Unfortunately, lube has become the little blue pill for women. It’s something women are starting to rely on in order to have a healthy and satisfied sex life. Why has society not stopped to address why vaginal dryness is happening, and what we can do about it?
Part of the reason is that lube is a huge business! The global market for sexual lubricants is expected to top $1.5 billion by 2025, and the market is flooded with options – silicone, vegan, aloe-based, water-based, flavored, warming, CBD-based, thin, thick, oily or slick.
Lubes can also cause allergic reactions in some women and do little to support sexual spontaneity. They can be messy, sticky, inconvenient and – let’s face it – expensive. Lubricants are largely chemical based, can further irritate inflamed and delicate tissues, and may contribute to the development of yeast infections. And if you are trying to get pregnant, artificial lubes act as a weak spermicide, so it is all the more important to avoid artificial lubricants when trying to get pregnant.
Millions of dollars and thousands of hours has been pumped into the study of male sexual dysfunction, yet female sexual dysfunction has gone relatively unstudied. That’s why only 5.8% of medical clinic websites discuss female sexual dysfunction, while 85% talk about male sexual dysfunction.