Last Update May 30th, 2017
Thrush Crusader’s top 4 Sexual Lubricants for Thrush-prone vaginas!
If you’re looking forward to a good old romp in the hay, but are concerned about using lubricants that can have a detrimental effect to the health of your vagina, you’ve come to the right place.
Sexual lubricants can turn your lovemaking sessions into a whooooole lot of fun. But, behind the label there are some pretty scary ingredients, which can actually INCREASE your risk of thrush and yeast infections.
To find out what type of lubricants are really vagina friendly, we’ve listed the top ingredients to look for (and look out for!) when buying lube! Read on, my friend!
What makes a good Sexual Lubricant?
The tissue in and around the vagina can be incredibly delicate and sensitive, so if you’re planning a good old lovemaking session and are scrambling to find a lubricant, here’s a word of caution.
When looking for lubricants, not any old body lotion, natural oil or cream in your bathroom (or kitchen!) will do. That’s because many of these contain some harsh ingredients that can actually damage the tissue inside your vagina, causing irritations that can lead to thrush and yeast infections.
Studies have even been found to prove that women who use lubricants such as petroleum jelly can increase their risk of bacterial infection by up to 22%, not to mention women who use oils increasing their risk of bacterial infection by up to 32%!
So girl, put down that Vaseline jar, it’s not your vagina’s friend!
Those are some scary increases in infections, which highlights the importance of treating your vagina like the beautifully designed area that it is, and buying lubricants that contain natural and harmless ingredients!
If you’re in the lube aisle at the supermarket, dedicate a couple of minutes to reviewing the ingredients of the lubricant you’re considering, and make an educated decision using our tips and tricks for buying lube!
Tips and Tricks to buying Sexual Lubricant
You’ll likely see this ingredient in some of the most popular lubricants, as it is good at making water-based lubricants more slippery. However, Glycerin is technically a sugar alcohol, and if you’ve checked out our FAQ’s on thrush, you’ll know that sugar is to thrush what honey is to bees. The sugar components in glycerin create a breeding ground for yeast, which is a huge plus for the candida bacteria, and a huuuuge bummer for you!
Keep in mind that Sorbitol, mannitol, xylitol and maltitol are also sugar alcohol ingredients found in lubes that can give you a similar reaction, and should also be avoided!
SEEK… Silicone (Dimethicone)
While silicone is not recommended to be used with condoms as it effects the latex and can make it ineffective, if you’re not using condoms during your lovemaking session, then Silicone-based lubricants can be a great lubricant. They last a whole lot longer than water based lubricants, and also don’t need sugar to make the consistency slippery! Double Rainbow!!
You might be familiar with the term “acetate” already, usually because it’s used in first aid as alcohol swabs as it kills bacteria. However, as it is an alcohol it also means it will dry the heck out of your skin, which can be irritating to say the least. Dry skin around the vagina can lead to scratching and tears of the tissue, which leaves you open to infections such as thrush, as well as STI’s!
So next time acetate tries to come to your love party table, a little “You can’t sit with us” is in order!
SEEK… Aloe Vera
Is there anything that Aloe Vera can’t do?! This magical plant’s extract is a brilliant ingredient in personal lubricants. It naturally sooths the area, and can soften the sensitive vaginal skin, protecting it from drying out! It’s also very slimy, which makes it awesome in lubricants!
AVOID… Propylene Glycol
If you’ve done research into organic foods and preservative free-foods, you’ll recognize Propylene Glycol as a preservative to increase food and consumable’s shelf life of their product.
Well! Although Propylene Glycol typically a preservative, in personal lubricants is actually used as a solvent as it contains acetone and chloroform. This can be super irritating to your skin, as the alcohol content of acetone can dry out your sin and increase risks of tearing, thrush and STI’s.
The Paraben preservative is as popular in lubricants as it is in a number of other products such as cosmetics, deodorants, lotions, and even food. Made from hydrobenzoic acid, it’s role as a preservative stems from how it stops the growth of fungus and bacteria in products. Plus, it’s a super cheap ingredient, so is widely used in personal care and food products.
Sounds great, right?
What you might NOT know is that Parabens can affect the estrogen in the body, which can increase your risk of breast cancer. Not only this, it is also known to be carcinogenic, which can also increase cancer growth in your body.
Worst of all, Parabens can be absorbed through your skin into your body, so the more products you use with paraben, the more they build up in your body.
It’s a no brainer that given this information, Parabens are a BIG no-no when it comes to looking for personal lubricants. But we also advise that you try to avoid other products with Paraben in it as well, so you and your vagina can live a long, healthy and happy life together, Paraben-Free!
AVOID… Petroleum Jelly
Though it might seem like this last one is a bit left field, petroleum jelly is quite a popular last-minute lubricant that people go for. It’s handy, it seems safe, and it’s cheap! What’s not to love.
There are actually a fair few problems with using petroleum jelly as a lubricant. Scientific studies have shown that has a direct link with vaginal issues, as it stays in the vagina for days after you’ve had sex and collects more bacteria than your grandma’s stamp collection. You’re likely to increase your chance of getting a bacterial infection in your vagina by up to 20% when using petroleum jelly as a sexual lube, so it is the one lubricant that we advise above all others to avoid!
Now that you know allllll about the ingredients to look for (and look-out for!), you’re ready to go out into the world and buy the best damn lubricant you’ve ever had! But, in case you’re strapped for time and don’t want to look through every teeny weeny ingredient list, we’ve done a lot of the work for you and found some of the best sexual lubricants on the market that are as good for your vagina’s health as they are for your sex life!
Thrush Crusader’s Top 4 Sexual Lubricants for thrush-prone vaginas!
Everyone loves an award winner! In 2012 Sliquid won the Sexual Lubricant Company Of The Year – and for good reason!
Pros of Sliquid
Not only are they water based, but also glycerin-free AND Paraben-free! What this means is:
- Sliquid uses plant Cellulose as a thickening agent instead of thrush-feeding Glycerin, which is better for you, and vegan friendly!
- It’s Paraben-free
- It’s water based, which means it’s super safe and can be used with toys and condoms!
- Sliquid Naturals H20 isn’t flavored or scented, and doesn’t even stain for that matter!
Cons of Sliquid
Now although it might seem like this lube is impossibly good (they even boast that it will NEVER lead to thrush or yeast infections!), there have been cases of users having allergic reactions to ingredients such as potassium sorbate. It’s also been known to dry out and turn gummy after about 5 minutes of use externally (though you can reactivate it with water!). So be prepared that your love making session might take a pause while you reapply some lube or reactivate it with some water!
Amazon Review – Mir (5/5) – This is great. GREAT. I buy two bottles at a time to keep a backup in the linen closet. It has no smell, no taste, and no funny PH-destroying ingredients. I have no day-after funky odour and no itching. None. It’s perfect for what it needs to do. While there may be lubricants with more high-velocity slip (for those who are having the wild jungle variety marathon sessions), for most folks, this is going to be more than delightfully useful. My lady bits thank Sliquid.
This subtly branded lube that can stay in your handbag without arising suspicions, (you never know when a romp is around the corner!), plus the Aloe Vera extract makes it a strong contender as one of the best lubes on the market!
Pros of Pink Silicone
- When we wrote earlier about how Aloe Vera is a seriously good ingredient to look for in lubricants, we meant it! Pink Silicone lubricant features vitamin E and Aloe Vera, which naturally moisturize, lubricate and heal your sensitive vaginal tissues! Big tick for this one!
- It contains silicon, a light, silky ingredient that is long lasting and can extend your lovemaking session. This also means it’s water resistant, aka “shower-safe!”
- It’s unscented and flavor free.
Cons of Pink Silicone
Unfortunately, this silicone-based lubricant is so long lasting, that users have found it is incredibly difficult to remove and wash away! It can take a fair bit of washing to remove the residue, and has been known to stain sheets and material as well! Beware!
Amazon Review – Marcus (5/5) – My wife and I absolutely love this brand. We discovered it through reading reviews and now never use anything else. When we have tried other brands it seems like you have to use continually apply or wears off quickly. Then next thing you know you have used way too much. This brand is perfect. It only takes a small amount and that is it. No second application. So our first bottle lasted a long time.Once you are down to the last bit, the push top will not dispense the rest. Be sure to take the top of and use the rest. There is still a lot left in the bottle, enough for several more uses. Enjoy!
If you’ve got a sensitive vagina that often gets thrush and yeast infections, Shibari Kiwi has all the right ingredients and accreditations to give you peace of mind in the sack!
Pros of Shibari
- Shibari contains Kiwi Extract, which actively restores your body’s natural pH balance and nourishes your skin! Good for anyone who’s prone to a little thrush every now and again!
- It’s water based, which means it’s easily washable and won’t stain your clothes or sheets!
- It’s free of harsh chemicals, hypoallergenic and best of all, paraben-free! Perfect if you’re prone to having allergic reactions to lubricants!
Cons of Shibari
As it’s got kiwi extract in the ingredients, it has a slight kiwi smell, however it’s very subtle and you might not even notice it. Also, the water-based lubricant has been known to dry out quickly.
Amazon Review – Nasser (5/5) – After trying other lubricants from this line of products, we decided to see what else they had to offer. This lubricant is by far our favorite. I’m glad she got it for me. It doesn’t cause irritation or dryness afterwards. In fact it moisturizes our skin. Furthermore, since it helps restore her pH balance she doesn’t have to use other products to help restore it and stay healthy. I highly recommend this!
What’s not to love about a lubricant that doubles as a vaginal moisturizer? Astroglide lubricant aims to mimic natural body fluids, so you’ll barely realize it’s not all-you!
Pros of Astroglide
- Petroleum-free! This is great as petroleum jelly is a huge no-no when it comes to lubricants as it actually increases your risk of thrush and yeast infections.
- It’s water based and soluble, which means it’s easily cleanable and safe to use with condoms and toys.
Cons of Astroglide
When it dries out, you might be left with a sticky, gummy residue. This can easily be fixed by adding more lube to your bits, but the intermission between your lovemaking can be a bit of a downer!
Amazon Review – TheoStix (5/5) – AstroGlide is my favorite. It has basically no odour whatsoever (other lubes sometimes have a nasty, putrid odour), which is nice. It is extremely slick and feels great on your skin (especially the hands, I’ve had problems with other lubes leaving my hands feeling sticky and uncomfortable even after washing them, but not with AstroGlide). It feels very life-like if you catch my drift, when combined with certain “toys”… It’s just a great, quality product overall.