Over at Pop My Cherry, writer Domina Doll has written an excellent and informative article about reading the ingredients on your lube. It is called Lubes 101 – Harmful Chemicals and Body Burden. I first came across Domina Doll’s writing at AltPorn.Net and then her site when she commented on my Amelia G blog and I have to say I like her style and I like her take on human sexuality. So many female sex bloggers are just trying to get someone to call them pretty (without having to do sit-ups), that I find it enormously refreshing whenever I find a sexpert woman who is actually being an author and sharing valuable information in an entertaining well-written fashion.
Lubes 101 – Harmful Chemicals and Body Burden breaks down what each of many potentially harmful lubricant ingredients can do to the human body. Domina Doll covers parabens, diethanolamine, glycerine, Menthol and peppermint oil, petrochemicals and natural oils, propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol (PEG), L-arginine, aluminum sulphate, Benzocaine, and — my personal favorite — Nonoxynol-9.
I wrote a little humor piece about my experiences with Nonoxynol-9 for the punk humor zine BLT :: Black Leather Times a while back and you can read an archived digital version of Committing Spermicide online still. The upshot of it was that I was violently allergic to Nonoxynol-9, such that my using lots of it for extra-safe sex were really really not a good thing. I went to doctor after doctor at the time, none of whom, given the detail that I used a lot of spermicide, could figure it out. Some of these people were professors of gynecology and neurology and they did some seriously unpleasant tests. I finally solved the mystery myself, after a long period of abstinence, when I became sexually active that way with the male of the species again.
It is fortunate that today we have resources like Pop My Cherry. Kudos to Domina Doll.