Coconut oil is proven to be safe to use on the body, although there is no specific research on the safe usage of coconut oil as a personal lubricant.
Let’s address these pressing questions and figure out if coconut oil is safe to use as an all-natural vaginal lubricant.
Coconut oil is an internet sensation. Over the years, it has gained popularity for its use as an all-natural skin moisturizer, hair oil, lip balm, and stretch mark savior. And now, it’s all hailed as the perfect sexual lubricant.
Some people prefer to use plant-based oils as all-natural lubricants as opposed to commercial lubricants that often have parabens, dyes, and perfumes. Solid until heated (by body heat), coconut oil has a slick, silky smooth texture on the skin. Perfect for moisturizing or lubricating (insert winky emoji here). However, it does raise a bit of concern that you can roast potatoes and lubricate with the same product. So, is using this multifaceted plant oil in such a delicate place safe or doctor recommended? Let’s find out.
Well, the jury is still out. The information available on the efficacy of coconut oil used as a sexual lubricant is largely anecdotal. This is because there is a lack of scientific research that focuses on the vaginal application of coconut oil. We do know, however, from less specific studies, that coconut oil is safe to use on the body. To be safe, before using coconut oil on your delicate areas, make sure to patch test.
Discontinue use if after patch testing you experience any of the following:
While we cannot lean on scientific evidence (because of the lack of research), we can highlight gynecologists and their experiences with coconut oil.
Women's health physician Sherry Ross MD, says “Coconut oil is a natural, preservative-free, and cost-friendly lubricant”. Michigan based Obstetrics and Gynecology physician Nancy Herta used to recommend olive oil to her patients as a natural lubricant. She says “..but I now recommend coconut oil”. Obstetrics and Gynecology physician Jennifer Landa, MD. told Health “One of my favorite natural lubricants is extra virgin coconut oil”. Integrative Gynecology physician Tracy Scheller, MD “If someone wants something all organic, just go for a natural product like organic coconut oil”.OB/GYN Dr. Anna Cabeca raves about coconut oil, named her “favorite lubricant” and vaginal dryness saving grace.
Proven to help restore the skin barrier, coconut oil also boasts antifungal, and antimicrobial properties -- so much so that this plant oil can also fight yeast infections and urinary tract infections.
In a volume and longevity comparison, a jar of extra virgin, all organic coconut oil is a very economical purchase compared to a commercial lubricant. Because it’s an oil, a little bit goes a very long way. You can expect to spend 10-12 bucks on a good jar of coconut oil, and it will last quite a while.
If you’re prone to blushing while the checkout clerk rings up your delicates, coconut oil is beyond stealthy. Heck, throw it in with your weekly food shop and no one will bat an eye.
Oil-based lubricants last longer than water-based lubricants. Water-based products tend to dry out long before an oil-based product. This will cut down on the amount of product you’ll need, and it won’t cut into the heat of “the moment” as much.
Double duty, coconut oil can act as a sexual lubricant and be used to treat and relieve the everyday discomfort of vaginal dryness.
Here are a few things to consider if you want to try coconut oil as a personal lubricant.
A word of caution to those using latex-based condoms. Coconut oil (and ANY oil-based lube) can breakdown diaphragms and condoms and cause breakage in latex contraceptives. This can introduce unwanted effects such as STIs, or unwanted pregnancies.
A word of caution to those trying to get pregnant. Because of the thickness and antimicrobial properties of coconut oil, it might make sperm travel and survival more challenging. Dr. Joanna Ellington says "Coconut oil has been shown to decrease sperm motility in animal models." If you are trying to conceive, you might want to skip coconut oil as a sexual lubricant.
Consider your vaginal PH. An important player in vaginal health is vaginal bacteria: vaginal flora. When anything makes contact with a vulva or a vagina, PH levels can be affected. Coconut oil as a lube might affect your vaginal PH. However, any lubricant can have an effect. (Shifting hormones, antibiotics, a tampon, finger, penis or tongue will too.) Keep your PH in mind when anything comes in contact with your vulva or vagina. If you find that coconut oil does not combine well with your personal PH, ditch the stuff and try something else. However, short-term unbalanced PH is not always something to be scared of, and usually quickly rebounds after the lubricant is cleared.
Allergies. If you have a coconut allergy, do not use coconut oil topically or orally.
Here are a few things to look for when shopping for coconut oil.
If you are in the market for a lubricant just for ease and functionality, talk to your doctor about natural alternatives that they recommend to their patients. If you are looking for a vaginal dryness remedy, here are some alternatives you can explore with your doctor: