Lube 101 Definitions

Ylang ylang

An aphrodisiac made from the flowers of the cananga odorata plant, which grows in Indonesia, the Philippines, and other parts of Asia. Ylang-ylang may appear on lubricant ingredient lists as cananga odorata or ilang-ilang.

The plant is known for its powerful aroma, and it is a common folk remedy for inflammation. Ylang-ylang is also said to improve libido, but there is no scientific evidence to directly confirm this claim. Some personal lubricants use an extract made from the oil of the flower; side effects and allergic reactions are rare.

Yeast Infection

A common type of inflammatory infection. Yeast infections occur due to an overgrowth of the fungus Candida albicans; vaginal yeast infections are relatively common. Men can also get yeast infections, although women are much more susceptible. Symptoms include itching, burning, an unpleasant odor and genital discharge. Most yeast infections can be easily treated with antibiotics.

Some lubricants may increase the chances of a yeast infection, although most major manufacturers use preservatives and other ingredients to prevent candida overgrowth.


Yohimbine is an herb naturally found in the yohimbe plant and commonly used in lubricants as a sexual stimulant.

The herb works by stimulating the body to release neurotransmitters associated with sexual arousal. Studies have shown yohimbine as a potentially effective treatment for both female and male sexual and orgasmic disorders, as well as a potential treatment for the sexual side effects of some medications.

Lubricants with yohimbine are safe and are available over-the-counter.


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The reproductive cells produced by the male body. Sperm (also known as “spermatozoa”) are ejaculated during orgasm, surrounded by semen, an nutrient-rich fluid. The reproductive role of sperm is to penetrate and fertilize the female egg.

Sperm enter the female reproductive tract through the vagina. To prevent pregnancy, sexually active people can use a number of contraceptives; some of the most common contraceptives include condoms, birth control pills, and spermicidal gels.

Some sexual lubricants can affect the movement of sperm. However, lubricants are not designed to prevent pregnancy and should never be used as contraceptives.

Lube 101 Definitions