I recently read a post from one of my favorite blogs, Goop, in which they had interviewed a naturopath doctor, and it was spot on to questions my fellow Cherish members had been asking me about pregnancy, sex and lube. So many people are in the dark about pregnancy in general. But, who ever talks about sex during pregnancy?! Nobody. Most people don’t know that sex during pregnancy is highly encouraged! But is sex always on your mind while pregnant? Not always.
For those in the first trimester who suffer from extreme fatigue or nausea, sex can seem like a chore. When you are less excited by the idea of sex but still want that intimacy with your partner, it may take extra foreplay and even a little help from natural lube to get things going.
Why is natural lube such an important thing to keep in mind? Most of the popular lubes on the market contain parabens. Using lubricants with toxic ingredients, like parabens, has a direct effect on our reproductive system, since the vagina and anus are highly permeable areas. Anything applied to these surfaces can be absorbed directly into the body.
Parabens are a common preservative in most cosmetics that are used to prevent bacterial overgrowth. Exposure to parabens has been associated with cancer and reproductive health issues and hormone imbalances like fibroids, endometriosis, infertility and PMS. Parabens have actually been found inside breast tumor cells, which could imply that our systems do not efficiently metabolize and eliminate them from our bodies.
In addition to parabens, many standard lubes have other potential toxins in them as well, so when it’s time for you to get down and dirty with your loved one (pre, post-pregnancy or during*), make sure to use a natural lube, like one of the options we’ve listed below. A good rule of thumb is that if it’s safe to eat, it’s generally safe to apply.** :)
Natural Lubes that are free from preservatives:
Organic Coconut Oil
Organic Olive Oil
Organic Aloe Vera Gel
Organic Almond Oil