Average Osmolality of:
- Tap Water~ 3 mOsm/kg 5
- Slippery Stuff® Liquid ~ 26 mOsm/kg 5
- Sliquid® Organics ~ 106 mOsm/kg 5
- Vaginal mucus ~ 260-290 mOsm/kg 6
- Colon Lining ~ 920 mOsm/kg2
- Human Blood ~ 285-295 mOsm/kg
- Human Semen ~ 260-380 mOsm/kg 6
- Good Clean Love™ ~ 269 mOsm/kg 5
- K-Y® Jelly ~ 2424 mOsm/kg 5
- ID Glide® ~ 3429 mOsm/kg 5
- Astroglide® ~ 6113 mOsm/kg 5
- K-Y® Warming Jelly ~ 10,300 mOsm/kg 6
Endocrine disruptors – chemicals that interfere with the natural function and balance of the endocrine system.
• the endocrine system consists of glands, hormones, and hormone receptors which regulate a variety of vital bodily functions
Xenoestrogens – chemicals that mimic estrogen, side effects caused by xenoestrogens are called oestrogenic effects.
• oestrogenic effects can include sexual development problems such as feminizing of male bodies or masculinizing effects on female bodies, and changes in gene expression
• parabens are considered xenoestrogens and have weak oestrogenic effects
pH – is the measure of a liquid’s basicity or acidity on a scale from 0-14, 0 being most acidic and 14 being most basic.
• generally healthy bodies regulate pH naturally with a particular balance of yeasts, fungi, and bacteria combined with body secretions
• may become imbalanced when a foreign substance (like lube, douches, or enemas) disrupts the levels of bacteria or fungi
• imbalances in vaginal pH can lead to BV and yeast infection, or serve as a warning sign or symptom of a more serious health issue7
• vaginal and cervical pH levels naturally fluctuate with the menstrual cycle and are affected by estrogen levels, as well as playing an important role in fertility and conception
Average pH levels:
• Vaginal pH – 3.8-4.6 (pH can range up to 5.5 without necessarily being unhealthy)
• During pregnancy: 4.0-4.5
• Post menopausal: 4.5-7.5
• Semen: 7.1 – 8.0
• Rectal Fluid: 7.0 – 8.0
• Urine: 4.6-8.0
• Astroglide®: 4.0
• Good Clean Love™: 4.8
• ID Glide®: 5.2
• Slippery Stuff ®Liquid: 6.8
• Sliquid® Organics: 6.8
Humectants – substances added to lubricants to keep them moist and to slow evaporation of water, preventing the skin from cooling.
• sometimes affect the consistency of a lubricant and can increase viscosity
• act as preservatives in lubricants or cosmetics
• common humectants are propylene glycol, glycerol/glycerin(e), urea, or lactic acid
• natural/Organic humectant alternatives are honey, shea butter and jojoba oil
Surfactants – chemical compounds that lower the surface tension of a liquid.
• used to keep lubricant ingredients from separating or from evaporating, which creates a cooling sensation on the skin
Petrochemicals – chemicals derived from petroleum, or crude oil.
• many lubricant ingredients are petrochemicals, such as propylene glycol (a.k.a. propanediol), benzene, benzoic acid, and some surfactants
• often indicators of hyper-osmotic lubricants8, which can dehydrate mucus and cause skin irritation5 which leaves a mucous membrane more vulnerable to BV or STIs2
Microbicides – substances that kill or reduce the infectivity of viruses or bacteria added to lubricants as preservatives or spermicides.
• common microbicides found in lubricants are nonoxynol-9, carrageenan, cellulose sulfate, chlorhexidine gluconate, and sodium dodecyl sulfate
• some alcohols, surfactants, phenols, and acids can also act as microbicides in lubricants
• can cause skin irritation and epithelial cell death3
• with regular use certain microbicides that kill lactobacilli can lead to BV or vaginal yeast infection, as well as leave mucous membranes more vulnerable to infections1,6,8