There are so many things that have been normalised due to lack of education and information. Sex education is hardly something any Ghanaian, regardless of age, wants to talk about, because of the stigma that comes with these conversations. If you know too much, it means you are a “spoilt” person, if you know too little, you are either pretending or extremely naive.
In both situations, there is no winning. Due to this, there is a lot misinformation out there and people keep engaging in activities that bring them harm in the long terms. Here are 4 items you should not use as a lubricant and why.
1. Lotions and Soaps.
There a several memes concerning the use of vaseline as a lubricant, just because it is a moisturiser. However, these products are not manufactured for internal use. They could affect the vagina’s pH and cause infections such as bacterial vaginosis , especially if they are perfumed products. Cosmetic products also contain parabens, which disrupt hormone function.
About 90% of people are guilty of this. Some people choose to forgo using a lubricant and choose to use saliva because it seems more sensual, however, it only provides a thin barrier, so could lead to painful sex because of inadequate lubrication. It is also said to contain digestive enzymes that could prove dangerous to the ecosystem of sexual organs by introducing yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis and STI’s like gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.
3. Coconut oil and Baby oil.
However how good these products are at hydrating the skin, it is not suitable as a lubricant because it was designed for external use only. It even says so on the bottle of the baby oils. It also has fragrance which could affect the pH of the vagina. You are also at risk of poisoning.
4. Cooling lubricants.
Most people enjoy the cool effect that comes with using these lubes. The cooling effect is caused by menthol or chili, which could damage delicate tissue of the genitals. They also can contain all sorts of chemicals that could be detrimental to your sexual health.