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Loveologist: Danger in Lubrication

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Loveologist: Danger in Lubrication

I get questions about lubrication frequently, as it is one of the most widely used sexual enhancement products on the market with an estimated 80 percent of the adult population reportedly using personal lubricants.  This percentage has been steadily increasing, thanks in part to the extensive advertising budgets that several multinational companies have put into normalizing both the need and acceptance of personal lubricants.

This increased awareness and education however is double edged sword,  however because according to two recently released studies at the Microbicides 2010 conference, the leading brand name products on the market may well be causing more harm than good.

I am not that surprised that science has begun to prove what  I have known for years:  that the petrochemical and preservative base of the majority of personal lubricants in the OTC market are toxic.  It is old news, but worth repeating that several  large studies have demonstrated that the  three leading personal lubricant  brands essentially kill sperm viability, with  ZERO motility after 30 minutes of exposure.

This month, studies have gone farther and shown that  these same top selling products including (Astroglide, Elbow Grease, ID Glide, and K-Y Jelly]  have been shown to  damage rectal and vaginal tissue, thereby increasing vulnerability to a number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including chlamydia and gonorrhea.

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Wendy Strgar

Wendy Strgar, founder and CEO of Good Clean Love, is a loveologist who writes and lectures on Making Love Sustainable, a green philosophy of relationships which teaches the importance of valuing the renewable resources of love, intimacy and family.  In her new book, Love that Works: A Guide to Enduring Intimacy,  she tackles the challenging issues of sustaining relationships and healthy intimacy with an authentic and disarming style and simple yet innovative adviceIt has been called "the essential guide for relationships."  The book is available on ebook.  Wendy has been married for 27 years to her husband, a psychiatrist, and lives with their four children ages 13- 22 in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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3:38PM PST on Jan 1, 2011

Good thing I've never used any yet. I'll know not to in the future, as well! Thanks!

4:29PM PDT on Aug 22, 2010

I was told many years [over 15] ago during a child birth class, only use oils you would eat, cooking grade with no additives, been using grapseed oil ever sence, much cheaper to.

3:54AM PDT on Aug 3, 2010

You have to be so careful about what you put inside your body - no matter which orifice it enters by!

8:33PM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

It would have been nice if the article would have listed some natural alternatives. But then, of course, Ms Strgar was flogging her own line of products....

6:45PM PDT on Jul 8, 2010

noted thks.

9:31PM PDT on Jun 26, 2010

Thanks for the interesting article. I will keep this in mind for the future...

8:14PM PDT on Jun 22, 2010

Wow. Never even thought about it. Shpanx!

6:16PM PDT on Jun 17, 2010

Natural coitus between healthy, willing partners produces suitable secretions (please note I may have been violated in sleep, but beyond this suspicion I have, and I am no expert, I myself have never engaged in any form of coitus till this present age of 32, my knowledge derives from textbooks

2:12PM PDT on Jun 16, 2010

Wow, i thiought i was nuts for becoming convinced my lube was giving me yeast infections and resultant burning. Now i know better! It really was the lube.

Back to the sunflower oil!

8:58PM PDT on Jun 14, 2010

Erin - wouldn't jojoba oil be better? I understand it's the best for human skin.
Or are you supposed to avoid using it undiluted? I forget.

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