How concerned are you about how safe your lubricants are?

Annemarie Annemarie
I recently read this article about how some lubricants that contain salts or sugars could damage the vaginal or anal lining, making diseases more prevalent. I knew that sugars throw off the vagina's pH, but I had no idea that it made you susceptible to STDs because of it. What lubes do you use (not the poll question)?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I'm not concerned at all, and will use just about anything, even things not meant for lubrication (like soap, etc).
1  (0%)
I'm not concerned at all, but will only use real lubricants.
25  (8%)
I'm moderately concerned, but don't really do anything about it.
34  (11%)
I'm moderately concerned, and try to read through the ingredients list for harmful stuff.
128  (42%)
I'm very concerned, but don't always use the best lubricants.
30  (10%)
I'm very concerned, and always use the best lubricants.
82  (27%)
Other (please specify below).
2  (1%)
Total votes: 302
Poll is closed
07/06/2010
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Jul!a Jul!a
Honestly, I had never put much thought into what kind of lubes I used. Until I came here, then I realized that I must just have a really resilient vagina, because there are a lot of things I can use with no problems (that I've noticed so far) that a lot of other people have problems with. I try to avoid glycerins and parabens and the like, but I won't refuse a lube because it contains them.

I'm using mostly ID products right now, but that's because that's most of my collection right now.
07/06/2010
Annemarie Annemarie
I don't always need lubrication, but I keep some on hand for more girthy toys and partners. I use ID Glide, but will be switching it out for something safer soon, after reading that article. Currently, I don't need to worry about STDs or anything like that, but ruining my vaginal lining isn't good.

It's not something I really worried about before.
07/06/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
ID Glide is what I had been using the most, although I don't use it very often. And after reading that article (don't know how I didn't before), ID Glide is what he'll be using and I'll be finding something else.
07/06/2010
TitsMcScandal TitsMcScandal
My man is allergic to certain things, so that really limits what we buy. Not to mention, even with good products, *I* react sometimes. So it has been a not very pleasant journey to finding lube that works for us. We very rarely use it, but when we do we want to make sure it won't lead to one of us breaking out.
07/06/2010
Alicia Alicia
I chose that I am concerned but don't ALWAYS use the best ones. I almost always do though, but there has been times I've used things with glycerin or parabens though. I rarely use lubricant though and when I do I don't use much.
07/06/2010
Annemarie Annemarie
Quote:
Originally posted by TitsMcScandal
My man is allergic to certain things, so that really limits what we buy. Not to mention, even with good products, *I* react sometimes. So it has been a not very pleasant journey to finding lube that works for us. We very rarely use it, but when we ... More
Definitely, in those circumstances, I'd keep probably to the same lubricant for life.
07/06/2010
Owl Identified Owl Identified
I chose that I'm concerned but don't always use the best lubricants. Certain things I avoid absolutely at all costs when it comes to penetration; I never use any lube with glycerin for penetration (into my own body, at least). I'm very sensitive and glycerin definitely fucks up my vagina's equilibrium. Besides that, I try to stick with stuff that's free of parabens, but that's not a huge issue for me because there really isn't any irrefutable evidence that suggests I should avoid them absolutely.
07/06/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
I'm moderately concerned and do sometimes look at all the ingredients. I have a collection of many different types from the safest higher end organic or Dr. Love line, to the cheaper and less safe Astroglide/ID/Wet types.

I have never had a problem with lubricants that I know of, but if I knew that it was possible, I would be checking everytime.
07/07/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I wasn't too thrilled with KY and never desperate enough to use astroglide. My partner is sensitive to sugars, so I keep an eye out for that. If I do get a sugared lube, it's for solo play only.
07/07/2010
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
We're so lube paranoid it's ridiculous and we always look at all the ingredients. Mainly it's because how many lubes have given one or the other of us a negative reaction (rashes, burning. etc.) so we watch for the ingredients we know cause it. But for me, I won't use most of the lubes on the market (especially the two top names) because I don't believe that the toxic ingredients are ok to put in your cooch just because they're used in "small amounts."

Basically, if we get a toy that we can't use with coconut oil or silicone, the only thing we've come to trust so far is Swede Aqua Comfort.
07/07/2010
Envy Envy
I'm somewhat concerned and I do read the ingredients but have yet to be allergic to anything. I won't use flavored lubes though because I'm paranoid about a UTI or yeast infection. Warming lubes tend to gave me a weird reaction and burns way too much, never tried cooling/tingling though.

The things about lubes is I like them thick, and sometimes I have to sacrifice avoiding certain ingredients to have a thick enough lube.

Was also going to add I use KY Jelly, but not anally. It's more a backup lube and I usually only use it clitorially, but Astroglide? Eh, wayyy too watery.

My fave lube is, was, and always has been Hathor.
07/07/2010
Liz2 Liz2
I have had negative reactions from lube. Right now, Maximus is the one on my nightstand and used almost all the time for everything, w/o negative reactions..
I have always been leery about silicone lubes as most of my toys are silicone but it certainly works and lasts and lasts but a pain to remove from my parts...
07/07/2010
Gary Gary
I never really think about it.
07/07/2010
buzzvibe buzzvibe
I have sensitive skin and am prone to yeast infections, so I definitely avoid anything with glycerin. If it's paraben free as well, that's great, but I've had bad reactions from some lubes that were glycerin and paraben free. So far, I like Slippery Stuff Gel better than anything else I've used. Hathor would be my second choice, followed closely by Pink Water. I still really want to try Wet Naturals and Sliquid Organics.
07/07/2010
Ollie Vee Ollie Vee
I'm more concerned about allergies, perfumes and flavorings than glycerine or parabens so having the ingredients out there where I can read them prevents embarrassing cases of itchy twitchy twat.
07/08/2010
Annemarie Annemarie
Quote:
Originally posted by Ollie Vee
I'm more concerned about allergies, perfumes and flavorings than glycerine or parabens so having the ingredients out there where I can read them prevents embarrassing cases of itchy twitchy twat.
"Itchy twitchy twat" is SO my phrase of the week!
07/08/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Quote:
Originally posted by Annemarie
"Itchy twitchy twat" is SO my phrase of the week!
and reminds me of a mid-90's country song with Hanna Montana's dad
07/08/2010
Annemarie Annemarie
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
and reminds me of a mid-90's country song with Hanna Montana's dad
But don't itch my twat, my itchy, twitchy twat
I just don't think it'd understand
And if you itch my twat, my itchy, twitchy twat
She might blow up and kill this man

07/08/2010
Liz2 Liz2
Quote:
Originally posted by Gary
I never really think about it.
Ah Gary, guys look at this so differently. Guys don't get UTI's, not too often anyway. My b/f doesn't care what I use, but he so loves the results.
He never used lube prior to me but now he will wash a toy and lube it prior to play.
I may be compulsive but I try to read content labels on almost everything.
07/08/2010
gone77 gone77
I've tried a variety of lubricants and haven't had any issues, so I'm not terribly concerned about the ingredients. It's just never been an issue with me. *shrug*
07/08/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Annemarie
But don't itch my twat, my itchy, twitchy twat
I just don't think it'd understand
And if you itch my twat, my itchy, twitchy twat
She might blow up and kill this man

Ahahahahahahahaha, cracking up over here playing that in my head, lmao
07/16/2010
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I am concerned about ingredients - but I'm not worried about animal testing. The lubricants come in contact with my lover's most sensitive parts - so I want the best for her. I always spring for the best quality that I can. Our favorite at this point is YES from the UK.
07/16/2010
Avant-garde Avant-garde
Whenever I look into new lubes I look at the ingredients. I don't get ones that have certain ingredients like parabens,formaldehyde etc. luckily my company seems to make decent ones.
07/17/2010
Kayla Kayla
I honestly have to say I'm not concerned at all. I've used a variety of lubricants, and I have yet to get a yeast infection or other problems. As long as other reviewers haven't had problems with it, I'm likely to try it out.
07/18/2010
PassionQT PassionQT
I usually don't read the labels. I go by trial & error. I cannot use KY, it stings. But Astroglide, Colt, Wet, and Slik Stick, are all good for me.
07/18/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Quote:
Originally posted by Avant-garde
Whenever I look into new lubes I look at the ingredients. I don't get ones that have certain ingredients like parabens,formaldehyde etc. luckily my company seems to make decent ones.
Formaldehyde!?!?!?!

WOW!

I'll stick with Maximus, thanks.
07/21/2010
brokenangel brokenangel
I had never really thought of it before this question. Believe me thought will be put into the next purchase...
07/31/2010
ScottA ScottA
I'm sensitive to chemicals, so if I don't think about it I get a nasty surprise that stops play for a while.

It's really irritating when you can't figure out what the problem is (Boy Butter should work fine, but it doesn't for me. Still don't know what gives).
08/01/2010
Gallowraven Gallowraven
I never put much more thought into it other than, water or silicone? Slippery or sticky? And is it warming/tingling or not?
08/02/2010
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Unique posters: 128