Is coconut oil safe for your vagina?
We’ve heard many things about using coconut oil as lube over the last couple of years. The coconut oil lube conversation really blew up when two threads it caught a lot of traction on Reddit (this one and this one). We’ve even written an article about why coconut oil is the best lube for both massage and sex. But I wanted to write another article for those who wanted to explore specifically whether or not coconut oil is safe for your vagina.
Also, there is another purpose for this article. It’s not good enough to know that coconut oil is safe for your vagina, but we should be excited about using it! That’s why the latter section of this article will explore the advantages and wonderful possibilities of using coconut oil on a regular basis.
1. Is coconut oil safe?
For this question, I’ve decided to take a survey of all the literature available on the subject, plus augment it with personal experience. For starters, I have used coconut oil on a regular basis for many things. It is wonderful as a skin moisturizer. Especially in the winter, my skin gets really dry. I had been using several expensive lotions such as the thicker Eucerin variants and others. They didn’t seem to be working all that well. So I had heard that coconut oil was a great moisturizer, and decided to give it a try. I would use it all over my body and then apply a smaller amount of the thicker lotion on top. This really seemed to work wonders and I have never had an adverse reaction.
Also, my husband and I had started to use coconut oil as both massage oil and sex lube. It’s amazing for both. There are several products marketed as massage oils that mix several types of natural oils. We have tried these also and not been impressed. The simple coconut oil was better and much less expensive than all of these. The ability to use the same thing for a wonderful massage and not have to switch to something else when starting to have sex is really wonderful.
2. What do the professionals say?
Unfortunately, there are no studies about coconut oil use on vaginas out there in the medical journals that are peer reviewed and published by professional researchers. Apparently there’s just not as much money in sex product research for some reason. So we need to resort to more anecdotal information from various sources:
- Huffingtom Post writer, Pamela Madsen, writes here that you should use coconut oil on a regular basis on your whole vulva. After wiping when you go to the bathroom, use a bit of coconut oil to soften up and moisturize your outer and inner labia. Wonderful advice here, Pamela! I’ve started doing this and I have noticed a significant difference. I used to have some dry areas where I wipe regularly, but since using it at least once daily – no more!
- Women’s Health quotes Jennifer Landa, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD as saying that coconut oil is great for your vagina, it can help with yeast infections, and it lasts longer than water-based lubes. If you’re not allergic, go for it. Just not with a latex condom. The oil could make the condom more likely to break.
- SELF quoted two doctors here. First, “Lubricant can be medicinal, but it can also be pleasure-enhancing,” Alyssa Dweck, M.D., assistant clinical professor of obstetrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Also, “I’m a big fan of coconut oil as a lubricant for women,” says ob/gyn Sherry Ross, M.D. “I probably recommend it more in menopausal women because it has staying power in the vagina, which is good for dryness.”
- From Natural News, “Coconut oil is the best oil to use if you opt to use one vaginally and it is actually a great way to treat yeast infections as it contains caprylic acid. Specifically, it has been shown to be quite effective in combating Candida strains.” Most of this article is spent saying that if you’re going to use an oil lube, go with coconut oil, but otherwise they recommend water-based lubes such as Astroglide, which we also enjoy occasionally. The issue with Astroglide is it’s not good for body massage and it is more expensive in larger amounts than coconut oil.
- From this post on Bustle.com, Dr. Raquel Dardik, Associate Professor Gynecology at NYU Langone Medical Center was quoted as saying that you should not use tea tree oil on your vagina because it does not have a neutral pH level, unlike coconut oil. This isn’t a solid thumbs up for coconut oil, but it’s more of a “well if you’re going to use any type of oil, make sure it has a neutral pH.”
That’s all we’ll quote for now, but as you can see, the professionals so far are mostly on board as saying that coconut oil is safe for your vagina or even beneficial. We haven’t found any actual evidence of any adverse affects. All of the stories and testimony so far is that it is wonderful for your sexual health.
So Why use it?
Well, as we alluded to above, one key usage of coconut oil is as an external moisturizer for your whole vulva. Rubbing it all around your inner and outer lips, clitoris, and surrounding areas is pretty wonderful. It helps to moisturize your lady parts in a way that I would not ever trust a lotion. Also, who doesn’t like to have a little mid-day self massage, even if it’s not intended to take to a climax?
We’ve already talked about the obvious uses where coconut oil helps with a great relaxing massage. It can also be used for internal lubrication. But have you considered coconut oil for a penis massage? All of this conversation so far has been using coconut oil for your vagina. It’s also wonderful and safe for massaging on a penis. A dry “hand job” is one thing, but a lubricated penis massage takes it to a whole new level!
Finally, if you’re anticipating that you might get lucky later, doing a little pre-lubrication earlier in the day or on a consistent basis helps make sure you’re ready for the big event!
Which one should I buy?
Only buy the “virgin” or “extra virgin” coconut oil. Do not buy the fractionated versions, even though these stay a liquid at room temperature. The fractionated version is generally thought to be not as safe as the virgin. Here are the two that we have purchased a few times from Amazon with no adverse effects. I have been refilling the smaller bottles with the larger one.