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Please note, the only purpose of this post, is to document a doctor’s approval of coconut oil as a Personal Lubricant.
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Below, you will find a growing list of doctors who recommend coconut oil for personal lubrication:
- In an undated online healthtap post Dr. Robert K. Killian was asked if “using coconut oil as a lubricant reduces the chance of pregnancy?” To which he wrote the following answer, “No. Absolutely not. This question is a first for me. Sperm are pretty strong!”(1)
- Undated from healthtap.com, but appearing there on February 15, 2014, Dr. Robert K. Killian was asked if it is “ok to use coconut oil as lube for sex?”. He responded by writing “We avoid advocating for any product here. But, medicine would have no negative thing to say for this choice.” (2)
- In an undated online healthtap post Dr. Joel Gallant was asked if coconut oil can be used as a lubricant for sex. He was also asked if it will kill sperm or affect the chance to become pregnancy?” To which he wrote the following answer, “Coconut oil is fine as a lubricant, but it will not kill sperm or prevent pregnancy. It also should not be used with latex condoms. Use only water-based lubricants with condoms.” (3)
- Undated from healthtap.com, but appearing there on February 10, 2014, Dr. Pamela A. Pappas reported that virgin, coconut oil “should be fine” as a sexual lubricant, both vaginally and anally as well as for the pores, skin and reproductive system. She also noted that it quickly becomes a liquid at body temperature.(4)
- In a Psychology Today article published on November 8, 2010, called “Sex Lubes without Chemicals”, Dr. Paul Joannides, Psy.D explains two things:
- Olive oil molecules are too long to be absorbed into the walls of the vagina. As a result, much of the olive oil can stay in the vagina after intercourse, remaining in the rear of the vagina to cause problems.
- Coconut oil, on the other hand, is one of the few oils with short-chain molecules. This is why it will absorb into the epithelium of the vagina. (5)
- Undated from healthtap.com, but appearing there on February 10, 2014, Dr. Alfredo Nieves reported that using coconut oil as a lubricant is “Not a problem.” Additionally, he encourages usage in “small amounts” and “washing well after intercourse”. (6)
- Undated from healthtap.com, but appearing there on February 15, 2014, Dr. Stephen S. Rodrigues clearly stated “Yes!!!” It is ok to use coconut oil “inside and out … depending what you are going to do. On the skin, in cooking etc! It is from mother nature!!!” (7)
- In October 2011, Dr. Jennifer Gunter, MD wrote…
Many couples need/prefer lube during sex. However, many commercial lubricants can be irritating (or just aren’t quite right). Ingredients that many women find irritating are alcohol (most gel based lubricants) and glycerin and paraben (most water based lubes), never mind the stuff they add for smell and taste.
A great option for those who find commercial lubes irritating or are troubled by the fact than many of the ingredients remain unpronounceable to everyone but organic chemists is coconut oil. (8)
- In March 2013, Dr. Sara Celik, ND, BHSc, HMC in Canada, wrote…
“It’s probably the best organic lubricant for enhancing sexual pleasure and protecting your sexy parts from STD’s.”
At that time, she also reported that …
“One study showed using a lubricant was associated with a more than threefold greater risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection. Avoid creating a breeding ground for yeast and other pathogens by switching from commercial lubricants, which can be toxic to cells and tissues, to all natural coconut oil.” (9)
(1) https://www.healthtap.com/user_questions/798468-does-using-coconut-oil-as-a-lubricant-reduces-the-chance-of-pregnancy by Dr. Robert K. Killian. And, appeared there on February 17, 2014. Dr. Killian has a General Practice in Seattle, WA with a focus on male health, human immunodeficiency virus, sexually transmitted diseases, depression and weight loss.
(2) https://www.healthtap.com/topics/coconut-oil-lube by Dr. Robert K. Killian. And, appeared there on February 15, 2014. Dr. Killian specializes in Men’s Health issues which include Male Aging, Addiction, Sexuality and STDS. He is board certified for general practice and practices in Seattle, WA.
(3) https://www.healthtap.com/user_questions/1079556-can-i-use-coconut-oil-as-lubricant-for-sex-more-pain-at-my-first-time-sex-for-to-open-hymen-membrane-will-it-kill-sperm-or-affects-become-pregnant by Dr. Joel Gallant. And, appeared there on February 17, 2014. Dr. Gallant is Board Certified for Infectious Disease and practices in Sante Fe, NM. He focuses on HIV/AIDS, Syphilis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and sexually transmitted infections.
(4) https://www.healthtap.com/user_questions/612244-are-there-any-long-term-drawbacks-to-using-virgin-food-grade-coconut-oil-as-a-sexual-lubricant-both-vaginally-and-anally-pores-skin-reproductive by Dr. Pamela A. Pappas. And, appeared there on February 10, 2014. Dr. Pappas is a board-certified psychiatrist and homeopath in Scottsdale, AZ. She specializes in Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Panic Attacks and Psychiatry.
(5) http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/you-it/201011/sex-lubes-without-chemicals by Dr. Paul Joannides, Psy.D. And, appeared there on February 17, 2014. Dr. Joannides is an author, NCAA-approved speaker for college athletes on human sexuality and research psychoanalyst based in the Northwest, USA. He is the author of “The Guide to Getting it On”, a well-known guide on sexuality which is used in college and medical school sex-ed courses in the US and Canada. He is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and was formerly on the editorial board of the American Journal of Sexuality Education.
(6) https://www.healthtap.com/user_questions/268168-is-it-safe-to-use-coconut-oil-as-a-lubricant by Dr. Alfredo Nieves. And appeard there on Febraury 10, 2014. Dr. Nieves is a board certified gynecologist and practices in Chattanooga, TN. He specializes in Female Health, Endometriosis, Urinary Tract Infections, Menses and Vulvodynia.
(7) https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/261777-is-it-ok-to-use-coconut-oil by Dr. Stephen S. Rodrigues. And, appeared there on February 15, 2014. Dr. Rodrigues practices Family Medicine in Dallas, TX. He specializes in Accupuncture, Backaches, Facial pain, Urinary incontinence.
(8) Online Article: “Coconut Oil a Natural Lube” by Dr. Jennifer Gunter, MD. And, appeared there on February 17, 2014. Dr. Gunter practices Obstetrics and Gynecology at the San Francisco Medical Center in San Francisco, CA.
(9) Online Article: “Doctor’s Orders, Lube up with Coconut Oil” by Dr. Sara Celik, ND, BHSc, HMC. And, appeared there on February 17, 2014. Dr. Sara is part of the superior team of doctors and professionals at Elements Wellness + Medispa in Toronto, Canada. She is a highly skilled Naturopathic Doctor and Master Homeopathic Clinician. As a leading Naturopathic Doctor and Detox Expert, she regularly contributes to various health and beauty publications and has appeared as a health expert on television programs (CBC Television, RogersTV, W Network, CityTV, and CP24).
Article source: Tawne Bachus of Dirty Organics. Originally published here on February 17, 2014.
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