Should I Use Coconut Oil as a Lube for Vaginal Dryness?

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By Rebecca S. and Amy S. | Updated: Jan 28, 2020

Ladies

Vaginal dryness is an extremely common symptom of the menopausal transition with more than half of women still suffering from it in postmenopause.1 Fortunately, there are various home remedies a woman can try to cope with this uncomfortable symptom, one of them being the use of coconut oil.

Continue reading to learn more about using coconut oil for vaginal dryness during menopause as a means to a pleasurable end. 

Coconut oil is a safe and comfortable choice for vaginal dryness.

What Is Vaginal Dryness?

Vaginal dryness results from insufficient natural lubrication, which leads to inflammation and thinning of the vaginal walls. It can be identified by a stinging, itching, or burning sensation in the vagina, and even by pain or light bleeding during sex.

Vaginal dryness is usually caused by low estrogen levels, which is why it affects those going through menopause and postmenopause.

Pros of Using Coconut Oil for Vaginal Dryness

For women looking for natural lubricants, coconut oil has several advantages:

  • It moisturizes and soothes the vaginal area.
  • It's cheap, making it a cost-effective alternative.
  • It's antibacterial and anti-fungal.
  • It is easy to find in most grocery stores.
  • It is natural and does not contain artificial ingredients.
  • Unlike synthetic lubricants, natural oils like coconut oil can safely be used inside the vagina.

Cons of Using Coconut Oil for Vaginal Dryness

While generally safe and well tolerated, using coconut oil for vaginal dryness does have certain disadvantages, including:

  • It has a distinctive scent, which some may find off-putting.
  • It can break down the latex in some condoms, thus increasing the risk of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).2
  • It can potentially affect vaginal pH, making a woman more prone to infections.

How to Use Coconut Oil for Vaginal Dryness

To work as a lubricant, coconut oil can be applied on the opening and inside the vagina right before intercourse.3 You may also apply it on the penis or sex toys, if using.

Women can also use coconut oil as a moisturizer during the day. To do so, apply a small amount of the oil in and around the vagina several times per week.

To decrease the risk of vaginal infections, it is important to always wash hands before applications.

Further Tips to Deal with Vaginal Dryness

Certain factors can trigger or worsen dryness. Try avoiding the following:

  • Underwear made of synthetic materials, which may irritate the area.
  • Scented or harsh soaps, cleansers, and toilet paper, including douches and laundry detergents

In addition, there are other methods to help with intimacy for those who are suffering from vaginal dryness or who are unsure of their need for lube, including:

Treatments for Vaginal Dryness

While coconut oil for vaginal dryness does help temporarily relieve the symptom, long-term alleviation comes from treating the underlying cause. As aforementioned, in menopausal women, this is usually hormonal imbalance. Click on the following link for more information about natural and effective treatments for vaginal dryness.

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