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Coconut Oil For Personal Lubrication

Q. You had a reader who wanted to know what to do for vaginal dryness. I’d like to respond.

From my experience, coconut oil is best. It is inexpensive and widely available at health food stores. It comes in a glass jar. Even though it is a bit solid in the jar, when it is allowed to warm to room temperature it easily dissolves into the skin. It is harmless to the tender tissues of the vagina and has antiviral and antibacterial properties that are very helpful.

A. Thanks for the recommendation. We have heard from several women who use olive oil for vaginal lubrication. As coconut oil is edible, it seems it too should be safe. Do keep in mind that oil of any sort is incompatible with latex and should not be used with diaphragms or condoms.

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Start by calling to see who specializes in this area. I use clobetasol ointment twice a day for about a week to get it under control, Then once a day for a week. Then once at night twice a week. Double rinse your cotton underwear. Mix organic virgin coconut oil with vitamin E oil and use it often as you like. If coconut oil does help, use Vitamin E oil and olive oil. I am gonna try some eucerin cream an vitamin E. Use moisturizing oatmeal soap and rinse well. Use hypoallergenic pads, no latex condoms. My doc prescribed gabapentin for the pain. Helps tons. Get checked every six moths because we have 5% chance of getting vaginal cancer which is rare. Cut down on sweets. Make sure you aren’t allergic to something you are eating. Make sure you don’t need estrogen. If you have insurance estring works pretty good. It’s 80% as effective as the creams but less of a problem. If too expensive get something off walmart list. You are not alone. You will get thru this! God bless.

get refined organic coconut oil very soothing.

HELLO! I’m starting to feel the same way about sexual intercourse since I had a hysterectomy around 10 years ago due to large fibroids and excessive hemorrhaging. I opt to just have the uterus and cervix removed my tubes and ovaries were just fine Thank God! Now I’m starting to go through perimenopa use and my vagina has thinned out and we use lubrication and my vagina is starting to feel pressure and pain… Damn what’s a girl too do?
My husband say’s don’t worry about it, but I do…I know sex starts in the brain but damn it ain’t quite working in the body as it once did… I here it could be a combination of psychological and physical… I’m all for natural healing stuff!!! I started eating more omega 3 foods to see if that might thicken my vaginal tissues. Good luck with your situation….Pray!

Hi could you please tell me how the coconut oil is applied. Do you put it inside your vagina as a suppository? Or apply on the outside? Thank you

I use coconut oil for lots of things. I tried using it as lubricant and several time it has caused a yeast infection or heightened my already lurking candida issues. I wasn’t sure at first, but this is the 4th time my symptoms has occured within a coule days of using the cocnut oil.
I am using virgin, cold pressed, unrefined organic.. nothing cheap. I have an overactive immune system and believe to suffer from candida. I can have a few good months without issue, but using this.. for me… messes my bacteria up almost instantly.
It sucks cause I love coconut oil for other things and it’s great as a lubricant. Just not for me. It does have antibacterial and microbial properties, so it seems logical that it can mess with the harmony of your existing bacterias.

I’m not sure why u would take an anti-depressant for vaginal nerve pain. It certainly won’t prevent nerve pain. Have u talked to ur doc about this or seen a neurologist? The drug Neurontin is commonly used to suppress nerve pain. Valium or medical marijuana might also help. Don’t let the docs dissuade you from trying MM or Valium. Basically they are ignorant of what they themselves have not experienced…plus they all just want to cover their own behinds.

Just wanted to clear up the antidepressant for vaginal pain. I, too, took a low dose specific antidepressant for vaginal pain. My pain and irritation was extreme to the point that for several days after intercourse, my whole genital area would be painful and even throb at times. I had to take pain meds to keep it tolerable. I was eventually diagnosed with vulvodynia, and if I haven’t spelled that right I’m sorry, but you can find plenty of info online about it. Hence, the antidepressant (Amytriptaline), which works to reformat the mind out of thinking of pain when intercourse happens. It is used “off label” in this way, and was successful for the most part, in my case. I still suffer from irritation feelings and pain at times, but am on a changed HRT routine, and we use lubricant (as always, never stopped). I am very interested in using coconut oil, because perhaps it will take away that last bit of pain I feel and then we can enjoy our time together for a bit longer.

JED,
Not sure where you get your information from. I suspect it is purely anecdotal. Neurontin and Lyrica are used for nerve pain and have different levels of effectiveness for different people. Cymbalta, an antidepressant, IS used very successfully for some nerve pain. One of the older tricyclic antidepressants, imiprimine AKA Tofranil, was, and occassionally still is, used to treat nerve pain. I have used both for chronic pain related to back and neck injuries.

I have also worked with many people suffering from chronic nerve pain and the antidepressants are effective. Opiates are fine for muscle pain or surgical pain but have had little to no impact on my nerve pain. Valium, along with the other benzos, may help muscle pain but is ineffective with nerve pain except it may help you to relax thereby reducing tension in the area of the pain. The only other thing it will do is make you not care. Keep in mind there is the potential for abuse, dependence and addiction with any of the opiates and any of the benzos.

The jury is still out on medical marijuana although one of my brothers who had terminal brain cancer did rely on weed at the end of his life and it was the only thing that gave him relief. That, however, does not substantiate it’s medical effectiveness and the side effects can be, as with any drug, substantial, i.e., weed makes some people extremely paranoid. In any case, a person with any medical condition should seek the consult of their own physician and certainly not rely on the opinions of commenters in a forum like this. Even if you are a physician, you are not that person’s physician.

I had pelvic radiation for anal cancer which resulted in permanent skin damage throughout my entire rectal area, as well as early menopause and vaginal stenosis. I was using prescription hydrocortisone/pramoxyn creme for my rectum but at $90 even with insurance I decided to try coconut oil.
It’s doing a much better job and I can’t imagine going without it. I was also looking for a lubricant and vaginal moisturizer so I tried CO for that too, with great success and relief! While penetration is still very painful, I am enjoying sexual activity a whole lot more. I hadn’t thought of using it as a suppository but now I’m going to try it.
It’s great to combat vaginal dryness too. And it’s EDIBLE! I tried to find info on the safety of ingesting commercial lubes and – surprise – there is none. I love the taste and smell. My husband is happy too. I also use it to remove makeup and moisturize my entire body. My skin feels soft and looks great for my age. Can’t recommend coconut oil enough! :)

TC,
You may not see this reply since it’s more than a year after your post. At any rate, maybe it will help someone else that comes across this thread.
Your wife should seriously consider seeking a Lyme Literate MD to rule out Lyme Disease (or co-infections) as the cause of her Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a common misdiagnosis (as is MS, CFS, RA, and ALS) for many people suffering from Lyme Disease. Current testing for LD is pitiful at best, and a negative test does NOT rule it out. It is a clinical diagnosis, and it is best to seek a doctor that knows what to look for. Most regular practitioners are clueless about the prevalence of LD, and many times, tell their patients that LD is not in their area (it’s in ALL 50 states.
To locate a LLMD in your area, you should contact the nearest Lyme Association, as doctors that treat Lyme Disease, do not advertise this for a variety of reasons.
I was diagnosed in May 2012 after originally being diagnosed with RA in 2005, and then MS in January 2012. I am on a slow path to recovery, as the longer one has had the infection, the longer it takes to heal!

how did this work out?

Bottom line- over 2 years later – GREAT Lubricant and I swear my wife has less yeast infections. I know this for a fact, bc I am the one who has to go out and buy the medicine at night if she has one.
Virgin, organic, coco oil avalailable in any pharm and a lot of supermarkets.
The original topic/thread here is for dryness, and if you have not tried Virgin COCO oil -woman you are missing out!

M. Allen, most people on here are saying that coconut oil cures or prevents yeast infections. Most of the ones on this thread that have current yeast infections have not tried the coconut oil yet; they were just inquiring. Out of all these posts, there was only one who said she got a yeast infection after using coconut oil. All the others say it has either cured their yeast infection, or they did not get one.

@ Nicole on lichens sclerosus:
I have this skin disorder, and I want you to know I recommend 1) you see an OBGYN trained in vulvovaginal area. This is to get the right diagnosis and thus, the right treatment for symptoms to decrease or go away. Medication can stop lichens from getting worse, and I also see a physical therapist specialized in women’s health to help with pain during sex. Many years passed before I got the right diagnosis. Thankfully, my skin isn’t doing too bad, has improved, and I feel good that I’m moving in the right direction. Go see an expert! Don’t self diagnose!!!

Nicole,
My wife suffers from Lichen Sclerosis and at times it is better than others. It is often missed and misdiagnosed and you are correct, it is forever.
However, we have found great success with treating with acupuncture, but it must be from someone who is very skilled that you trust. We also use supplements based on eastern medicine, Omega supplements and some others.
Don’t give up, but keep seeking solutions. This can be controlled.

How long has your wife had acupuncture? Where are the needles positioned? Thank you

Coconut oil is the best lube ever. Spent big bucks on the best and evco beats it hands down. Plus it’s good for you. Smother and cover!

Actually, coconut oil prevents yeast infections as it destroys the yeasts. Look around at a few other sites; I know there is one that gives an amount, I want to say a teaspoon, that it suggests to take every week or twice a week for several weeks to help clear out any yeasts which are internal.

Hi Anita, Have you tried it already? Virgin Coconut Oil is the best organic treatment as Antifungal and Antibacterial, and can be tried for yeast problems (as proven by other users here). Better not use any scented or flavored, pure is better. However, the coconut smell is nice.
Virgin coconut oil are well spread globally for it’s dietary purpose of cleaning or “healing from within.” It’s edible and normal intake is one tablespoon every meal. Small dosage are recommended on initial intake so as not to disturb your bowel.
They are available at groceries or Health Care Stores.
Nice Day! Cheers.

Yes yes yes. I use coconut oil for extreme dryness on my scrotum…. for years I had still cracking skin that was very unattractive, itchy, and painful. NOTHING worked, or if it cured the dryness caused unbearable itching or stung…. coconut oil has 100% cured it! I also use it in food and other dry skin areas….. still trying to determine if refined is unsafe due to the beginning process. Definitely go organic though.

I’ve tried organic cold pressed almond oil and sesame oil as lubricants. I normally gets irritated and slightly fungal after sex but with these oils, specially the sesame oil it feels much better and non irritating(compared to “normal” lubes), I recommend it! I also have to try coconut oil nov ;)

i have read all the comments with great interest, but i’m a little confused by all the options with coconut oil, refined or unrefined ?, virgin or organic virgin ? lol….can somebody tell me what i actually need to get for vagina dryness please, and where is the best place to get it, health food shop ? or supermarket ? and i live in the uk so bare that mind with your answeres please. thank you

I am an RN for 36 yrs, who has worked Obstetrics/Gyn, and the only problem I could foresee with the coconut oil is that it does contain some natural sugars indigenous to the coconut, therefore you would be “feeding” the yeast, setting you up for a yeast infection, which is why some people are complaining of this. Flavored body creams /lotions labeled “natural” can also do this, as they may contain a fruit derived flavor base (as opposed to artificial) that could also contain fructose or other sugars that will leave you prone to a monilial (yeast) infection.

Hi Nicole,
I think you might want to seriously look at getting the Candida under control. I’m twice your age, but not yet menopausal. Several years ago I began experiencing similar discomfort…including and especially the itching (scratching in my sleep to the point of drawing blood). Not very sexy, as you can imagine! But in addition to that, I noticed itching sensations deep inside my ears and redness and swelling across my hands.
I began to notice that there seemed to be a connection between the reaction and certain foods. First I eliminated anything that contained high fructose corn syrup, and that helped a lot. Avoiding HFCS really means I can eat very few processed food products and I think that has been the biggest help. I found that after giving up those types of foods, I even want to cut sugar in homemade recipes because I can’t tolerate the excessive sweetness. You might find you can cut back on sugar to a point that is tolerable for your body without having to give it up all together.
Good luck!

Jeez! You hit the nail on the head! Men need to woo women, and they both are turned on by it. I just see schulmps everywhere. I want to meet a MAN.

Thank you S.A.
I just looked into lichen simplex and it is less frightening than looking at lichen sclerosis. I feel that it is more in line with what I am dealing with as well.
I have been using the diva cup for the last 6 years, only using natural pad alternatives when I am too sore to use it. Also I try to use non-scented natural, very simple laundry detergent, soaps, cotton underwear, etc…. but as I am in South America right now, I am having the hardest time even finding unscented soap, much less laundry detergent. This is probably why it’s more bothersome than usual, and also because I am spending far more time than normal not being busy!
Ok, when I get home I will give the Vitamin E a go, start doing some yoga and more exercise and i think overall business will help me out! Thanks for your suggestions! Just got to get a hold on the psychological aspect of it all I think!

@ Nicole: I have lichen simplex (I think) and my Dr.’s main advice was to try and destress. At least, that’s what messes me up. Stress can lead to dryness and infections. Yoga or other exercise is great for stress. Also, I hear some people get relief by giving up sugar to cure their yeast infections but I could never do that.
Actually, three things that REALLY have helped me have been:
Giving up mainstream menstrual products – I use cloth lunapads because the chemicals in regular pads can be irritating (the divacup is a great alternative to toxic tampons). And Lunapads.com has great deals and tons of info.
Ditching synthetic lubricant (or soap, or baths, or clothes. Really – scent free laundry soap, cotton underwear, no baths with soap – only oatmeal or Epsom salt bath with essential oils.)
And insertive a vitamin E suppository after sex. They are made by Key-E and Whole Foods sells them. If I don’t I get irritated afterwards.
PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: Test the vitamin E carefully first. It can cause dermatitis for some people when it is applied to the skin.

Hi,
I am wondering if any of you who complain of vaginal dryness have it to the extent that I do. I am 24, so I hope it isn’t related to menopause. This has been an ongoing issue for me for the past two years at least. My parents own two health food stores and I work at them and at another one while I’m away at school.
I feel like I have tried everything (emu oil, seabuckthorn oil, tamanu oil, shea butter, almond oil, mama’s bottom balm, etc.) and have been to different doctors (which I normally avoid but this issue really scares me as it affects my desire to be intimate with people). A couple of the times, the doctors have said its a yeast infection, and I have tried those medications which provide relief for maybe a couple days before the problem returns. I have also tried cortisone creams which I am against because I know they weaken the skin and don’t actually cure the issue.
One dermatologist said that the problem is just from scratching and if I could stop scratching for a week or so, the problem will be gone and won’t come back. The prescription of anti-histamines and his cortisone and menthol cream did not solve it either. I have just started trying coconut oil as I have run out of tamanu and am not in North America so I can’t buy anymore.
The coconut oil actually does feel much better than most products I’ve tried. Some of the products I try provide relief at first and then begin to itch more than before I applied them. My skin is constantly tearing and peeling, bleeding, itching keeping me up at night. One doctor mentioned the word “lichen sclerosis” and I looked it up and broke down as basically it was a sentence to have this forever and it talked of the vagina actually closing up, unbearable child birth, etc.
Does anyone have these issues and have any advice for me? I have a constant candida problem and do need to get that under control, I know. I have also been told by a spiritual counselor that my issues are emotional damage and that I need to learn how to love myself and then this problem will go away.

How would you suggest testing it? On the skin of your inner arm or someplace like that?

Just from a logic standpoint, I don’t know why you would introduce something like estrogen without trying the coconut first. Try the natural thing alone before the prescription.

I am having an issue with vaginal dryness and have been prescribed estrogen cream. Do you recommend coconut oil instead? My Dr told me to use both. I’m a little afraid of the estrogen.

I am a coconut oil convert! It’s great. For years, I used KY then tried Astroglide. The lubricating properties of both tend to disappear pretty quickly, especially Astroglide. It seemed weird at first to use a food oil, but it’s fantastic. It lasts and works much better than the pharmaceutical type lubricants. Loving my new sex life :-)

I have long time menopausal dryness problems that cause pain and irritation with intercourse. My husband and I have just started using coconut oil and I can already see a lot of improvement just in the couple of times we have used it. I figure using it as lube helps apply it just as well as making it into a suppository. Sex has been a lot more comfortable.

also, when I first read this site, I was showing signs of UTI a few days later I had a full blown UTI. I am on antibiotics now and wondered if C/O would help me prevent any yeasts infections. I have read where you can add probiotics to yogurt to insert into the vaginal area. I was thinking adding it to the coconut oil and applying, it feels very rough in there and I have been using the coconut oil. It does make it feel smoother. Thanks everyone and I hope this post finds everyone doing well.

I appreciate all the great info. in comments. I use coconut for baking and love the idea of using something so natural that won’t irritate or cause infections. Just wanted to mention in my recent search re: vaginal dryness, I did come across info. that said something about olive oil and vitamin E not being great lubricants because they can be good hosts for bacteria?? Can’t remember where I read it, or exactly how it was stated, just thought I’d throw it out there. I was going to try some olive oil before learning about coconut oil.

Hi everyone. I recently been having terrible problem of dry vagina. Feels like it is burning. The more I walk the more it bothers me. How many times a day can C/O be inserted? I have raw organic coconut oil.

My mother had estrogen induced breast cancer, so I prefer natural products as opposed to Premarin and the rest. Love coconut oil.
In addition to coconut oil, I use regular, high grade (pure) Vitamin E supplements. I prick the end with a needle and insert it.
Also, I found this site for making a suppositories mold with aluminum foil and a wooden spoon handle. Great way to test your response to the oil (or oil “recipe”) without an expensive investment in molds. The site was about using suppositories for bronchitis, but it works for vaginal issues too. An interesting read and great step-by-step directions.http://theida.com/essential-oils/integrative-self-care-for-acute-bronchitis/attachment/making-suppository-mold
Hope this helps! Good luck!

I was introduced to coonut oil early this year and ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!!! My husband is a happy man!!,!

Wow. Rushing out to buy coconut oil now. I am so over this friggen eczema/dermatitis!!!
I have cut everything out of my life – Will be nice to introduce something new!!!

We used coconut oil once when I was pregnant because I was having burning issues from repeat yeast infections (I have since completely cut out sugar so hopefully no more infection) but found that about halfway through that we started to feel more sticky and less slippery. Were we doing something wrong? Do you have to apply more during intercourse?

dryness and lack of desire may happen because men do not any longer exude sexuality. men are not turning women on because men are desexualized in this culture. no more hunks left really.. coconut oil is a beautiful lubricant but buy only the one that still has the taste left otherwise its a waste to eat and cook with. men are too into their gadgets and such and have lost their hotness factor. they also don know how to treat a women and make her feel sexy and alive. sad.

Oh my gosh! Where has all this information been hiding! Wife has fibromyalgia and has complained about ALL the issues noted in the posts. Married 44yrs and have had sex probably 200-300 times and that seems like more than reality! Currently it’s been 14months. I am going out to buy some organic coconut oil! Thank you all!!

@ Gwen, no it does not permanently stain bedsheets. just wash them once a week or two.
FYI for everyone here and the mods: my husband and I have been using coconut oil on regular latex condoms without a problem/tearing for the last year. Neither of us have had infections of any kind. I consulted another professional about this, and they say the oil does break down the condom, but at a MUCH slower rate than we are led to believe. If you still have reservations about this, try out the non-latex condoms.
We will never waste our money on commercial lubes ever again. They are full of bad cancer causing chemicals, sticky, over-priced, and make you dry. you can get a decent sized jar of coconut oil for the same price as a tiny bottle of lube, and the coconut oil usually lasts 3-6 months (depending on how often you are intimate). Another person wrote on here that it was the most gentlest glide ever, I have to agree completely! sex doesn’t have to hurt!

Regarding the temperature – when it’s solid, just scoop some out with your hand or a utensil & it will melt on contact with your skin.
As to staining sheets, if you got it on the sheets probably, but you rub a bit on your skin & it stays there.

I have been told about this coconut oil before, but my question is….has anyone found a problem with staining of bed sheets when using the coconut oil to prevent dryness during or after intercourse.

We’ve been using C/O for well over two years and it is better than commercial lubes. For after menopause dryness it is the best. The aroma is nice… one problem is in winter keeping it above about 72 degrees is important or you have to run hot water over container to melt it! It doesn’t dry out like commercial lubes. Highly recommended. It is also great to cook with. New reports out that it is very healthy for you.

from what I understand, any lubricant not produced by the woman’s body (including plain water and even saliva) can inhibit sperm motility and make it more difficult to achieve pregnancy. That being said, my son was conceived using vaseline as lubricant.

See my comment Above Dec 27 2010. You might want to try the Virgin Organic too but it smells strongly of coconut. I use the Spectrum Organic every day as a moisturizer also. Have severe dryness and eczema as well. It is heavier than a lotion but absorbs well. I stand by my statement that my wife has had far fewer yeast infections though I know she has not applied for that purpose.

I bought spectrum organic coconut oil today is this an ok brand? I’m suffering from repeat vaginal yeast infections and I am allergic to every lube I’ve tried so after reading about coconut oil I def want to try this oh yea and did I mention I have severe eczema which I’ve read coconut oil helps too. I’m excited to try it.

Coconut oil is antifungal so it’s unlikely that was the cause of a yeast infection. If anything it would inhibit any infection and actually help to heal one.
My husband and I love it!

HI THERE..I would like to know if coconut oil can cause any obstruction in pregnancy? Is it sperm friendly?
People’s Pharmacy response: We don’t know.

Thank u 4 that feed back, I have a herb nook near me, which is only a few blocks away, the whole food stores are really far away, can I purchase the E suppositories there? I do have a gyn appt in Jan.

@PAB: you might want to find out *why* you are having issues first. Scented detergent? Synthetic clothes?
You could just scoop up and rub on the coconut oil. You can find vitamin E suppositories at Whole Foods.

Would it be suffice to use a insertion tube after cleaning it from another tubal medication designed for the vaginal area to fill with the coconut oil for insertion into the vaginal area, if so, how often should this be done for the relief of vaginal itching and vulva irritation, looking for relief as I stated before, I just purchased my first jar of raw coconut oil by looking at statements on this site, I will be here often.

Wow!!This site was just enlightning, I happen to stumble on to it and stayed here, I had just bought a jar of Raw extra virgin coconut oil,and i wanted to become abreast of how to apply it in my personal area as i am experiencing the same problems of vaginal dryness and irritations.

Hey Jessica, I looked up what your doctor said about the olive oil as a natural contraceptive. It appears heavily to be a myth. Women in ancient Greece and Egypt were told they could use olive oil as a contraceptive. (but I don’t think it worked too well.). There is no solid proof that olive oil is a contraceptive. Olive oil is not acidic enough to kill sperm (like vinegar is), nor does it contain crazy hormones that make you unable to conceive. So no worries :)

Does anyone know if coconut oil can prohibit pregnancy? I’m trying to get pregnant and want to know if it’s ok. I figure a lubricant will help the little guys get up there. I was reading about olive oil as a lubricant and a doctor said it was a natural contraceptive. So I want to make sure coconut oil is ok. Any other natural tips on getting pregnant? I know about 400mg of folic acid, maca powder, prenatals….

It has always creeped me out to put oil derived from a dead animal in my most intimate places and thus I have avoided Emu oil. My husband and I use a liquid coconut oil lube called SemPure and love it. I have heard good things about Emu oil, but just can’t get over the ick factor.

I use emu oil also. Emu oil absorbs into the skin but still provides good lubrication, and has the benefit of being known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is often used in massage therapy because it’s good for the skin and reduces friction. So, the application for vaginal dryness seemed to be a natural choice.

I just have to say.. Emu oil is taken from FAT from a dead EMU. Coconut oil on its own is just fine. I used to suffer from yeast infections all the time, until I cut meat and dairy out of my diet. And instead of using conventional lubrication, I heard about coconut oil, (organic, virgin.. etc) and I haven’t had one in years. Or any other problems. BUT I don’t know about anyone else here, but a little goes a long way.

I searched around and found expensive $50 molds on line, but then went to Walmart and found Ice Cube Trays that are elongated ovals! They are perfect and only about $1.25! I mixed 1/2 Tbsp Emu Oil [read the Emu label, it is a great healing addition] with 1/2 Cup Coconut oil, filled some cubes 2/3 and put tray into refrigerator. I then tightly covered the top of the tray with plastic wrap (leaving room above the cube spaces), popped them out and put them in a covered container in the frig. When I looked at them I realized they would equal about 2 Tbs of coconut oil and decided to heat a knife under the faucet to melt off a piece. [A cold knife produces shattered slivers.] Next time I will only fill to about 1/4 full and see if that is better. In addition to a vaginal lubricant, I use the rub a cube on my face as a night cleanser, too. I put the rest of the cube back into the frig for next time. Enjoy!!!

Anyone tried natural aloevera? Squeeze fresh aloevera and you should get a nice sticky lube.

You should research the medicinal benefits of Coconut oil… It turns out that it is VERY beneficial for a yeast infection. But you should use the purest oil you can get. Also, if you are plagued with frequent yeast infections, you should look into changing your diet and educate yourself as to what is happening in your body to cause them… I have learned so much in the last few weeks… I am realizing that I have had Candida (yeast infection) for probably YEARS… and it just recently got bad enough to cause lesions on my body.
Prescription creams and meds only treat the effects, not the cause… and the more you use them, the more resistant the yeast get to them. I am a guy. I didn’t even realize that guys GOT yeast infections. But I’m learning… very fast. lol Good luck.

Organic Coconut Oil makes an outstanding lubricant. Also, my wife has not had a yeast infection since we started using it. She would get them often, and I don’t think sex was always the cause.
She has not had one at all. Try Spectrum Organics – it is available in almost any store. We cook with it a lot too it is good for you.
The Plain Organic has no scent. The Virgin Organic has a strong coconut scent (great for baking cake) but don’t use it for sex. Some people might really like it though it smells nice.
Don’t give it a second thought! Try it!

Oh my gosh, you people use emu oil? You do realize that’s from a dead bird right?

I don’t know anything about emu oil, but you shouldn’t have to add anything to make the coconut oil hard. Just fill the mold with the oil & put it in the fridge. The oil will solidify at about 76F and your body heat will melt it later.

I like the idea of making a suppository with the coconut oil… Where can I purchase a mould to make the vaginal suppository? Does the emu oil make the coconut oil more solid, so better for making it into a suppository? Thanks.

I have read online that personal lubricants with glycerins (sugars) will cause yeast infections in those people who are susceptible. There are three recently approved organic/paraben-free/glycerin-free lubricants (Yes, Nude Personal Lubricant, and Slippery Organic). These have mixed reviews, some good and some not so great. I’m also shopping for a lubricant that doesn’t burn as well, and although I am not sure about using any oil (because of the possibility that coating the skin on areas not easily washed with soap/water can increase the risk of infection, as with olive oil), I will be experimenting with coconut oil because I am freaked out by the scary ingredients in most lubes, even the more natural ones.

My husband and I have used unrefined, organic coconut oil for years. I have used it as a vaginal moisturizer – I heat the oil just enough to make it liquid, and add emu oil and mix it up well. You can pour it into a mould to make suppositories and refrigerate it or just use it right from the jar. It’s important to remember to buy unrefined, organic so there are no chemicals used in processing. A good brand is Garden of Life – it’s expensive, but it lasts quite a long time and it’s worth it for the quality.

Tasteless coconut oil is BAD for you and does NOT have any of its original beneficial properties… if it is tasteless, that means it is RBD (refined, bleached, deodorized) and in fact will contain HARMFUL components and chemicals. Use virgin coconut oil (organic is best) and then you’ll be getting the benefits, plus it has a delicious taste.

Visit this site as it has excellent information on yeast infections of all types. Expeller Pressed Coconut Oil and Virgin Coconut Oil are probably your best bets if you must use them for the intended purposes above.
http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/candida_.shtml
As for infections (bacterial/fungal) and antibiotics, eat plenty of yogurt (organic, or any of the popular Greek yogurts with minimal sugar). Also invest in a decent probiotic supplement. Do some research to see which is best (economic, and will survive stomach acid). Go with one that does not need refrigeration, for convenience.
The coconut oil that some people use may contain unknown fillers, which could be a culprit. Who knows.

Myself and my girlfriend have used pharmaceutical coconut oil as a sexual lubricant for five years. Chemists sell it cheaply, it is pure, high grade, tasteless, odourless and glides beautifully skin to skin so it is perfect for a lady who wants a safe, beneficial lubricant to use for herself or sexually with her lover. And yes, it does have fantastic anti bacterial properties that will discourage yeast infections and soothe, lubricate and enhance ladies and mens delicate skin areas.

Hello… I am a big fan of coconut oil in every other realm of life… cooking, skin care, hair care… have yet to use it as a lubricant.
My question is, however, as my boyfriend and i use condoms… if, as stated at the top, oils are incompatible with latex – what should we do?
I find the over the counter lubricants cause irritation and infection… has anyone got any alternatives? And what does it mean that oils and latex are incompatible?
Thanks!
PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: WHAT IT MEANS IS THAT COCONUT OIL (OR ANY OTHER OIL) WILL DISSOLVE THE LATEX. THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE, BECAUSE THE CONDOM THEN WOULD NOT WORK.
THERE ARE NON-LATEX CONDOMS, INCLUDING FEMALE CONDOMS, THAT MIGHT OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE FOR THE TWO OF YOU.
THERE ARE OTHER LUBRICANTS AS WELL. SYLK CAN BE QUITE HELPFUL, AND SINCE IT IS WATER- RATHER THAN OIL-BASED, IT DOES NOT ENDANGER THE INTEGRITY OF A LATEX CONDOM.

I have a yeast infection and I used coconut oil every time for like 3 weeks now.. it’s non irritating and there’s not much pain at all during intercourse after using it for a couple of weeks now. Coconut oil makes a unsuitable atmosphere for yeast to grow in and so it can’t multiply. Also my vagina doesn’t itch at all anymore but the discharge is still common. It’s non greasy doesn’t sting, and super slippery. It’s just amazing. I recommend everyone use this. I also take a tablespoon of cinnamon every night with milk and it works like magic for killing medicine resistant yeast.

There are a few personal lubricants made entirely of vegetable oils. They are more expensive than plain coconut oil, but having tried all of them I think the cost is worth it!! My favorite is Amore Personal Lubricant. It is a blend of oils and I think it is fantastic – it lasts long, has a great smell and just plain works better than all the others I’ve tried.

I’d either rub the oil on, or get some sort of mold and make it into a suppository.
@ lilyona – I haven’t found coconut oil to burn, but if you have a yeast infection, you probably shouldn’t do anything at all. Sometimes my infections take stronger stuff than diflucan or monistat. It usually takes some prescription strength stuff – terazole or something I think. That’s what causes the burning, not the medicine..

How do you apply the coconut oil to relieve vaginal dryness? Just externally? How do you get the oil inside the vaginal?

I have a very bad yeast infection. I cannot use KY, it burns me. I’m looking to use coconut oil, but not sure if it will make my yeast worse. For the infection I’ve used monostat 3 tons of times, and tried difulcan 2 times, 150mg each time.
Does anyone share the same problem and found lube that doesn’t burn them?

Sometimes the fear of pain can cause you to tense up and stress out and dry up or just be generally not in the right state of mind for intimacy. I would suggest a relaxing glass of wine or massage or some yoga to help you relax before you try – or the fear might be in the back of your mind, and THAT may ruin it.

I have used a few types of coconut oil (and other plant oils) as lube but found them pretty overpowering and sometimes gritty (like at the bottom of the jar coconut esp.). I did find a natural lubricant called Liquid Goddess a few months back, they use “raw coconut extract” which is what I bought at the store but for some reason the taste of the Liquid Goddess is much lighter and it is super slippery and clean. only downside is the price, (9bucks).

Hello! (Especially for Ashley & DB) You might find success looking into physical therapists who specialize in women’s health issues–(typically pain with intercourse & incontinence issues). A few years ago I was having MAJOR burning issues with anything sexual and even going to the bathroom and it turns out I had been clenching the vaginal/pelvic floor muscles for a few years and never knew it. All that clenching had tightened the muscles and made stretching them HURT!
After a few months working with a wonderful physical therapist who showed me how to manually massage the pelvic floor muscles and helped me realize that I was clenching 24-7, I am able to have pain-free sex. YEA! Search for someone near you if you’re interested. Good luck! Keep searching! No one should have to live with this kind of pain.

I have vaginal dryness problems, but I also have a nerve pain, in my vaginal wall. I can take an anti-depressant, however, I prefer not too. One, it makes the desire for sex, even harder. I need help for the desire, dryness, and the nerve pain.
Any suggestions? Coconut oil is just for lubrication, right? It doesn’t help with any of the above? Any other suggestions. This is making our marriage, go downhill and I don’t want that. It’s not fair to either of us.
Thanks,
PEOPLE’S PHARMACY RESPONSE: COCONUT OIL OR OLIVE OIL HELP WITH LUBRICATION. THEY PROBABLY WON’T CHANGE THE NERVE PAIN, BUT CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE COMFORT OF RELATIONS.

I have been using coconut oil for about a week. The feeling was so much better. I had no pain from vaginal dryness but I now have a yeast infection. Could it be related to the coconut oil?

I need help. I haven’t been able to be intimate with my husband for 2 years. We are middle age and don’t have sex often. I suffer from vaginal dryness and fill terrible pains when I do. I have tried creams, gels AND everything in between. The suggestion that coconut oil is good sounds promising. My problem is I am afraid to try and feel pain. what to do?

I am having the same problem since chemotherapy induced menopause. I had purchased a specialty oil to put on my skin during radiation treatments and decided to try the same on external vaginal area. So far, it has been more help than other oils, creams, and lubricants that I have tried. St. John’s wort oil is actually an extract of Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s wort plant)infused in an oil. The only one I was able to find locally was Dr. Hauschka St. John’s Wort Body Oil at Whole Foods. It is also available on the internet. It is expensive, but worth it. It has a healing effect, so I use it every day and save the lubricants for sexual activity.

i have been having a lot of problems with dryness as well and when using certain oils always end up with some kind of infection that requires medical treatment, we don’t like the heavy oils or ky i will try what has been posted thank you so much for the information.

I read about coconut oil as a lubricant in the Whole Earth Catalog. Needless to say that means I have been using it for years. My wife and I love it for general massage, more intimate massage, or simply dry skin. Apparently the melting point is around 80-85 degrees F, so it will be solid in the store, but melts nicely at body temperature. One brand had slight burnt smell that was not appealing, but most of the time the smell reminds me of days at the beach. Life is good.

I love pure Aloe Vera Gel which seems to stop any vaginal irritation before it goes into a UTI!!

I have been using Emu Oil myself and absolutely love it.

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