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Gwyneth Paltrow Wants You To Use Coconut Oil Instead Of Lube

"If it is safe to eat, it is generally safe to apply."

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Ms. Goop reached this alternative to lube in a Q&A interview with Dr. Maggie Ney, a co-director of the Women’s Clinic at the Akasha Center in Santa Monica:

Goop: Any non-toxic alternatives to lube that you would recommend? I.e., would you suggest something simple like coconut oil, or are there ramifications to using anything at all?

Dr. Ney: When it comes to lube, if it is safe to eat, it is generally safe to apply. If a lubricant is needed, I recommend organic coconut oil, olive oil, aloe vera gel, or almond oil—they are free from preservatives and are safe alternatives to conventional lubricants.

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Before you start slathering up your sex bits with some coconut oil, Dr. Ney says you shouldn't use this alternative to lube IF:

You experience reoccurring yeast infections...

Dr. Ney: I like to remind my patients that every body is unique and will respond differently to the products they use. Coconut oil—which has anti-microbial properties—could, potentially, disrupt vaginal flora. So I recommend taking a break from lubrication for women who experience recurrent yeast infections or chronic bacterial vaginosis.

You're trying to conceive...

Dr. Ney: It is also important to note that lubricants can affect sperm motility, so I advise against lubrication while trying to conceive.

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And if you're NOT trying to conceive.

Dr. Ney: Oils, however, do compromise the integrity of latex, so don't use oils with a latex condom.

So I guess you can only use coconut oil for lube when............ you're not using latex condoms, you're not trying to make a baby, you're not worried about STIs, your genitals aren't irritated by it, AND you don't mind smelling like sunscreen?