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a short while after we happily started lubing with E, I got a urinary tract infection and have since read numerous lists of suggestions for avoiding UTIs that all seemed to mention specifically using a water-based lubricant. I feel somewhat weird about asking my doctor this question, so I'm turning to you: are "natural" but non-water-based lubes such as vitamin E oil bad for one's inner girly parts, or have I wrongly linked a few coincidental events?


Gimme an E?

Dear E:

You're right that it could be a coincidence, but I'm betting it's not. I don't know what kind of carrier oil was used for the vitamin E, but whatever it is, your vagina probably doesn't know how to get rid of it. I completely agree that water-based lubes are essentially unsatisfactory, but luckily one does not have to reach for weird, random substances off the supplement shelf. What you want is a nice silicone lube, of which there are many. You can get them flavored if that's your scene, but most are taste- and scent-free, non-irritating, non-drying, and so slippery they are actually kind of dangerous — and you really want to watch where you prop the bottle between applications. You will love them and you will thank me.



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