Coconut Oil Vaginal Moisturizers Becoming Popular

Coconut Oil Vaginal Moisturizers Becoming Popular

As reported in a global survey on vaginal moisturizers and lubricants are becoming popular as sexual and reproductive awareness is improving.
The global vaginal moisturizer lubricant market size was USD 2.1 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 2.5 billion in 2023.
In Sri Lanka, a similar trend has been observed by gynaecologists and pharmacists.
A leading pharmacist, Mithra Fernando, said, “Increased awareness about sexual health may contribute to a growing demand for products like vaginal moisturizers and lubricants as people become more informed about their sexual well-being.”
The market for vaginal moisturizers and lubricants is influenced by various factors, such as the rising prevalence of vaginal dryness and discomfort.
The global market mentions the increasing preference for natural and organic products. If this trend extends to Sri Lanka, it could impact the types of products available and sought-after in the local market.
Coconut Oil:
Meanwhile, locally available coconut oil has been recommended by health professionals
Coconut oil is generally a safe option to use as lube. “Studies have shown that coconut oil is clinically proven for safe and effective use as a moisturizer. Its moisturizing properties may make the product an effective lube and allow for longer-lasting intercourse,” says Jessica Shepherd, M.D., an OB/GYN at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Coconut oil aids in coating the vaginal tissue to reduce water loss while soothing and hydrating the vagina. “It can help vaginal dryness, alleviate friction during sex, and minimize tears,” Dr. Shepherd says.
Benefits of using coconut oil as lube
There are several benefits of coconut oil for sex that you may notice when using it. According to Dr. Shepherd, these benefits may include:
  • A thinner texture than other lubricants, like silicone
  • It helps mitigate friction during sex
  • Free of fragrance, which may cause irritation
  • Adds moisture to the vagina
  • Dr. Shepherd recommends: “If you’re using coconut oil as lube, you’ll likely want to be conscious of what’s in the jar you choose. A good rule of thumb is to opt for unrefined coconut oil as it has less processing and bleaching.”
  • Research shows that using “virgin coconut oil” (or unrefined, unprocessed coconut oil) is safe for use on the skin and even offers many benefits in terms of skin hydration.

Risk to Watch Out:

There are some watch-outs when it comes to using the oil for lube. It is important to steer clear of latex condoms, says Dr. Shari Martin Lawson, M.D., division director of general obstetrics and gynaecology at Johns Hopkins Medicine.   “The oil can cause the latex rubber in condoms to disintegrate and break during intercourse, which can put you at risk for pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.”

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