delicate as the lady parts, like the wrist or elbow and wait 24 hours to make sure nothing develops. Test your lover’s ability to safely tolerate it, too. Do this for any lubricants that tempt you. If the test area remains clear after 24 hours, let loose.
Sources: Fowler, Paige. "Is Coconut Oil the New Lube?" Shape Magazine Mar. 2015. Meredith Corporation. Web. 18 Aug. 2015.
"The CSPH Guide to Lube." CSPH / The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health. The Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health, 2015. Web. 18 Aug. 2015.