Lube can be a great addition to sex for pleasure, decrease duration, or aid in vaginal dryness. There are so many different choices that it can be hard to find one that will work for your needs.
Our hormone fluctuations during pregnancy, after delivery and while pumping or breastfeeding can make things a little drier, even if you are mentally and emotionally ready to go. Although vaginal dryness is very common, pain with intercourse is not and could be a sign that you would benefit from an evaluation by a pelvic floor PT.
It goes without saying, but staying well hydrated will help keep all your tissues lubricated and encourage optimal blood flow. This will also help you feel better in general.
Using a lubricant can reduce tissue irritation, tearing and dryness. Products should be paraben, glycerin, petroleum and fragrance free, pH balanced, come with low osmolality, and should not cause burning or discomfort. And remember – anything that glitters, sparkles, tingles or smells should not go on your vagina!
You can also use vitamin E oil or coconut oil daily to help hydrate, then use a water based lubricant during intercourse. If you opt to use coconut oil or any oil-based lubricant for intercourse, condoms are at a risk of tearing and can be ineffective.
Read on for some tried and true lubricants that are made with natural and organic ingredients that are specifically formulated to match the pH of your vagina to eliminate irritation during or after sex. All of these lubes are also condom safe. Always check with your OB or midwife before resuming sex postpartum.
Maude Shine Organic
Maude Shine Organic is another naturally hydrating, aloe-based lube. It is organic, pH-balanced and free from parabens and glycerin. The product markets itself as safe to use when TTC.
Good Clean Love Almost Naked
Good Clean Love’s products are made with organic ingredients. This one is also water based and is pH-balanced. It’s made with aloe vera, lemon and vanilla.
Yes Yes Yes Water Based Organic Lubricant
This one is also made from organic aloe vera, plus organic flax, among other ingredients. It also has citric acid to help balance pH and is hypoallergenic.
Sliquid Organic Lubricating Gel
Like the others, this product is also aloe vera based and water soluble. It is 100% vegan friendly and 95% organic. It’s nontoxic, hypoallergenic and pH balanced.
No matter which product you choose, all of the above are great. If you try them and for whatever reason, they don’t work for you, or you’re experiencing pain with sex, consult with your doctor and a pelvic health physical therapist. Vaginal dryness is very common. Pain with sex is also common, but not normal and should be addressed so you can have a healthy and enjoyable sex life!
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Janelle Trippany PT, DPT, PRPC, CLT is pelvic floor physical therapist in Seattle, WA where she lives and works with her husband and little boy. She is passionate about providing personalized care through every stage of a woman’s life, whether that’s during pregnancy or the postpartum period and beyond. She aims to make every treatment session friendly and comfortable and works to empower women in their healthcare journey. When not working, she loves hiking, camping and exploring the beautiful beaches of the PNW.
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