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  • Women, changes & lubrication

    1 posts, 1 voices, 380 views, started Nov 26, 2008

    Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2008 by Rebecca Deos


    • Aquamarine

      One issue of getting older and entering into perimenopause is sex and lubrication. As our estrogen levels change, vaginal dryness occurs more often, especially when coupled with antibiotics, birth control pills and certain times of our mentraul cycles.

       While it is a natural part of our aging bodies, there is sometimes a stigma attached to lubrication for sex. In reality, it is simply another milestone, that when crossed, wasn’t the big issue we thought it was. The reward is greater than the fear or stigma we attached to it. With so many lubricants on the market, and different types, here is a primer.

       Personal lubricants come in three varieties, water based, silicone based, and oil based.

       For most uses, a water based lubricant is the best choice. Water based lubricants are safe to use in and around the vagina, and are safe with condoms and adult toys.  

       Oil based lubricants should be avoided around the vagina as they leave a film that could allow bacteria and germs to flourish.

       The newest type of lubricant is silicone based, which does not break down in water, but is soap and water cleanup and is considered a more heavy duty lube for activities that would include water, or where long lasting lubrication is needed. Silicone lubricants can have a negative effect on other silicone based items, as they can cause them to break down. They are safe for vaginal use, and many lubricants and now hybrid water/silicone types that offer a longer lasting alternative to water based.

       One other issue is the use of glycerin in lubricants. Glycerin breaks down to a form of sugar, and if you are prone to yeast infections or UTI’s, the fermentaion of glycerin can bring on a yeast infection.

       There are a variety of glycerin free, water based lubricants on the market, and most big box drug stores now carry a larger variety of lubricants available than ever before.

       And if we can accept the use of lubricants as a positive health related item, after just a few uses, you can remove the stigma, accept the changes in our bodies, and reap the benefits.


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