Suffering from reoccurring yeast infections? The lubricant you use during sex may be to blame. Dr. Lisa Masterson reveals which lubricants can put you at risk for infection, and which ones won't.
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Staying Safe with Lubricants Dr. Lisa Masterson: That’s right. Actually, with personal lubricants, there are a lot of things that can cause yeast infections because we know that the vagina is wet, guys? Dr. Drew Ordon: Self cleaning oven. Dr. Jim Sears: Self cleaning oven. Dr. Lisa Masterson: See, I’ve got them trained. I’ve got them trained. Dr. Jim Sears: Don’t let it breath. Dr. Lisa Masterson: That’s right. But what are the things that you may not have told your doctor about is what kind of lubricants you're using with intercourse, and this can cause problems. There are different kinds if you didn’t know about it. There is water based which is actually the best because that washes out to help with that self cleaning oven. Now, the only thing about water based is sometimes, they can have glycerin in them, and that can contribute to yeast infections. And, a lot of times, they have glycerin on them if they are flavored. So, there are a lot of different flavored lubricants that people didn’t know. The come in tubes by themselves or they can come on condoms. Never use a flavored condom in the vagina. It’s only for oral sex, okay, because it can affect the vagina. Then there’s silicone based. Dr. Drew Ordon: You don’t know that. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Then there’s silicon based. Silicone does not wash out. You have to wash it off. So, again, the glycerin in this can cause allergies. The paraben actually sometimes, and the silicone can cause allergies as well as the silicone, and you have to wash it out. Now, the worst kind of lubricant you could use is going to be oil based, and why, because they can break down the condom, and that can cause pregnancy and it can cause STDs besides yeast infections. So, you have a lot of choices in your personal lubricants which are very important to make sex more pleasurable but you have to be careful because they can cause yeast infections. Obviously, there are other things that can cause yeast infections like diabetes and antibiotics but make sure you tell your doctor if you're using a lubricant. Dr. Travis Stork: But, this one says that it’s always silky. Dr. Lisa Masterson: Well, it’s silky but you can be silky and pregnant. Dr. Jim Sears: But if you're a married couple and you're not worried about getting pregnant -- Dr. Lisa Masterson: And you're not worried about it then that -- Dr. Jim Sears: Then, you're getting a lot of yeast infections maybe try the one— Dr. Lisa Masterson: Exactly, then you may want to try the oil.

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