5 Shockingly Terrible Ways the Wrong Lube Can Put Your Life at Risk

As the world takes a shift towards healthier living, you may want to think about making your sex life following en suite. You’ve already eliminated the cancer-causing plastics from your Tupperware drawer and the harmful toxins from your foods for fear of the harm they can cause. However, if you haven’t swapped out your toxic adult toys and chemical induced lubricants for edible nontoxic lubes, you’re still putting harmful chemicals in your body.

 

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Using the wrong lube can break down the vaginal barriers that protect your body

It’s amazing how efficient the vagina is at fighting off infection, bacteria, illnesses, and diseases; all thanks to its powerful barrier. Unfortunately, traditionally hyperosmolar lubricants break down that barrier, exposing your lady bits to all types of danger.
Now, you may be thinking that you’ll just avoid hyperosmolar lubricants but that’s close to impossible as most sexual lubricants (aside from non-toxic lubes) are hyperosmolar. Plus, once the vaginal barrier is broken down – it’s gone and you’re wide open to all kinds of infections, illnesses and diseases – pardon the pun. So, your best option is to stop using hyperosmolar lubricants immediately and swap them out for nontoxic lubes before the damage goes beyond repair.

“Virtually all hyperosmolar lubricants need to be reformulated… Normally the mucosal lining of the vagina is a good barrier to infection all by itself, but when that barrier gets compromised, all bets are off.”
-Richard Cone, biophysicist Johns Hopkins

Toxic sexual lubricants increase risk of HIV

You spend a significant amount of time taking care of yourself and practicing safe sex, but even the safest sex may not be enough if you’re not using non toxic lubricants.
Hyperosmolar lubes have been linked to causing damage in the colon which studies have linked to being a potential implication for HIV transmission.

Hyperosmolar lubes increase your risk of chlamydia and gonorrhea

Due to the epithelium damage in the rectal and cervical tissue that is caused from hyperosmolar lubes (as mentioned previous), you’re also at a higher risk for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Several studies were presented at the Microbicides 2010 Conference that linked these lubricants to a higher vulnerability of contracting a number of sexually transmitted infections; chlamydia and gonorrhea are to name a few.

You’re receiving the potential side effects of each toxin

If that wasn’t enough to encourage you to eliminate the toxic lubricants from your sexual fun, grab one of your bottles of lube. Take a look at the ingredients and conduct research on the side effects of every ingredient listed. Now, those are all the risks you’re subjecting to yourself every time you use them. We would list them here but this article would never end. Chemicals have a long list of potential side effects.

Hyperosmolar lubes are dangerous for men too
You may be thinking about replacing the sexual lubes you use but allowing your man to use up the other ones. However, hyperosmolar lubes are just as dangerous for women as men. Although the lubes aren’t necessarily being penetrated into them (depending on what they like), they’re still subjecting themselves to serious toxins and all the side effects mentioned.

It’s scary to think about the harm hyperosmolar lubes can do but fortunately, you don’t have to use them nor do you have to sacrifice your level of pleasure. Nontoxic lubricants have come a long way. They’re slippery and safe, free of chemicals and toxins, and won’t break down your vaginal barrier or subject you to serious diseases. So, clear out your sex storage box right now and replace your traditional lubes with nontoxic varieties. Your sex life and health will appreciate it.

Chantal McCulligh

Chantal McCulligh

Chantal is the kind of girl who does it all. She’s a freelance writer, marketer, social media manager, and mental health advocate, with a burning desire to share her love, life, experience, and knowledge with the world. With her words, she hopes to inspire everyone to achieve their dreams and overcome their struggles – even in between the sheets.
Chantal McCulligh