This is not an article to talk about the latest and greatest compound found deep in the jungle to help improve your sex life. In fact, the substance we are going to discuss has been around for thousands of years, but is usually used for an entirely different purpose. In a world where the word “hot dog” pings many unusual oddities, I was quite disappointed to see that my search on “coconut oil” was almost purely as a food. Divorce rate is well over 50% in the United States. Now, we can argue to the reasons why but we’ll stick with the top 2 that are documented. Reason 1 is financial distress and reason 2 is lack of intimacy and/or sexual pleasure. I thought it was important to take a break from highly researched topics and shine some light on the latter.
A very common complaint I get from my female patients is that they avoid sex (esp. as they get older) because it is uncomfortable. Most are far from the age of the dreaded “M”, yet still experience some of the symptoms. Why is this? Uncomfortable intercourse can be attributed to a long list of causes and sometimes can include a few of them. The most common, though, is vaginal dryness. Vaginal dryness is caused by imbalanced sex hormones, infection, allergies, and medications.
In these situations, coconut can be a great alternative to petrol based lubricants. Sexual lubricants are used in place but, depending on the situation, can further exacerbate vaginal dryness. These chemical lubricants have a very high osmolality when compared to the mucous membranes in the vaginal canal and cause them to attract or wick away moisture from the already dry lining – damaging it even further.
Above the lubrication characteristic of coconut oil, it also has a few other health promoting benefits for the female. Coconut oil contains caprylic acid, which has shown to be extremely effective against yeast and possibly other bacterial infections. It also contains bioactive enzymes that can decrease inflammation and pain. Coconuts are also known for their anti-fungal and anti-viral properties as well.
- Cooking (good for frying)
- Massage oil
- Anti-fungal cream
- Mouth wash
- Sunburn care
- Good source of vitamin and minerals
If you do decide to give this a try and you also cook with coconut oil please (yes I have heard this happen from a couple patients) purchase another brand for cooking and clearly mark each one for its intended use! Patients have also tried almond oil with great success. As with any new substance, be sure to avoid your allergies and, if you are unsure, consult your physician.