Vaginal dryness is one of the major reasons a lubricant is a great addition to bedroom games. When a woman’s special place lacks moisture it causes friction during intercourse and this can be painful, leading to a reduced interest in sex. Gladly, there are several remedies for this issue. Is Vaseline one of them? You’ll soon find out.
What causes of vaginal dryness?
Are lubricants helpful?
When the vagina is dry during sexual intercourse it becomes painful because the friction causes tiny tears that could get infected. This also reduces sexual satisfaction and could ultimately lead to low libido. Lubricants get rid of the dryness and friction, eliminating pain and increasing pleasure in the process. That’s a pretty good deal, right?
Is Vaseline a good lubricant?
Here are some key reasons why Vaseline shouldn’t be on your lube list…
1. Vaseline may increase your risk of infection
Petroleum jelly doesn’t just dry out and is insoluble in water making it hard to wash off. This might attract bacteria to stick around for more than just a friendly chat. They stick to the vaginal wall and the vulval tissue and this can lead to a bacterial infection.
Bacterial vaginosis has been found to occur more often in women who use Vaseline as a lubricant. Unless you don’t mind scratching your nether region everywhere you go, then save the Vaseline for your skin where it belongs.
2. Vaseline weakens condoms
Are you ready to be a parent? Then knock yourself out but if the intent is to avoid unplanned pregnancy and STDs then it’s good to know that Vaseline and latex do not agree. So if you plan to use a latex condom then avoid Vaseline. The mineral oils in petroleum jelly reacts with latex and the condom could burst.
So what are your options?
There are many over the counter lubricants available and suitable for sexual intercourse.
1. Silicon-based lubricants
The main advantage of this type of lubricant is the fact that it stays longer and you wouldn’t need to reapply before every round if you’re the multi-rounds type.
2. Water-based lubricants
These are considered the best lubricants because they don’t stain your sheets and feel the most natural. They wash off easily and work best with condoms.
In conclusion, Vaseline is cheap and very available so it’s easy to fall into the temptation of grabbing it off the shelf and using it as a lubricant. But the manufacturer didn’t design it to be for sexual use. It is for “external use only.” So opt for more suitable options.
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