“They have been linked to breast cancer and found in tumors.
Manufacturers love them because they are cheap and effectively add shelf life to a product.Although the body breaks them down quickly, these chemicals are detected in urine, breast milk, and blood. Women are particularly at risk because they are more heavily exposed to the parabens that are so common in cosmetics.
Lubricants have a range of osmolalities or concentrations of osmotic solutions within a cell. A study conducted at John Hopkins on personal lubricants concluded that brands with a petrochemical base expose the cells to high osmolality, causing damage to vaginal and anal tissues that make them more susceptible to infections.
According to the study conducted by Brown at UCLA, 40 percent of the women who used petroleum jelly as a vaginal lubricant had bacterial vaginosis — an infection that can be caused by a number of common bacterial species — compared to 18 percent of women who did not use petroleum jelly.
“Many personal lubricants, like KY Jelly, contain glycerin, which breaks down to sugars and promotes yeast infections, and possibly also bacterial vaginosis,” says Weiss.
“Phenoxyethanol is used as an anti-bacterial agent in cosmetics as well as a stabilizer in perfume, but at high concentrations, phenoxyethanol can be harmful when absorbed through your skin, causing reproductive damage, and, according to the Food and Drug Administration, can depress the central nervous system in newborns,” explains Laurie Steelsmith a licensed naturopathic physician and HoneyColony Adviser.
The breakdown of phenoxyethanol in your body releases phenol, which can adversely affect your immune system. The Environmental Working Group lists phenoxyethanolas a moderate hazard, with possible links to toxicity and skin irritation.
“Although it’s found in very low concentrations in some sexual lubricants, you’d do best to keep away from it,” says Steelsmith.
Not surprisingly, propylene glycol may cause burning or tissue irritation in some women. Women need their mucous lining to fight off infections. If that barrier gets compromised, all bets are off.
We here at VuVatech like to include Slippery Stuff Paraben and Glycerin free lubricant with all of our neodymium vaginal dilators. This seems to be a favorite among women with pelvic pain. Learn more about Vaginal Dilator Therapy here.