You Put Coconut Where?

By now, I’m sure you’re aware of the coconut oil revolution. It has been popularized in every arena at this point. Health food advocates everywhere are substituting coconut oil in place of not as nutritious traditional oils (i.e. vegetable, canola, etc.) during cooking. Natural hair goddesses utilize its deep conditioning properties for hair styling and moisturizing. Many lotions and body butters even contain the coveted ingredient. This might be bigger than the Argan oil craze! But coconut oil has officially taken it to the next level; recently gynecologists are condoning its use for sexual lubricant.

Photo courtesy of Organic Facts Services Pvt Ltd.

Photo courtesy of Organic Facts Services Pvt Ltd.

Photo courtesy of Organic Facts Services Pvt Ltd.

In the past, we’ve been told to stay away from oil-based lubricants due to their tendency to disrupt a woman’s natural pH levels and cause yeast infections. However, many gynecologists and sex therapists argue that it is more effective at lubrication than water-based formulas which may be beneficial for women who need more assistance in that area. The reason being is that oil has a thicker viscosity than water which makes it last longer and thus requires less application in smaller amounts. Coconut oil is also a natural antifungal agent so it could actually assist in preventing yeast infections, unlike other oils. That being said, too much of anything can be a bad thing so don’t slather coconut oil on your lady parts like it’s Vagisil because that could have an adverse effect.

If you’re considering trying coconut oil in the bedroom there are some things you need to take into account first. Before anything, find out if you or your partner is allergic to coconuts! I know it sounds silly but a lot of people won’t think of that simply because it is being applied topically and not ingested. If you’re allergic to coconuts that would not only be a total mood-killer, it could also be extremely dangerous. Another thing to consider is how this could affect condom use. All oils tend to threaten the integrity of condoms, making them ineffective so make sure you talk with your partner about alternative birth control and safe sex practices. Recent studies have shown that most lubes – oil or water-based – reduce sperm’s ability to navigate towards the ovum, however, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still use an alternative method.

As with all things in sex, there is a great amount of trial and error involved. It may not be the lube for you, but it is certainly worth trying. When choosing coconut oil as a sex aid, opt for brands that contain no additives or preservatives. Your best bet is to check out an organic grocery store or pharmacy but if these aren’t accessible just peep the ingredients: the only thing listed should be raw coconut oil.

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Article by Eboni Gadson

(@EbAfterDark)

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