Is Using Flavored Lube Okay?

Published: November 16, 2023
Dear TeenHealth FX,
Hi - I'm a 18 year-old girl. I would like to know if there's any health hazard in using lube to masturbate. I feel good to masturbate before sleeping. So, I use lube when I'm not very wet. I use a Ylang Ylang flavored lube, as it smells and feels good. Please advise.

Dear ,

Teenhealth FX wants to express that it is great you are asking about the things you use on your body! Using lube is completely normal but we do recommend using items that are not scented / flavored. Scented items can cause irritation, inflammation, itchiness, or bacterial vaginosis. 

Bacterial vaginosis is when the vagina’s natural bacterial balance is thrown off and using scented items can cause the bacteria to grow irregularly. If you have more questions or need more guidance, please speak to your doctor or a gynecologist (a doctor who specializes in the female reproductive system). 

If you need help finding a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist. 

For more information, please use the link: Bacterial Vaginosis – Mayo Clinic 

Signed: TeenHealth FX