It took me almost 11 years of marriage to love sex like I do now. I feel like I have lost something though…my body is older now, and it does not work like it used to when I was younger. The one thing that I notice the most that bothers me the most is my ability (or should I say inability) to produce my own natural lubrication. It just doesn’t happen anymore….well, it does slightly when I am ovulating, but that is the time when my husband and I practice our NFP and come up with other ways to satisfy our needs. I decided to do some research on natural lubrications.
It was disheartening at first to read that some women have the opposite reaction to me…they produce too much lube! But then I found one site that I giggled at…Dr. Sue Johanson suggests on her website that when we produce our own natural lubrication, that we are “horny” (her words). SO that is my problem! I am not horny! (Sorry, I just had to giggle there) Estrogen is a major factor in self lubrication. As you approach your late 30’s and early 40’s, the level of estrogen in your body may not be as high and when you were younger. THIS made more sense to me. I am possibly entering in the perimenopausal stage of my life, so changes in the hormones in my body do and will affect my sex life now.
So what am I to do about lubrication? I can tell you that sex without it can be painful for me, so my husband and I went through a process of elimination to choose the right lube for us. We tried KY Jelly and found it very sticky and not too comfortable. We tried Astroglide as well. I like it better than KY. Then we heard about coconut oil.
At first, I was like…”Don’t you cook with coconut oil”, but coconut oil was non greasy, it didn’t stain our sheets, it was inexpensive (we buy Louana coconut oil at Walmart for $3 a tub), and it worked awesome! Since we don’t use condoms, we have no problem with using coconut oil, but if you do use condoms, be sure to choose a water based lube. The oil will break down a condom. Now there are times when I do like to go back to Astroglide or we’ve even tried flavored lubes like Juicy Lube (great for oral sex!!!) , but for the bang for the buck (hee hee), coconut oil is the way to go.
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OK, so I’m dumb, but what is NFP?
Natural Family Planning
YAY! I get ridiculed all the time for choosing NFP. Its nice to know there is others out there doing the same. =)
Interesting…I’ll have to do some research on this one. The former nurse part of me says that this is a bad idea…oil based ANYTHING near your lady parts, especially something containing sugars such as coconut oil, can potentially set you up for some pretty fierce irritation and yeast or bacterial infections. Probably better to use it only for oral sex and hand jobs and keep it away from the vajayjay. JMO.
The only problem that I have had with coconut oil is that my body tends to suck it up like dry skin sucks up lotion. I have never had bacterial irritations from it. I have used it for YEARS and for me, it is the best lubricant I have ever used. It’s good for massaging, too, which can lead to intercourse … no need to stop to apply lube, you’ve already got it!