By Chloe Toscano, November 17, 2021

Kecia Gaither, M.D., double board-certified in OB-GYN and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx, told us coconut oil in its purest form makes an excellent moisturizer for external genitalia (your vulva). As for using it inside your vagina, there have been no scientific studies on the safety or effectiveness of using coconut oil as lube. But studies have shown it to be generally safe for use on the skin, and anecdotal reports from people using it as lube or to alleviate vaginal dryness have been positive.

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