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Is Coconut Oil Safe For Your Vagina?

The Best Natural Ingredient to Use in the Bedroom Can Be Found in Your Pantry

Coconut oil is seriously a miracle product, if you didn't already know. From treating dandruff to deodorizing, there's not much it can't do. The natural ingredient offers a variety of beauty and health benefits, but I bet you didn't consider to use it in the bedroom. Turns out, coconut oil is fantastic for healing and erotic uses.

As a Vaginal Ointment

After a long night of sex or an especially rough session that resulted in internal cuts or tears, you might find urinating to be extremely painful. When I used to be a long-distance relationship, my body would go from zero activity to a whole night of catch-up, and at times, I would find the stinging so unbearable. When I looked for home remedies online, I came across the application of coconut oil and it seriously changed my life.

If you're in need of relief, spoon a small amount of coconut oil onto your fingers. Your body heat will quickly melt the solid substance into a ointment. Apply a small amount to your inner labia and to the opening of your vagina, and you'll notice instant relief. Reapply a couple more times throughout the day and after showers until it heals. I'm usually fine by the next day or so, but all of our bodies heal at different rates.

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As an Edible Massage Oil and Lube

In search of one product that was both an edible massage oil and lube, I quickly learned that there weren't many all-in-one products. Either the edible massage oil wasn't ideal for sex (the flavorings aren't very vagina-friendly), or the lube was too sticky or greasy for massages and (in my opinion) too gross for oral. The employee at the sex shop suggested I use coconut oil over any of the items their store offered. It's great to use on the body and in the body and safe to consume (but don't expect it to be as tasty as an edible massage oil).

Coconut oil is ideal for menopausal women because it treats vaginal dryness, but it can have some drawbacks, especially for younger women. First of all, you do not want to use coconut oil — or any oil-based lubes — with latex condoms because they can break down the latex and cause the condom to break. Unless you're trying to get pregnant, avoid using the two together. Polyurethane condoms and animal-skin condoms (like lambskin and sheepskin) are safe against oils, though latex is the best option in terms of preventing both pregnancy and STIs.

The Risks

There's controversy in using coconut oil as a lubricant because it can make some women more prone to vaginal infections. Its thick consistency makes it easier for bacteria and yeast to hang around. But ob-gyn Sherry Ross, MD, who claims to be a "big fan of coconut oil as a lubricant for women," told Self that she's yet to see any patients with side effects and considers it more a "theoretical concern than something people need to worry about in practice."

If you do have a sensitive vagina that's prone to infection, you might want to avoid it all together. And if you're worried about using it for the first time, test a small amount before reapplying, and be sure to practice good hygiene in the process. It's always a good idea to check with your doctor first as well. But overall, I do highly suggest trying it out for yourself — you may love it just as much.

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