What are vaginal lubricants?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Vaginal dryness is widely prevalent among aging women, and is a notorious libido killer. The common treatment, petroleum-based lubricant, is often gloppy and sticky. A silicone lubricant is a slicker alternative to dealing with dryness. It’s less messy and lasts longer. With prices starting as low as $10, this is a simple and affordable solution.

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Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Vaginal lubricants are available over-the-counter and come in a variety of forms that can be used for immediate relief of vaginal dryness during intercourse. Vaginal dryness is most common in postmenopausal women, although it can happen at any age.

Vaginal lubricants can immediately treat vaginal dryness for several hours after application. They come in several forms: water-based, silicone-based and oil-based. Oil-based lubricants should not be used with condoms, as they can deteriorate the latex the condom is made of. Examples of brand name vaginal lubricants include Astroglide and K-Y jelly.

Before using a vaginal lubricant, consult your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not use a vaginal lubricant if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any of the ingredients on the label. Making your own lubricant out of household substances such as petroleum jelly or cooking oil is not recommended, as they have been known to deteriorate condoms and cause bacterial infections in the vagina.

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