By Chantelle Pattemore, Feb 14, 2022

Whether you want to moisten things up for pleasure or ease dryness, check what your lubricant is made of before slicking it on. Water-based formulations are best, says Dr. Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH, FACOG, double board-certified in OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine, and Director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx. This means “without flavor, perfume, alcohol, or glycerin added. Oil-based lubricants can cause defects in condoms, while perfume and alcohol can irritate tissues causing dermatitis,” she explains. “Glycerin is a sugar by-product and can be a food source for certain bacteria, so it’s best avoided.” 

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