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Green Up Your Sex Life: 10 Tips

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Organic Lubes

Here's something you may not know: Americans spend more than $80 million buying personal lubricants in a year, and your favorite brand may contain some of the same ingredients as fluids in your car. Yikes! Not only are some ingredients in many popular lubes unsafe, but they're also unregulated when it comes to your personal safety, leaving you at risk for bacterial and viral infections.

A study conducted on the safety of popular over-the-counter lubes found that water-soluble Astroglide is toxic to both cervical and rectal cells and tissues and is not friendly to our naturally occurring microorganisms, including Lactobacillus. And KY Jelly isn't looking like a much better option -- it contains chlorhexidine, a disinfectant that you'll also find in mouthwash and soap, and when tested, it killed all the good vaginal flora [source: Dezzutti].

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Instead, look for personal lubricants made with organic or nontoxic alternatives, and types that are free of glycerin and paraben. Most organic and nontoxic lubes are not only people-friendly, but they are eco-, latex-, rubber- and plastic-friendly, too.

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