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Tuesday, 14 February 2012 02:26

5 Effective Vaginal Lubricants

When secretion of the vaginal fluid, which moistens the vagina, falls, an artificial vaginal lubricant is needed to reduce the discomfort, pain and burning sensation that occurs owing to vaginal dryness. Changes in estrogen secretion affect the production of the vaginal fluid.

Vaginal dryness is more common in postmenopausal women. It may even occur during lactation and pregnancy. Antihistamines, birth control pills and contraceptive creams might reduce production of vaginal fluid. Artificial or herbal lubricants are usually used for moistening the dry vagina and reducing the discomfort and irritation associated with the condition.

5 Effective Vaginal Lubricants

5 Effective Vaginal Lubricants

Water Based Lubricants

Most artificial or personal lubricants available for lubricating the vagina are water based. They are safer than the conventional oil based lubricants. There are several advantages of using water-based lubricants. They can be easily flushed out of the body. They are easily available and are less expensive than the silicone based lubricants.

However, certain ingredients in the lubricant might trigger allergic reactions. When used for a long period, lubricants containing preservatives and antiseptics can induce unwanted side effects. The risk of allergic reactions can be reduced by using paraben-free lubricants.

Yeasts feed on sweet substances such as glycerin and sorbitol. Presence of these substances in lubricants increases the risk of yeast infections, especially in women with a history of recurrent fungal infection.

Silicone Based Lubricants

Silicone based lubricants lubricate the vagina for a longer time than the water based lubricants. Dimethicone is the main ingredient in these lubricants. They are best suited for women with sensitive skin.

The large silicon molecules are not absorbed by the skin, which minimizes the risk of allergic reactions. However, silicon lubricants are more expensive than the conventional lubricates.

Some people dislike the feeling of the thick silicon coating in the vagina. Unlike the water-based lubricants, you cannot wash off the silicon lubricant easily. It can be removed only with soap and water.


Comfrey ointments can lubricate the vagina. Women bothered by vaginal dryness can apply comfrey ointment to the vagina, twice a day. Within three weeks, your vagina will become moister and more elastic.

Allantoin, a chemical present in comfrey, supports growth of new cells in the vagina. However, comfrey should be used for a small period. Prolonged use increases the risk of accumulation of toxic chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids in the body, which might damage the liver. Never apply comfrey on broken skin.

Slippery Elm

You can also lubricate the vagina with slippery gel. Mix about 30ml of slippery elm powder is a cup of boiling water. Stir the mixture. After the mixture cools, apply it to the vagina.

The herbal lubricant soothes the dry vagina. Topical application of slippery elm has no serious side effects. However, it should not be applied to open wounds.

Probiotic Capsule

The vagina can also be lubricated by emptying the contents of a probiotic capsule in the vagina. The acidophilus bacteria present in the probiotic capsule maintain the microbial balance in the vagina, minimizing the risk of developing yeast infection.

It is especially beneficial for treating vaginal dryness caused by yeast infection.