What are the risks of using vaginal lubricants?

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If you are experiencing vaginal dryness, using vaginal lubricants prevent painful intercourse and tears in the vaginal walls. This can help reduce the risk of contracting vaginal infections or sexually transmitted diseases such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). However, a recent study presented at the International Microbicides Conference suggests that some vaginal lubricants may increase the risk of chlamydia and gonorrhea. The study found that lubricants that were hyperosmolar (absorbed into body tissue) can cause damage to rectal and vaginal tissue, which increases the risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as gonorrhea. Vaginal lubricants containing glycerin should not be used by women who are prone to yeast infections. Similarly, lubricants that contain perfumes or scents may increase your risk of a urinary tract infection. Look on the ingredients label on your lubricant or check with a pharmacist if you have any questions about ingredients or allergies.

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