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Is Your Lubrication Choice Safe and Natural?


Note on Spermicides, and Novelty Brands

Many lubricants used to have some sort of spermicide added into them, and one of the most common was Nonoxynol-9 (N-9). While it was originally marketed to provide protection against HIV, STDs, and becoming pregnant, research by UNAIDS has found that it provides absolutely no protection from any of these when used by itself. N-9 has been shown to cause irritation in women, which is why most manufacturers do not use it anymore. It is only recommended to use spermicides if you are using a diaphragm as your main source of birth control.

Novelty lubes are essentially gimmicks meant to catch consumer attention. You should know that the extra ingredients used to create warming, tingling, glowing, or other sensations are more likely to contain harmful chemicals and can lessen the effect of a product's lubricating properties.

Whatever lube you choose, there are tons of good options on the market now so keep an eye out for water or silicon lubes that meet your needs.


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