Lube 101 Definitions

Fungi

The plural form of fungus. In a sexual health context, fungi usually refers to the microorganisms that cause harmful infections.

This includes sexually transmitted infections (STIs) but also includes natural fungal growths that may or may not be sexually transmitted. For instance, the fungus species Candida albicans can cause a condition commonly known as a “yeast infection,” which is not always transmitted sexually.

While both men and woman can get fungal infections, women are much more likely to experience symptoms.

Fungicide

Any substance that inhibits the growth of fungal spores. Lubricant manufacturers use fungicides to prevent overgrowth of harmful yeasts, including Candida albicans, the fungus responsible for yeast infections.

Natural fungicides include the oils of the teatrea, jojoba, cinnamon, rosemary, and neem plants. While fungicides may decrease the chances of a yeast infection, they do not prevent most types of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Flavored Lubricant

Flavored Lubricant is a personal lubricant that is enhanced with a flavor to make oral sex more enjoyable. Some of the popular flavors of lubricant include strawberry, cherry, mint, strawberry kiwi and more.

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Medical Grade

Indicates that a product is safe for use in medicine. It often refers to medical-grade silicone, a hypoallergenic substance used in various medical and medicinal applications.

Many lubricant manufacturers use medical-grade silicone. Medical-grade silicone is tested to ensure safety, and these tests are implemented and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Testing helps to show that the silicone doesn’t contain any potentially unsafe additives or contaminants.

Lube 101 Definitions