Parabens In Personal Lubricants

Parabens In Personal Lubricants | Vavven™

There is a lot of discussion about personal lubricants that contain parabens, a synthetic preservative, and if they are good for you.

Well we don’t agree with their use, but we cannot tell you conclusively that they’re bad for your health, all we can do is give you the existing science and let you make up your own mind.

Parabens are synthetic preservatives that your skin can absorbed. There is a whole family of parbens and they’re made by reacting an alcohol with p-hydroxybenzoic acid (the change in alcohol provides the varieties).

A review of research on Parabens between 2004 – 2008 by Darbre & Harvey found:

  • Intact parabens were present in human urine, meaning our bodies are not breaking down the chemicals
  • Parabens can be absorbed through our skin
  • Parabens were repeatedly shown to have estrogen disruption (ED) impacts
  • Parabens were genotoxic, meaning they can damage the genetic information in cells causing mutations

In 2013 the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health published a paper noting “EDs may be blamed for the rising incidence of human reproductive disorders. This constitutes a serious public health issue that should not be overlooked. Therefore, precautionary avoidance of exposure to EDs is a prudent attitude in order to protect humans and wildlife from permanent harmful effects on fertility.”

And a 2002 study exposing rats to currently acceptable levels of polyparabens resulted in reduced sperm production.

Where Are Parabens Found?

They’ve been used since the 1950s as a preservative (preventing bacteria growth). And they’re the most widely used cosmetic preservative. Parabens are also often used in pharmaceuticals and food. Yes your food!

Parabens health risks are certainly contested, but there’s good reason to believe this family could affect the natural hormone system (endocrine) of our bodies. And considering the paraben family is in so many of our daily products the real concern we see is the cumulative exposure.

Personal lubricants are placed in areas that allow for greater absorption, and they are used frequently. There are so many paraben free lubes on the market there is really no reason not to find an alternative.

How To Reduce Your Paraben Exposure?

This ingredient is everywhere, personal lubricants and other body care products, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, even a host of food. So read the label and put down anything that contains something ending in ‘parabens’, it’s a big family.

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Lubricant Osmolality And Why It’s Important

Lubricant Osmolality And Why It Is Important | Vavven™

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Osmolality. What Is It?

For our needs osmolality is simply the concentration of a water-based lubricant.

If you want to get slightly more technical – Osmolality is a measure of the concentration of dissolved particles per unit of water in a water based liquid and it’s measured in milliosmoles per kilogram (mOsm/kg).

Why Is Personal Lubricant Osmolality Important?

The osmolality of your water based lubricant is of interest because of where you place it, your vulva, anus, or penile urethra (your pee hole).

The outer layer of skin in these areas is made of cells that let water flow freely in and out of them as needed (non-keratinized for the sex nerds).

The cells do this trying to maintain equilibrium between themselves and whatever water based liquid is touching them.

So if the osmolality of your body area cells is different to the osmolality of the water based lubricant molecules, then your body cells will adjust by either absorbing water or releasing it.

What Does A Change In Cell Water Level Do?

If your body cells absorb enough water while trying to equalise, they can burst and die. This can happen if your lubricant is very hypo-osmotic, this is an uncommon product.

And if the body cells release enough water while trying to equalise, they can dehydrate and die. This can happen if your lubricant is very hyper-osmotic, and the majority of lubes on the market are hyper-osmotic!

How Do Damaged Cells In At My Anus, Vulva, or Penis Affect Me?

Dead and damaged cells in these tender body areas are an issue because

  1. the function of these cells is to help prevent dirt and bacteria from entering into your body and
  2. the area can become irritated and more susceptible to infection “for example by HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)” World Health Organisation.

“for example by HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)”

World Health Organisation.

Most commercial personal lubricants have high osmolalities (2000–6000 mOsm/kg). The normal osmolality of vaginal secretions is 260–290 mOsm/kg and in semen it is 250–380 mOsm/kg.

The World Health Organisation recommends their procurement agencies “should source lubricants with osmolalities of not greater than 1200 mOsm/kg.”

The big issue is checking your lubricant osmolality, because it is not on the label!

How Do You Buy Intimate Lubricant With The Correct Osmolality Range If It’s Not On The Bottle?

Speaking openly about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), means chatting about your bedroom and your lubricant osmolality and more research is needed in this field to keep us all safe.

To find a great lubricant, look for a supplier who carries educational information and only stocks body safe lubricants. Take Vavven™, for instance. A social enterprise that sells body safe adult toys to help promote SRHR in local communities and around the world, Vavven™ carries a broad spectrum of ethically produced products including lubricants which have had their osmolality range checked. They also continue to work with industry bodies and highlight issues to regulators.

Below is a list of osmolality for common lubricants.

Use and procurement of additional lubricants for male and female condoms: WHO/UNFPA/FHI360

The WHO recommend osmolality is less than 1200 mOsm/kg.

 The Ideal pH for the vulva is 4.5 & the ideal pH for the anus is 5.5-5.7

A Little Help Is Needed?

Lubricants certainly have a pleasure aspect due to the sensation, but there’s a much larger health aspect. Changes in moisture affect all vulva owners at any age, and the anus is not self-lubricating so lubricant is essential.

No matter who you are and how long you’ve been around, a drop or two of lubricant will bring a smile to all involved. Our personal lubricant range is body safe and fun, so give it a splash.

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Oral Dental Dams

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A Dam that Makes Oral and Dental Dams Exciting Again

Is there anybody out there who doesn’t enjoy good oral sex? Well, we don’t want to exclude anyone, but we’re sure that the vast majority of folks reading this appreciate a good lick now and then. Whether you’re into giving or receiving, though, and no matter what orifice you prefer to romance, it’s crucial that you do so responsibly.

That’s why the right forms of protection are a vital step towards the total enjoyment of any sexual act. Some people only think of protection when they think of genital-to-genital intercourse, but remember, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can spread in many ways. Protecting yourself during oral sex is just as important as protecting yourself during any other kind of action, and there are specific tools you should use for the job.

Take the dental dam, for instance. Also called oral dams, these nifty little things let you pretty much lick anything!

Hmmm… What is a Dental Dam?

The dental dam is a thin rectangular piece of material, normally latex, that is held in place over the vagina or the anus to create a protective barrier against STIs, when used correctly, and let you satisfying your partner by dining on their private parts.

Remember no product will eliminate all risk, but with a quality dam and the knowledge on how to use it, the less likely issues will occur.

The oral dam has been around for a while, but if you’re looking for the best possible protection during oral sex, you need to buy a quality dental dam and know how to use it correctly.

But how do you use an oral dam?

Well, we’re glad you asked. Here are six steps to have you licking just about anything.

#1 Know what it’s used for – Anilingus & Cunnilingus

Oral dams are NOT a replacement for what is commonly termed ‘the male condom’, we call it an ‘external condom’. Nor is the oral dam a contraceptive.

Dams are a barrier protection method to be used during two forms of oral sex – cunnilingus and anilingus.

Cunnilingus is using your mouth and tongue to stimulate your partner’s vulva / vagina.

And anilingus is using your mouth and tongue to stimulate your partner’s anus, this one is also called rimming.

Dams are NOT for engaging in the third type of oral pleasure, where one uses their mouth and tongue to stimulate a penis. Grab an external or male condoms for that, they also come in some very tasty flavours.

#2 Check your gear before you dive in

Firstly, make sure you store your dental dams in a cool dry place. Try the bedside table or the sock drawer.

Check the dam for tears or defects. Holding the dam up to the light, or checking that no water passed through while rinsing can assist with checking.

Read and follow the instructions on the packaging.

Tip: Wash off any of the powder from the dam, as it can cause yeast infections. And for the love of god, check the used by date. No-one likes a crusty dam.

#3 Master the technicalities

Make sure the dam is big enough to cover the intended area.

While you’re munching away, don’t stretch the dam, as this can cause it to tear. Simply lay and hold the dam in place over the vagina or anus to avoid direct mouth-to-vagina, mouth-to-anus, or vagina-to-vagina (tribadism / scissoring) contact.

The dam needs to be in place before any of this business begins and be sure that it is held in place for full the duration. Otherwise, you won’t be letting it do its job.

#4 Keep it smooth

Add a couple of drops of water based lubricant to the vagina or the anus or directly to the dam. This will increase the sensation as it allows the dam to glide across the orifice in question smoothly.

Don’t use oil based lubricants as it will degrade the material.

#5 No flippin’

Don’t flip your dam and use the other side. Dams are one side use only as this will transfer the body fluid and potentially STI’s.

#6 Keep it fresh

Dams are single use items only. Never reuse, no one likes a crusty dam. And be sure to dispose in the waste, NOT the toilet.

How to buy a quality dam?

How to buy a quality dam?

Shopping for the right dental dam isn’t like shopping for a pair of shoes though. Contemporary attitudes about sex and sexuality have a long way to go, which means that it isn’t always easy to find frank and honest information about the products you need to protect yourself.

You need to look for a product with a reputable medical approval to ensure it has been tested to prevent STI’s passing through the material

Fortunately, as time goes on, more and more people realise the importance of speaking openly about sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

Take Vavven™, for instance. A social enterprise that sells body safe adult toys to help promote SRHR in local communities and around the world, Vavven™ carries a broad spectrum of ethically produced products including oral dams from some of the best manufacturers in the industry.

Their Sheer Glyde Dams not only come in a range of fun and fruity flavours, they are the only products approved by both Europe and the FDA for barrier protection against STIs during oral sex (anilingus & cunnilingus), which means that using these dams is one of the most reliable methods of protection you can find anywhere.

So you’re ready to start licking but unsure about which flavour would be best, we do a tasting pack containing each flavour. A great reason to lick a little more.

TIP: If you have a Latex Allergy try cutting a Non Latex condom (internal or external) in half (down the full length of the condom) and lay it flat – this will work, but ensure you have adequate coverage of the area you plan to dine on! The internal condom will give you the greatest coverage.

Note the warning notes about some of the video content under the clip.

Stuff Mom Never Told You – HowStuffWorks

PLEASE NOTE: this video shows home made dams

  • Cutting condom – this will work, but ensure you have adequate coverage of the area.
  • Cling wrap – do NOT do this, while wrap is great for wrapping your burger, it’s not so good for eating them. Wrap can be porous and allow the transfer of STI’s.

Exciting Tastes for Sensible Folks

STIs can affect anybody at any age, so no matter who you are and how long you’ve been around, an oral dam is a prudent (and tasty) investment. Everybody enjoys a little flavour too, so why not give yourself a bit of fun with our flavoured dental dams? Our Glyde Dams come in flavours like wildberry, strawberry, vanilla and cola. They’ve also been made using a unique process that prevents them from smelling or tasting like latex. When you’re ready to order, contact Vavven™ at your earliest convenience. We’ll be more than happy to help you start dinning.

Well the short answer is it’s the power to lick anything!

Well almost.

A dental dam is a thin rectangular pieces of latex, which, when used correctly, acts as a protective barrier against sexually transmitted infections during annilingus (oral sex with an anus, also called rimming), cunnilingus (oral sex with a vulva), and tribadism (vulva-to-vulva contact, also called scissoring).

You simply lay and hold the dam in place over the vagina / vulva or anus in question, to avoid direct mouth-to-vulva, mouth-to-anus, or vulva-to-vulva contact.

Dams are not a contraception.

An interesting fact the dental dam as an oral dam was design by Australian Clive Woodworth, CEO of Glyde Health. The idea was born in 93′ at a sexual health conference between Clive and three others with a vision to make sex safe for all.

Read this article to learn more on how to use an oral dam and more.

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