Vaginal moisturiser vs lubricant

November 12, 2018
Emma McGeorge

Following on from our Lube, it's not just for porn stars blog we thought it was important to briefly explain the difference between vaginal moisturisers and personal lubricants. And why you might choose one over the other.

Vaginal moisturisers

Vaginal moisturisers are specifically designed to provide long-lasting relief and comfort for women experiencing vaginal dryness in their day-to-day lives.

This dryness is often caused by vaginal atrophy or atrophic vaginitis— an inflammation of the vagina that causes thinning and shrinking of the vaginal tissues along with dryness, itchiness and irritation. Vaginal atrophy is actually really common and can happen at any age.

It’s generally caused by hormonal changes so you see it often in women during and after menopause, but also as a result of childbirth, breastfeeding, the pill, and cancer treatments.

Vaginal moisturisers often contain polymers that adhere water to the vaginal lining, meaning they rehydrate the vaginal tissues helping them to recover their natural elasticity and lubrication. They stay in the vagina for an hour or more and are generally reapplied every couple of days.

Vaginal moisturisers are also classified as Medical Devices by the American Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency because they last so long, which means they are more heavily regulated and tested for safety and efficacy.

Personal lubricants

Personal lubricants, on the other hand, are designed to be used over a shorter period of time to make sex (and all that entails!) more enjoyable.

Lubricants are still really helpful for women with vaginal dryness because of atrophic vaginitis during sex. And they’re also super useful for women with dyspareunia, vaginismus and other sexual disorders to have more comfortable sexual experiences.

Ready to buy?

You know we only stock products. If you’re ready to try a vaginal moisturiser or lubricant hop over to our shop to check out the gorgeous Olive & Bee natural lubricant (which doubles as a moisturiser!) and the YES range which includes a vaginal moisturiser, a water-based lubricant and a double glide option.

Other resources

Check out our Lube, it’s not just for porn stars blog for more info on how lubricant can help and what to look for.

Both Olive & Bee and YES tick all the boxes, but if you want to go out and do your own shopping, or check the products you’re already using, we’ve created this handy downloadable checklist that covers everything you need to look for in a good lube.


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