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Is it safe for your vagina to use coconut oil as a lubricant? I'm not concerned about condom use or STIs because I am married and on the pill. I use coconut oil for my hair and skin and I love it. And all kinds of websites are saying to use it as lubricant but is it safe? I don't want a gross infection.

Hi

I haven’t been able to find any studies that have seen if coconut oil is safe to use as a lubricant during sex. This doesn’t mean it is not safe just that no one has studied it yet.

I have heard of people that have used coconut oil during sex and have not had any problems. I can’t see why it would be any different than the other lubricants that are recommended for vaginal sex. 

If using coconut oil as a sexual lubricant just make sure it just has coconut oil in the ingredients. Products used for cooking or skin care may have other ingredients that may irritate that vagina.

People can be allergic to any type of substance, as you have used coconut oil on your hair and skin you should not have a problem. For other people reading this question you can always try a small amount of coconut oil on a patch of skin (inside of the forearm is good for this) on you and your partner to see if you do get a reaction to the oil.

Every vagina is different and some people can use different lubricants and oils and not have a problem with upsetting the vaginal flora, but I have met people at the clinic who have had problems when lubes and oils have gone into the vagina in terms of developing irritations, yeast infections and more commonly bacterial vaginosis. Washing out the vagina (douching) can also cause bacterial vaginosis and is best to avoid this practice. Can be a matter of trying different types of lubes and seeing what works for you.

For people that are using condoms, coconut oil does not go well with latex, best to use water based lube if using a latex condom.

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Health Nurse

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Community comments

madison_gold says:

I wouldn't recommend using coconut oil as lube. The coconut oil (and any oil) will leave a coat inside of your vaginal cavity and won't let your pores breathe. You might notice nothing the first time, but with time you will end up with an infection, trust me. I think you should try a water-based lube, here the best brands: (edited: to remove advertising)

nikkopher says:

DO NOT.. I have, and the after effects was horrible.. a painful itchy vagina.. I am not allergic to coconut oil anywhere on my body but when i used it for lubricant i was miserable afterwards. I do not suggest it.. what happened to me may not happen to anyone else, but, why take that chance?

Anne50 says:

I have used pure organic Coconut Oil as a lubricant for the last 5 years due to vaginal dryness. I am 65 years old, I have had the problem for over 30 years, and tried all the over the counter products and ended up with vaginal dryness, irritation and infections. But, with coconut oil we once again are enjoying our sex life.

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