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Out of lubes? Don’t even think about using these 7 things as substitutes

Updated on:15 May 2020, 21:38pm IST
If you’ve been thinking of using oils or petroleum jelly as lubes for better sex, then you may want to read this first.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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A DIY lube can also give you an STI. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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There are a lot of ‘oops’ moments when it comes to sex but even after a full-power foreplay session, there are chances that you’ll be all high but still dry down there. Chill, because vaginal dryness happens. 

You must thank your stars that condom companies made lubes to come to your rescue. But, what happens when you are in the middle of action only to find out that you are out of your trust lubes? And, then your first thought is what else to use for the same effect, isn’t it?

But before you do some DIY, we would like to tell you that not all slithery slimy substances can substitute for lubricants. 

According to Dr. Surabhi Siddhartha, who is a consultant obstetrician and gynecologist at Motherhood Hospital in Mumbai, using just about anything oil easily available at your disposal might be a quick fix to your problem, but it can also mess with your vagina. You can get allergies, rashes, redness, and many other medical problems.

Dr Siddhartha says: 

The vaginal wall is very sensitive and you need to be double sure before applying anything to it.

And here are the seven products that according to Dr Siddhartha are definitely no-go when it comes to vaginal lubrication during sexual intercourse:

1. Spit
Well, that’s the one thing that is readily available at your disposal and you don’t give a second thought before applying it. But unfortunately, there are a lot of bacteria that are there in your saliva and there are high chances of getting an infection. “You are most likely to have candidiasis”, says Dr. Siddhartha.

2. Petroleum jelly
According to a study published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, they have clarified that women who use petroleum jelly in their intimate parts have more chances of getting bacterial vaginosis. Plus, it doesn’t go well with condoms. So, it’s always a better idea to avoid it.

“If you are trying to conceive then you should definitely avoid using petroleum jellies since they act as a spermicidal”, warns Dr Siddhartha.

3. Baby oil
This is one of the most commonly used substitutes for lubes but unfortunately, it isn’t safe at all because it can give you a yeast infection. “Baby oils have perfumes and preservatives which can act as an allergen. So, I would say that you should avoid it”, she explains.

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Look for a preservatives free oil. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

4. Water
There is zero moisture available in water and there are higher chances of you getting skin rashes. “Firstly, you need to be sure that the water is clean but the bigger problem here is that it doesn’t stay for long”, informs Dr. Siddhartha.

5. Aloe vera gel
People think that they can go green with aloe vera gel. FYI, that’s not the case. If you have extremely sensitive skin then properties of aloe vera might cause irritation and itchiness down there.

6. Body lotions
Your body lotions are definitely not 100% organic and contain a number of chemicals. Therefore, it is not advisable to use moisture in a sensitive area like your vulva. Plus, these moisturizers are not meant for internal use.

7. Butter
Butter contains salt content which obviously does not make it the right choice to apply it down there. “Butter can mess up the pH balance of your vagina. Also, it is way too greasy and that’s why it can stick to your vaginal walls which can cause more irritation”, warns doctor.

So what should you do then?
“I would say that you can go for virgin coconut oil. Also ensure that it is 100% natural and has no added fragrances. There are many women who deal with vaginal dryness. For them, medicated lubes are readily available, so they should only opt for them,” Dr Siddhartha suggests strongly.

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Go nuts with coconut oil. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

So, it is always better to be prepared before getting into action so that you don’t make any bad moves with substitute lubes that can do more harm than good.

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.