How concerned are you about how safe your lubricants are?

Contributor: lemony lemony
I have read up more after reading reviews. The chemicals/ingredients that were often pointed out because they are considered "bad" got the most attention.
Contributor: BluePixi BluePixi
I am getting downright paranoid about what I put on my skin and in my body, I get contact dermatitis in response to some allergens and do not in any way wish to discover how bad it might be if I was allergic to lube.
Contributor: Stephanie Marie Stephanie Marie
I don't know if anyone else reads Cosmo but in this month's it gives a warning as well.
Its says

"If your condoms and lubricant feature a spermicide called nonoxynol-9 on the ingredients list, trash them. Sure, this chemical does what it promises--it kills sperm. Problem is, recent studies point out that it also cna cause inflammation of delicate vaginal tissue, which in turn can leave you more vulnerable to STDs.
"Spermicide is basially detergent, so it makes sense that it can do some damage," explains Anne E. Burke, MD, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the John Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore."
Contributor: SapphirexIce SapphirexIce
I'm moderately concerned but its like ehhh, kinda iffy on the subject of health concerns with lubes.
Contributor: ichwillwaffels ichwillwaffels
Originally posted by 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 ... more
I buy lubes that are meant to be used at a store and read whats in them and where they are made. Not really into things from other countries.
Contributor: tickle me pink tickle me pink
I didn't used to be, but that's only because I assumed they were all safe! Same went for all my toys too, so after finding this site I've put a lot more restrictions on what I will and will not buy.
Contributor: melianofvalinor9 melianofvalinor9
I am so sensitive down there and prone to yeast infections that I always read the labels and make sure I have something that can work with my body.
Contributor: nicole07 nicole07
I try to only purchase lubes that are safe
Contributor: amandaco2011 amandaco2011
I pay a lot of attention to the ingredients.
Contributor: krisvida krisvida
I've used KY and Astroglide, but this information has never dawned on me. Guess I ought to pay more attention. We don't use much anyway.
Contributor: Rachel Nunez Rachel Nunez
I only use real lubes
Contributor: big b big b
started to wonder about who made it, what is in it,and where it come from about everthing. when the dog food almost killed my black lab
Contributor: Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
So far, it seems that I'm not prone to infections or anything like that. Since joining EF, though, I've become a bit more aware of the ingredients in my lubes, and now try to get glycerin- and paraben-free ones. It's not a huge concern, though.
Contributor: Anjulie Anjulie
Im really picky and prefer water based, esp sliquid--it's my favorite
Contributor: csweatc csweatc
I like grapeseed oil personally and also Albolene. Silicone lubes with the girlfriend
Contributor: ajwonder ajwonder
I have never had a problem with generic lubes thus far. Water-based only though.
Contributor: catalunalilith catalunalilith
i've never really tought about it... i'm usually fairly sensitive to things, but i've never has a reaction to any of my lubes...
Contributor: Bella-Sunshine (Couple Account) Bella-Sunshine (Couple Account)
I'm moderately concerned, and try to read through the ingredients
Contributor: cherrykisses cherrykisses
Originally posted by 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 ... more
I sometimes am concerned and put thought into it, but usually, I just grab what's available. So far, haven't had any problems, as far as I can remember.
Contributor: Endocott Endocott
I wouldn't really put anything that hasn't been historically used as a lubricant, as lube. Soap tends to burn just getting near the pee-hole, so I would avoid stuff like that.
Contributor: haley730 haley730
Contributor: M. Roth M. Roth
I'm sensitive, so I've been watching the ingredient lists for a couple years now. But I feel like I'll be watching even closer after reading that!
Contributor: Miss Anonymous Miss Anonymous
I'm not concerned at all, but will only use real lubricants
Contributor: AndroAngel AndroAngel
I'm super careful about what's in my lube, both for my sake and for my lover's, although to be honest, I'm more worried about him than myself.
Contributor: Kate Kate
I've figured out what works for me so I'm not concerned anymore but I've pretty much given up on warming lubes and have decided that cooling is the way to go but that's just personal preference I'm sure.
Contributor: Ms. Spice Ms. Spice
My vagina can get irritated with certain types of chemicals, so I make sure I read the ingredient list and use lubes that I know won't irritate me.
Contributor: markwashere markwashere
Contributor: Mihoshi4301 Mihoshi4301
I don't put too much into what I use other than seeing if it is water based.
Contributor: aliceinthehole aliceinthehole
i'm very cautious about what i use, as a lady susceptible to yeast infections and bladder infections.

i use sliquid products quite often, and generally steer clear of anything with glycerin or ingredients with names i can't pronounce, or names with numbers in them.

the less ingredients the better.
Contributor: mistressg mistressg
I only ever use Sliquid Organics. I have used lots of other lubes, but I am sticking with this one for now at least. I used to use Astroglide. But Sliquid Organics has no glycerin, parabens, or anything that I might find irritating in it. Plus, it's vegan.