Read on to find out why. Research Baby oil is a petroleum-based mineral oil. Baby oil is refined further for use in skin care products and is safe when used externally on the skin. It has been shown to effectively protect babies from diaper rash.
It will remain on the skin until it is physically removed by cleansing. After sex, baby oil will prove difficult to wash off with just soap and water. It may take some scrubbing, which can irritate your skin.
A recent study discovered that women who had used petroleum jelly as lube were more than twice as likely to have bacterial vaginosis compared to women who did not use petroleum jelly as lube during the same month. Baby oil will break down a latex condom Any oil-based lubricant can destroy latex condoms very quickly. Baby oil and all other oils should never be used with condoms, diaphragms, or cervical caps made out of latex. Research has shown that condom breakage can occur in as little as a minute when using mineral oils.
A broken condom puts you at risk of contracting a sexually transmitted infection STI or becoming pregnant. If you use it for masturbation and then use it for sex with a condom afterward without showering, it will still cause the latex to degrade. Oil-based lubes can stain bed linens and clothing Like any other type of oil-based lubricant, baby oil can cause stains on your linens and clothing. The stains will be difficult or impossible to remove.
Petroleum can degrade these materials and turn your sex toys into a horrible mess. What to use instead A better option than baby oil would be to head to the store to purchase an inexpensive lube designed with your safety and pleasure in mind.
There are three kinds of lube: Water-based lubricants are safe to use with condoms and sex toys; they have a tendency to dry out, but you can always reapply as needed. They can also stain your linens and increase the risk of yeast infections or STIs. Silicone-lubricants are silky and usually last longer than water-based lubes.
Water-based lubes are a good choice for both masturbation and intercourse. Make sure to read the label. Most over-the-counter personal lubricants are safe for most people if used as directed.
Lubes can make sex so much better, but choosing the right product can make or break the experience. If you have any concerns about your sexual health, talk to a doctor. Healthline and our partners may receive a portion of revenues if you make a purchase using a link above.