Is Coconut Oil Safe for Internal Adult Use?

It is quite common for people today to use coconut oil in the kitchen. It is also quite common for people to use it in the bedroom.

As a rule, you should try to keep the coconut oil in your kitchen, seperated from the coconut oil in your bedrooom. In fact, it is recommended that you keep a large container in your kitchen and a smaller container in your bedroom. Doing this will permit you to use the coconut oil container in your kitchen to refill the container in your bedroom, with no threat of cross contaminating your food.

That being said, there appears to be some concern with the use of coconut oil for wildly imaginative adult purposes. Certainly other oils have been well documented as being bad for vaginal use and as a personal lubricant.

However, coconut oil is not like these other oils. In fact, coconut oil is quite different in (at least) one big, dramatic way. It is comprised of medium-chain triglycerides (similarly referred to as containing medium-chain fatty acids). Other oils, like olive oil, are comprised of long-chain fatty acids.

In a Psychology Today article published on November 8, 2010, called “Sex Lubes without Chemicals”, published in the column “As You Like It/the Latest on Sex”, Dr. Paul Joannides, Psy.D explains two things:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

In more general terms, the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) agrees that coconut oil is safe, as described by the Select Committee on GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) and as posted on the FDA’s Website (1):

  • “None of the available biological information indicates that these substances (Coconut oil, peanut oil, oleic acid, and linoleic acid) are hazardous to man or animals even when consumed at levels… of magnitude greater than could result from their use…”
  • “There is no evidence in the available information on coconut oil, peanut oil, and oleic acid that demonstrates, or suggests reasonable grounds to suspect, a hazard to the public…”

To help ease concern, several Doctor’s also recommend coconut oil for internal use:

  • Undated from, 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. (6)
  • Undated from, but appearing there on February 10, 2014, Dr. Joel Gallant reported “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.” (7)
  • Undated from, 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”. (5)
  • Undated from, 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.” (8)
  • Undated from, 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!!!” (9)
  • In October 2011, Dr. Jen 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. (2)

  • In March 2013, Dr. Sara Celik, leading Naturopathic Doctor and Detox Expert 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.” (3)

And, if this happens to be the first time you have heard that commercial lubricants may be bad for you, please consider the following list of ingredients commonly found in them:

  • Parabens – mimic estrogen and have been linked to breast cancer.
  • Petroleum-based – Feared to trap bacteria when used internally, increasing the risk of infection.
  • Glycerin (or words starting with “glycol” in the ingredients) – These ingredients provide a sugary feast for yeast.
  • Alcohols – naturally dry and can be irritating to sensitive skin.

It should also be noted that some commercial lubricants may prevent conception. This is not known to be the case with coconut oil. Whereas, studies show that lubricants like KY, Astroglide and FemGlide affect both sperm quality and mobility by slowing them down and damaging DNA. So if you are trying to conceive, some traditional lubes are not recommended.

In closing, if you happen to have candida, you should probably avoid the following foods (4):

  • Alcohol – also an ingredient in some commercial lubes
  • Citric Acid – the manufactured, additive form of citric acid is derived from yeast. However the natural form, as found in lemons and limes, is OK on the diet.
  • Fruit – because of the high sugar content
  • Grains/Gluten – may strain the immune system
  • Processed Meat – because they often contain high levels of dextrose nitrates, sulfates and sugars.
  • Mushrooms – eating fungi may cause an inflammatory reaction if already suffering from Candida.
  • Sugar – also an ingredient in some commercial lubes
  • Vinegar – sometimes made in a yeast culture, it depletes the stomach of acids and can also cause inflammation in your gut. However, one particular vinegar (unfiltered apple cider vinegar) may actually be helpful in combating a Candida overgrowth.


(1) And, appeared there on January 22, 2014.

(2) on October 31, 2011. And, appeared there on December 12, 2013.

(3) And, appeared there on January 14, 2014.

(4) And, appeared there on January 30, 2014.

(5) 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.

(6) 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.

(7) by Dr. Joel Gallant. And, appeared there on February 10, 2014. Dr. Gallant is board certified for infectious disease and practices in Sante Fe, NM. He specialized in HIV/AIDS, Syphilis and STDs.

(8) 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.

(9) 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.

Article source: Tawne Bachus of Dirty Organics. Originally published here on January 30, 2014.

Please note that while this site offers information, it should not be taken as medical advice.

Please consult a trusted medical professional before using the information on this site.

Results should be expected to vary from individual to individual. Also, please understand that you may still need to do other things to support your health in addition to using the information on this site as the information on this site is not intended for diagnosis or treatment.

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