A Guide to Gluten-Free Lubricants

Published: April 6, 2022

It may seem like every time you turn around, there’s a new gluten-free item on the shelves at the grocery store. Gluten-free pasta, gluten-free cookies, gluten-free pizza, the list goes on. 

What you might not realize, though, is that gluten might be sneaking around in other products you put in your body, and well, that includes lubricants! 

More and more, people are concerned with what they’re putting into their bodies, and for good reason. People want to know what they’re eating, what they’re putting on their skin, what they’re putting into their bodies, and more. 

What is Gluten, Exactly? 

In case you need a refresher, or you’re just not quite sure, gluten is the term for proteins found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. It’s often found in breads, pastas, and cookies, it can also be found in other things like soup and certain salad dressings. 

A small percentage of the population has celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes the small intestine to become hypersensitive to gluten. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Some people may find that they have an increased sensitivity to gluten, which is sometimes called a “non-celiac gluten sensitivity.” 

While many people are not sensitive to gluten, if you are one of the people who react to it, you need to check your lubricant.

Wait, Gluten in Lubricants!? 

Yep, you read that correctly. Many people are aware of the effects gluten can have on their gut, but some women find that they experience the same effects if there’s gluten in their lubricants. And why would you want to take that chance?!

Two popular store brands that contain glycerin are Astroglide and KY Jelly, and there are many more.

Never fear–I’m here to share a couple different lubricants that I like and trust so that you can make the best decision about what works for you in the bedroom. 

Slippery Stuff: Slippery Stuff is a water-based gel lubricant that is water soluble, hygienic, odorless, colorless, sugar free, glycerin-free, and yep, gluten-free. Slippery Stuff was originally developed for use in the medical community, and is specifically designed to stay where you put it. It’s highly recommended by medical professionals, sex therapists, and women’s health professionals as a healthier choice for personal lubricants. 

Good Clean Love: This certified organic, water-based lubricant is pH-balance while also helping you enhance your life life naturally. It’s made with aloe vera and infused lemon and vanilla for an ultra-light flavor (perfect for anyone sensitive to flavors and smells) and the organic formula is long-lasting without irritating chemicals or leaving a mess of sticky clean-up.

And, of course, there’s always a great straight-from-nature product: Organic coconut oil (see my video for tips!)

Putting it All Together 

I talk about gluten with a lot of my clients who are dealing with gluten sensitivity. For them, bowel issues can make their pelvic floor dysfunction worse. This in turn affects their sex lives and relationships! If your body reacts to gluten, why not take extra steps to make sure that you’re not only eating the right foods to keep your gut healthy, but using the right products in the bedroom to keep your vagina happy!

If you find that you have more questions about the right kind of lubrication to use, please reach out to me! I’m based in the South Metro Atlanta area of Peachtree City, but through my email and video coaching, I can work with anyone just about anywhere, and I’d love to work with you and share my knowledge. Curious but not ready to work with me? I have a book for you that just may do the trick!

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