The problems with lubricants during intimacy.
The average age for onset of menopause is 51 and menstruation stops between 45-55. One of the most common signs and side effects of going through menopause is vaginal dryness. As many as 90% of women don’t seek treatment for their symptoms, which also includes irritation and pain during sexual intercourse. A common solution to this problem is for women/couples to use lubrication.
Unfortunately, researchers are becoming increasingly concerned about the potential longer term health effects of exposure to these products.
Here is a list of the concerns with many lubricants found on the market:
Chlorhexidine Gluconate: this chemical is used as a disinfectant; however, it also can kill strains of lactobacillus, which is a very important balancing bacteria for the pH of women.
Parabens: These chemicals are also used as preservatives, but they can cause irritation of vaginal mucous membranes, and parabens have been linked to fertility problems and endocrine disruption.
pH: The pH of a vaginal lubricant should be between the age of 3.8-4.5, but many of the commercially available lubricants often have pH levels far exceeding 4.5, which can increase the risk of bacterial vaginosis.
Cyclomethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, and cyclotetrasiloxane: These substances are found in silicone-based lubricants and are linked to reproductive harm and uterine cancer in animal studies. No research has ever been done to examine the long term impacts of the exposure to these chemicals in women over a long period of time.
Osmolality: This refers to the substance’s ability to draw moisture out of tissues and cells. Some lubricants have a high osmolality and can result in vaginal tissue shriveling up because the moisture in those cells is pulled out. This process breaks down the mucous membrane barrier and can increase the risk of sexually transmitted infections. (WVE, 2020)
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