Lubes aside, if you are having a hard time getting pregnant it might be more beneficial to buy a vibrator! If you can create a nice slippery environment for the sperm to travel through and if you can create an orgasm while being penetrated you will support your body in creating the ideal scenario, that mucous “sperm highway” that the sperm is purpose built to travel along! Why an orgasm? Because during an orgasm your uterus will contract along with lots of other related muscle groups and during those contractions your cervix will be pushed into the base of your vaginal canal where all of the sperm collects thus making it easier for those little guys to swim up and into the egg-bearing territory.
As to the lubes out there that claim to be “medically proven” to support getting pregnant, we’re not willing to endorse them so long as they all remain untested by Health Canada.
Some disadvantages: Silicone will bind to silicone toys, and over a period of time will create a layer of silicone that is rather unattractive. Silicone lubes may also stain sheets or clothing, so be sparing in your application. Or, throw down a drop sheet and go for it!
Sometimes people with allergies and sensitivities ask us about lube ingredients. The best advice we have is to know what you are allergic to: if you are allergic to Aloe Vera you will not respond well to a lube that is aloe based! Silicone lubricants are a great alternative for people with multiple sensitivities, as it is hypoallergenic.
If you don’t know where your sensitivities lie, do some experimenting. Come on into the store and do a little patch test on the inside of your elbow, just like at the allergists! Or purchase our Slip Kit, a selection of our best water based lubricants.
Glycerin is a clear, slightly sweet tasting liquid used in soap making. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some people find glycerin irritating, claiming it causes yeast infections. There’s no conclusive medical support for this idea, but you know your body best! If it doesn’t agree with you, there are lots of alternatives. Common sources of glycerin are animal fats and vegetable oil. (When we stock a lube with glycerin, it’s a vegetable derivative!)
Parabens are used as preservatives in many cosmetic and personal care products. Some people are cautious about parabens, and if you choose not to use them, we carry plenty of quality lubricants without them! Most high-end lubricants are now paraben-free, but we continue to carry some of our old favourites. We do this with the knowledge that Health Canada does not consider use of parabens to be a health risk.
From the Health Canada Consumer Product Safety site:
Parabens have been found to weakly mimic estrogens in animal studies. While this raises a concern because of the link between the hormone estrogen and breast cancer, there are many questions and conflicting scientific studies about the effects of low level estrogen in humans. For example, a 2004 British study that reported finding parabens in breast tumours has proved invalid and the U.S. Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel concluded that parabens are “safe as used” in cosmetics. In 2012 the Panel re-examined its previously published safety assessment of parabens and reaffirmed the safety of parabens as preservatives in the present practices of use and concentration in cosmetics.
Currently, there is no evidence to suggest a causal link between parabens and breast cancer. Health Canada will continue to monitor and review any new scientific data on parabens.
The organic industry is an interesting one since anything that is made out of organic matter can be called organic! That said, just as in the food industry, there are producers who choose to become certified. There are also degrees of “eco” and “organic”, in that some producers are using organic farming principles but have yet to meet certification guidelines. Lubricant manufacturers who choose to work with certified organic ingredients will include this information in their marketing material. There is no evidence that they are safer but then again there is not a lot of research money going into studying sexual health products! If you are a Tom’s soap user, or a Burt’s Bees fan, there are plenty of equivalent lubricants for you!