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.