Loopholes in the regulation of the sex product industry, limited testing or inadaquate reporting of reactions and symptoms means that you could experience any number of ailments and not know what ingredient, or combination of exposures, contributed to your sexual ouch. What's more, you may not always know where that product was made... What kinds of concerns are we talking about? Some of the possible side effects include: Rashes and/or skin lesions, Fatigue, Nerve degeneration, Yeast (candida) infections, Inflammation, Myalgia, Cancer, Reduced sperm count, Birth defects, Liver damage, and Insulin resistance.Visit any medical website, and you¡¯ll learn that vaginal dryness is a common health complaint that women have regarding sexual intimacy. It can lead to itching, burning and painful sex, and is caused by a number of things such as menopausal or hormonal changes, childbirth, surgeries, medicine, douching and lack of adequate foreplay. If you do experience dryness, they recommend the use of personal lubrications. Makes common sense, right? What most sites rarely explain is that they type of lubrication you use can either make the dryness disappear¡­or end up forcing you to put a Do Not Enter sign over your nether bits. Ansel Muir Hall, the CEO of Blossom Organics, a company that makes natural and organic aloe-based lubrication explains that the reason may be in the ingredients. Personal lubricants are popular and the market is ¡°dominated by brands that are starting to offer better products, but most [sold today] include a host of ingredients that are truly questionable,¡± he explains. As one of 3 co-founders for Blossom Organics, Hall (who is named after Ansel Adams and John Muir) told me that the company was founded on the principle that people want clean and healthy alternatives. ¡°Women are becoming concerned with living cleaner, healthier lifestyle. This means making good, smart choices about the products they use, but an area equally or more important that has been largely forgotten is intimacy products.¡± In otherwords, there¡¯s been a general apathy among some environmentalists to examine sexuality and sexual health concerns. It¡¯s a trend that is slowly changing as more advocates find their e-Spot. ¡°If a woman is concerned with what she put on her skin, she should be even more concerned with what she¡¯s putting in the most absorbent skin her body ¨C her vagina,¡± says Hall. Ingredients to avoid Though this list isn¡¯t by any means complete, some questionable ingredients include: parabens, petrochemicals, benzene derivatives such as sodium benzoate, methyl, ethyl and propylparaben, and benzoate of soda. Boric acid, salicylates and cinnamic aldehyde (an ingredient used in ¡®hot¡¯ lubricants) are also questionable. Hall¡¯s question to women who want to have safer, healthier, better sex is this: why take the risk? Companies like Blossom Organics offer great alternatives. Go with natural, organic and proven safe ingredients, he says. Many women have a reaction to the product they are using, and might think the problem is their body, not the lubrication. One reason these ingredients need to be avoided during sex is because your skin can absorb things more readily than if it¡¯s something taken orally.

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