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Why your lady parts want a safe, non-toxic lubricant

Kathleen Blanchard's picture
non-toxic lubricants and women's health

It doesn’t really matter why a woman might want, or perhaps need to use vaginal lubricant. It may be for comfort associated with vaginal dryness or it could be to enhance intimacy. EmaxHealth inteviewed Wendy Strgar, the founder of Good Clean Love about why women should choose a safe, non-toxic lube.


Good Clean Love is a vaginal lubricant that is safe - it’s paraben free and designed to work with a woman’s vaginal PH - something that’s important to all of us to avoid itching, allergy and other problems that can come from using a lubricant that many women already know should be avoided.

What’s wrong with paraben in lubricants?

Personal products - cosmetics and more - often contain methylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben, and ethylparaben; used as preservatives.

Some studies show parabens have an estrogen mimicking effect that potentially be carcinogenic. They are absorbed through the skin.

Chemicals that are endocrine disrupting are also linked to birth defects (think BPA as an example) and low sperm counts in men.

If you’re thinking of starting a family and ready for some love, you really want to make sure your and your spouse’s systems are ready to go in the healthiest way possible.

Parabens have actually been found in human breast tumors and in urine. (1, 2)

When it comes to choosing a safe lube, paraben is something you want to avoid. The chemical can also cause itching, rash and sensitivity in your lady parts.

Wendy Strgar, the founder of Good Clean Love told us why the FDA allows parabens in personal products.

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“The FDA does not judge product safety based on ingredients as we might expect. Instead they employ a methodology in 510K clearance that rely on predicate devices, which means that new products get approved are substantially similar to previously approved devices which have met conditions set years ago. This is complicated by the fact that the FDA requires and relies on animal testing biocompatibility data which does not provide accurate results of the toxic impact of hyperosmolar products on the vaginal ecosystem.”

Good Clean Love Lubricant is also free of petrochemicals….and if you think about it before reading on….why would anyone want to use petrochemicals ‘down there’ anyway?

Say no to petrochemicals in lubricant: Here’s why

Unfortunately, and shockingly - those flavored lubes; warming lubes that nobody needs anyway do contain petrochemicals. Many are manufactured in China where there are no safety regulations.

Petroleum products are also potentially cancer producing. They can also lead to bacterial vaginosis.

Wendy Strgar also shared that she herself suffered from “extreme” reactions petrochemical based products that dominate the market.

“I started researching and trying to find solutions for my own marriage. Over the years the research on sexual health products and common conditions like Bacterial Vaginosis galvanized me to becoming a soap box warrior. I believe all women deserve products that make them able to experience health and pleasure. Something has to be done to stop manufacturers in selling products that we know create toxic responses. That is what keeps me going.”

How does petroleum affects vaginal ecology?

According to Wendy, “The issue of petroleum based products concerns the osmolality or salt balance of the separate ingredients. If you remember back to chemistry when we learned about osmolality- how the cells job is to balance what is inside and outside of the cell wall... when a product formulation is up to 10 or 20 times heavier than the interior of the cells, they slough off. All of the moisture in the cell walls inundate the healthy lactobacilli that is present to fight off bad bacteria. The pH of the system goes up and creates a perfect host environment for bad bacteria, which is often becomes Bacterial Vaginosis, which is the most common condition that women struggle with.”

You can also learn more by visiting the Good Clean Love FAQ page. Have you had a negative experience with vaginal lubricants?

Disclosure: While Good Clean Love's PR company is one of eMaxHealth's occasional sponsors, the reporter had complete editorial freedom covering this story.