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Using lube is fun. What's not: Trying to pick a product amongst all of those drug store shelves stocked with tons of boxes. What also sucks: Not all of those lubricants are made equal. So how in the world do you navigate the world of lube? Well, we got you.
We tapped gynecologist, Tracy Scheller, M.D., to reveal the five lubes on the wonderful world of Amazon that have her stamp of approval. Now you can avoid all the drugstore drama and just click “add to cart.”
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If you’ve recently started referring to sex as "baby making," then this fertility-friendly lube’s for you. Because it mimics natural body secretions of fertile cervical mucus, Pre-Seed minimizes the harm to sperm motility, Scheller says. In other words, this product can help your man’s swimmers move in a straight line towards the egg instead of getting distracted.
Buy it: Pre-Seed Personal Lubricant 1.4oz, $18.96, amazon.com
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You read food labels, right? So why don’t you read lube labels (oh, there’s a nice ring to that!)? If you did, you’d likely see “parabens” and “glycerins” listed—but not in this water-based organic product. Since this brand is free of those ingredients, which can cause yeast infections and mess with your hormones, Good Clean Love Almost Naked Lubricant is an A+ option, Scheller says. Lube products containing glycerin can increase the risk for yeast infections because they have a sugar component, and yeast is a big fan of areas that are warm and moist (a.k.a. your vagina) and have a high sugar concentration. Parabens, used as preservatives to increase shelf life, have estrogen-like qualities and are considered to be hormone disruptors. This means the lube can actually act like estrogen in different areas of your body. And that's particularly unsafe for those who’ve had or have any hormone-sensitive cancers like breast cancer. For an organic product free of these ingredients go for this lube by Good Clean Love, Scheller says.
Buy it: Good Clean Love Almost Naked Lubricant 1.5oz, $10.49, amazon.com
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When it comes to silicone-based lubricant, Scheller recommends Uberlube because of what it doesn't contain. You won't find any irritating scents, flavors, or spermicides in this brand, Scheller says. “It can also be used for hair styling, massages, and used to prevent chafing,” she says. As a silicone-based product, Uberlube lasts longer than a water-based lube and is waterproof (read: shower sex). And because there’s no glycerin in it, it’s not super sticky, Scheller explains. An added perk? There’s vitamin E in it, making Uberlube even smoother and potentially less irritating for those sensitive folks out there. (Looking for a new sex toy to use your favorite lube with? Try this 20 function bullet vibe from the Women's Health Boutique.)
Buy it: Uberlube Luxury Lubricant 50ml, $18, amazon.com
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If you’re looking for an easily accessible, relatively inexpensive, and “tried-and-true” lube, Scheller recommends KY UltraGlide. The product has been around a long time. And as a water-based product, it can be used with silicone toys and is latex safe. Though it's super affordable, KY can dry out quickly and is notoriously sticky.
Buy it: KY UltraGel Personal Lubricant 4.5oz, $10.48, amazon.com
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“If someone wants something all organic, just go for a natural product like organic coconut oil,” Scheller says. Grab some from the kitchen cabinet and get the good vibes going with your partner—but be careful, oils may break down condoms.
Because it’s a solid at room temperature and melts as you put it on your body (as it heats up), coconut oil is far easier to apply and use than other oils, such as vitamin E oil or olive oil. Scheller also recommends organic coconut oil because it’s high in lauric acid, which naturally destroys bacteria, fungus, and viruses. But it stains everything. So if you’re not looking for oil-blotched sheets and clothes, this product may not be the best lube for you (or Monica Geller).
Buy it: Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, $9.95, amazon.com