Glycerin = Bad?

VioletMoonstone VioletMoonstone
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I'm kinda new and... I've been wondering about flavored lubes and some that say you can use them "down there" and some don't... But for the ones that do, I've read around that glycerin is bad and can give women yeast infections? Is glycerin just as bad as if it says it had sugar in it? What about ingredients like aspartame ect... Is that safe? What other ingredients should I be aware of? Thanks!
05/09/2011
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Wondermom Wondermom
Glycerin is essentially a sugar, so yes if a woman is sensitive to yeast infections it can cause issues. There are a lot of glycerin free lubes out there, even one made by Wet.

The other ingredients you want to watch for are perfumes, some women can have allergic reactions to them. Parabens are also a concern, "According to The Breast Cancer Fund, parabens are estrogen mimickers. They also increase the expression of many genes that are usually regulated by estradiol and cause human breast tumor cells (MCF-7 cells) to grow and proliferate in vitro."
05/09/2011
Shellz31 Shellz31
I've never had an issue at all with yummy flavored lubes with glycerin in them. But I've never had any infections at all, so I'm not sensitive like a lot of females are.

I DO however only use paraben free lubes!
05/09/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
I'd suggest getting sample sizes of different types of lubes and then find the one that works best for you.

Some women get insta-fections from glycerin lubes, others could use a handful of sugar and not have a single problem.
05/09/2011
P'Gell P'Gell
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Originally posted by VioletMoonstone
I'm kinda new and... I've been wondering about flavored lubes and some that say you can use them "down there" and some don't... But for the ones that do, I've read around that glycerin is bad and can give women yeast ... More
Every person is different, but outright sugar, honey, fruit extracts etc will be very likely to give many women yeast infections and perhaps urinary tract infections. Many women are sensitive to glycerin. I can't use it anywhere near my vagina or clitoris or near my urethra. I will get both vaginal and urinary tract infections and be in agony until I get treatment.

I also avoid flavored lubes like the plague, for one reason, because most of them are cheap lubes loaded with chemicals, sugars or aspartame, glycerin. Secondly, because I like sex to taste like....sex! I don't need to flavor My man's penis and balls, I like the way they smell and taste. And he certainly doesn't need my vulva and vagina to taste like a strawberry or a mint? Why? It tastes like pussy, it's supposed to. The kind of men I like are attracted to the CLEAN healthy smell of female lubrication. Masking that aroma can actually detract from the sexual experience.

My favorite lubes are ones with as few ingredients and as safe ingredients as possible. Our favorite lube is Sliquid H2O Ride. It's a water based lube with only 4 ingredients it it, no glycerin, no flavorings, no tingling or warming or cooling, no scent, just good thick lube. It's good for toys, PIV, anal play and anal sex. Anything you can think of. It's safe and well made and IMO, one of the best lubes on the market. There are other great lubes with small ingredient lists and safe ingredients. Sliquid also makes an Organic lube that many people like.

I think keeping it simply is the best way. I like my sex primal and real. No strawberries or flavors which don't belong in a vagina or on a penis.

Mileage and all that.
05/09/2011
Coralbell Coralbell
I use lubes with glycerin in them and I've never had any kind of infection. Some people are more sensitive though.
05/09/2011
married with children married with children
glycerin is used in just about every type of product. some examples:
Food industry In foods and beverages, glycerol serves as a humectant, solvent, and sweetener, and may help preserve foods. It is also used as filler in commercially prepared low-fat foods (e.g., cookies), and as a thickening agent in liqueurs. Glycerol and water are used to preserve certain types of leaves. As a sugar substitute, it has approximately 27 calories per teaspoon and is 60% as sweet as sucrose. Although it has about the same food energy as table sugar, it does not raise blood sugar levels, nor does it feed the bacteria that form plaques and cause dental cavities. As a food additive, glycerol is labeled as E number E422.

Glycerol is also used to manufacture mono- and di-glycerides for use as emulsifiers, as well as polyglycerol esters going into shortenings and margarine.

It is also used as a humectant (along with propylene glycol labelled as E1520 and/or E422) in the production of snus, a Swedish-style smokeless tobacco product.

As used in foods, glycerol is categorized by the American Dietetic Association as a carbohydrate. The U.S. FDA carbohydrate designation includes all caloric macronutrients excluding protein and fat. Glycerin has a caloric density similar to table sugar, but a lower glycemic index and different metabolic pathway within the body, so some dietary advocates accept glycerin as a sweetener compatible with low carbohydrate diets.

Pharmaceutical and personal care applicationsGlycerol is used in medical and pharmaceutical and personal care preparations, mainly as a means of improving smoothness, providing lubrication and as a humectant. It is found in allergen immunotherapies, cough syrups, elixirs and expectorants, toothpaste, mouthwashes, skin care products, shaving cream, hair care products, soaps and water based personal lubricants. In solid dosage forms like tablets, Glycerol is used as a tablet holding agent. For human consumption, glycerol is classified by the U.S. FDA among the sugar alcohols as a caloric macronutrient.

Glycerol is a component of glycerin soap, which is made from denatured alcohol, glycerol, sodium castorate (from castor), sodium cocoate, sodium tallowate, sucrose, and water. Sometimes one adds sodium laureth sulfate, or essential oils for fragrance. This kind of soap is used by people with sensitive, easily-irritated skin because it prevents skin dryness with its moisturizing properties. It draws moisture up through skin layers and slows or prevents excessive drying and evaporation. It is possible to make glycerol soap at home.

Used as a laxative when introduced into the rectum in suppository or small-volume (2to10ml)(enema) form; irritates the anal mucosa and induces a hyperosmotic effect.

Topical pure or nearly pure glycerol is an effective treatment for psoriasis, burns, bites, cuts, rashes, bedsores, and calluses. It can be used orally to eliminate halitosis, as it is a contact bacterial desiccant. The same property makes it very helpful with periodontal disease; it penetrates biofilm quickly and eliminates bacterial colonies.
05/10/2011
NarcissisticLust NarcissisticLust
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Originally posted by Wondermom
Glycerin is essentially a sugar, so yes if a woman is sensitive to yeast infections it can cause issues. There are a lot of glycerin free lubes out there, even one made by Wet.

The other ingredients you want to watch for are perfumes, some ... More
Thank you for the paraben information!
05/10/2011
VioletMoonstone VioletMoonstone
Thanks for the info. =]
06/11/2011
VioletMoonstone VioletMoonstone
Parabens sound terrible! Yikes! I'm staying away from those for sure...
06/22/2011
DiscretionAdvised DiscretionAdvised
Are warming products just marketing glycerin irritation as a feature?
10/12/2011
Review It Review It
Quote:
Originally posted by Wondermom
Glycerin is essentially a sugar, so yes if a woman is sensitive to yeast infections it can cause issues. There are a lot of glycerin free lubes out there, even one made by Wet.

The other ingredients you want to watch for are perfumes, some ... More
Im glad I read this because like Violet MoonStone I am kinda new to these products and was wondering the same things about glycerin. I will make sure to make sure it says it does not contain it
12/11/2011
oldnbold43 oldnbold43
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Originally posted by P'Gell
Every person is different, but outright sugar, honey, fruit extracts etc will be very likely to give many women yeast infections and perhaps urinary tract infections. Many women are sensitive to glycerin. I can't use it anywhere near my vagina or ... More
I am in total agreement with you in regard to taste and scent. Thank you!!!
09/12/2012
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