Coconut oil and cystitis
Nowadays, coconut oil is well known, used and commonly recommended as a natural intimate lubricant. While some of its properties may suggest the use of this product, other evidences seem to be opposed.
Positive points for the use of coconut oil:
- it is perfect for skin and mucous membranes application
Its lauric acid content gives it a proven antimicrobial action. For this reason, the application of coconut oil in the vaginal mucosa is recommended in patients with impaired local immune defenses (Döderlein flora) or fungus. But this application must be followed by a “rinse” to limit the rest time to 1 hour maximum.
Negative points and defects:
- it is necessary to choose a product with the BIO label, obtained with a natural extraction method (such as cold pressure), free of pesticides and other toxic substances (relatively expensive product);
- being a “fat” lubricant, its use is not compatible with the condom;
- due to this composition (mainly fat), coconut oil is absorbed through the skin and mucous membranes during the intercourse. For this reason, its lubricating function can be altered if the intercourse is long or the initial amount is insufficient (it is estimated that the coconut oil has a duration of effectiveness of approximately 10 minutes). In this case, coconut oil cannot prevent the formation of vaginal micro-lesions and, therefore, will not work against postcoital cystitis;
- being a food product rich in nutrients, coconut oil remains in the vagina after sex and intimate hygiene (which only applies to the external genitals), even in small amounts, providing an ideal environment for germs. To overcome this drawback, it is necessary to remove the residues of this oil after each intercourse (for example, using Ausilium Lavanda vaginal douching);
- mode of application can also be problematic since coconut oil is often presented in a pot (the desired amount has to be taken with the fingers). This presupposes impeccable hand hygiene and preservation of the product under optimal conditions. Also, to avoid rancidity, coconut oil should not be kept open for more than 1 month;
- in case of postcoital cystitis, coconut oil will not provide the necessary D-Mannose to intercept and neutralize pathogenic germs. For this reason, Ausilium Crema vaginal cream should be preferred when episodes of cystitis are still happening.
the use of coconut oil as a natural lubricant, without wanting to advise against it, should be a preventive measure against post-coital cystitis during the maintenance phase (after the complete resolution of acute episodes for at least 4-6 months). You will also have to respect certain rules for its correct use (product selection, application of hygiene measures, use of a reasonable amount – neither too much nor too little -, delicate intimate washing after the intercourse and, if necessary, a vaginal douching).