Lube 101 Definitions

Interuterine Device (IUD)

A birth control device inserted directly into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Intrauterine devices are also an extremely effective form of contraception, with failure rates as low as 0.2 percent. They are also reversible, and they do not permanently affect fertility. However, they do not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Using an intrauterine device can cause vaginal dryness, particularly with hormonal IUDs (this is also common with other hormonal birth control treatments). Physicians often recommend water-based personal lubricants for patients who experience this symptom.

Isopropyl Myristate

Isopropyl Myristate is a a ester (replacing the hydrogen of an acid by another organic group) of Isopropyl Alcohol and Myristate Acid. Used as a skin conditioner and fragrance in many personal lubricants or sexual products.

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Hydroquinone

A solid white compound used in many skin depigmentation products, including some anal bleaches. Hydroquinone whitens the skin and can cause extreme sensitivity. It is often applied topically (directly to the skin).

While hydroquinone was once considered a safe ingredient, recent studies have indicated it as a possible carcinogen. The United States Food and Drug Administration does not recommend hydroquinone as a skin lightener.

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