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Vaginal Lubricants | Vaginal Cream Dangers

Not all Vaginal Lubricants | Vaginal Cream Are Created Equal

Vaginal dryness is a problem for millions of American women. Whether the basic problem is menopausal vaginal dryness or one of many other causes of intimate dryness—the discomfort can escalate quickly. And it can get bad enough that women are inclined to try anything that promises relief.

Unfortunately that’s a mistake. Be aware that over-the-counter vaginal lubricants or vaginal cream are NOT all created equal.

Beware of Vaginal Cream with Glycerin

Glycerin is the most serious danger. An ingredient often found in vaginal cream, glycerin carries with it a medical hazard sign in the U.S. Chemical Catalog. So before you purchase any over-the-counter product intended to serve as a vaginal dryness treatment, check the list of ingredients because glycerin can be given many other names. For example: 

  • glycerine 
  • propane-(1,2 or3)-triol
  • (1,2 or3)-propanetriol
  • (1,2 or3)-trihydroxypropane
  • glyceritol
  • glycyl alcohol

All these ingredients are byproducts of fermented carbohydrate, otherwise known as sugar. That makes them dangerous to anyone with a sensitivity to blood sugar variances. Those with diabetes are especially at risk. For them, vaginal lubricants containing glycerin can cause bladder infection, vaginal irritation and vaginal yeast infection following intercourse.

Avoid Vaginal Lubricants with these other “red flag” ingredients …

Alcohol, dyes or added fragrances. It’s also best to avoid any personal lubricant that includes alcohol, dyes or added fragrances. All these ingredients can result in burning and inflammation. And some women actually have allergic reactions to them that result in painful vaginal irritation.

Water-based vaginal lubricants. Water-based lubricants can irritate yeast infections. Yeast proliferates in water. So it’s not uncommon for a woman to experience the itchiness of yeast infection within just a few days of using most vaginal lubricants. For this group, in particular, an oil-based vaginal cream is a much better option.

Choose a Vaginal Cream That is Oil-Based

There are advantages to an oil-based lubricant. In addition to avoiding yeast-infection irritations, an oil-based lubricant is self-cleansing, so there’s no messy residue or follow-up douching required. It won’t run or dry up quickly.  That means it can be applied hours before intercourse, and still protect delicate vaginal tissue. That protection lowers the risk of vaginal trauma and the vaginal irritation that follows. It also lowers the risk of excessive friction, which can leave women vulnerable to bladder infection.

Creme de la Femme: the ultimate vaginal cream

Creme de la Femme is one of a rare few glycerin-free, oil-based vaginal lubricants. Formulated by a woman doctor, Creme is a soothing vaginal dryness treatment that can be used safely by every woman.  It can be applied externally after bath or shower, for all-day comfort. Some women prefer to apply internally, using the sleek applicator that accompanies every purchase.

Our vaginal lubricants are made entirely without alcohol or dye, blending pharmaceutical-grade mineral oil with petrolatum. Just a bit of paraffin and ceresin are added, creating an ultra-sheer vaginal cream that stays semi-solid at room temperature. Then, the minute it touches warm skin, it melts into silky moisture that lasts for hours.

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Vaginal lubricants, like Creme de la Femme vaginal cream is safe for women to use to treat vaginal dryness.