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Women and Lubricants: Which Product Is Best For You?

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Some women feel very self-conscious when talking about sex and talking about lubrication. Not only do they feel self conscious about talking about it, they feel uncomfortable even using it. And because of this, they will continue to be uncomfortable when it comes to sex with their spouse or partner. So let’s start talking about it.

There are many types and brands of lubricants out there but the main factors women should consider are water-based lubricants vs. petroleum-based lubricants.

Some prefer water-based lubricants over petroleum-based lubricants as petroleum-based products may cause and/or create a breeding ground for bacterium. You also want to use a product that is very close to a women’s natural lubricant. Some lubricants are stringy, which may seem off-putting, but that's very similar to your body.

There are many reasons why women may need to use lubricants. Women may need to use lubricants during pregnancy or after childbirth. Women may need to use lubricants while nursing or if you are dealing with stress or going through postpartum depression.

Understand that you are not at fault when it comes to your body not being able to naturally lubricate itself. Natural or environmental situations may prevent natural lubrication. But the one thing you should know is that this does not have make sex uncomfortable for you.

Read more information about lubricants, talk to your doctor and always read the back of the product you choose to purchase to make sure it is right for you.


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Can lub such as K y and asroglide act as a spermacide? I'm trying to get prego and I heard I should stop using Lub . Any truth to it?

May 12, 2009 - 12:33pm
(reply to Anonymous)

Anon, I was surprised to learn this information! You are right!

A study in 2007 presented at an American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting showed that the three most-popular brands of personal lubricant can decrease sperm's motility or actually hinder conception itself.

The three brands studied were KY Jelly, Astroglide and Replens. They contain glycerin and and propylene glycol, and while those are safe for us, they are not as friendly to sperm.

Here's an article that discusses the study. It also explains how lubricants work and lists some lubricants that are more sperm-friendly:


Good luck with trying to get pregnant!

(I should make sure to say, however, that people who DON'T want to be pregnant shouldn't see lubricants as birth control. Sperm are determined little creatures, and serious pregnancy prevention requires safe sex -- condoms, birth control, or both.)

May 14, 2009 - 8:45am
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