IS BABY LOTION GENTLE ON CONDOMS?
"I know that you're not supposed to use oil based lubricants with condoms, but my partner and I used baby lotion a couple times. Then I read that using it can have the same problems as using oil based lube with a condom. Are you only at risk for an std if the oil actually causes the condom to tear? Or can it become thin enough that something could pass through it without it being obvious that the condom was damaged?"
Oil-based products like baby lotion and condoms are a bad combination. It’s recommended not to mix those things because oil will cause a condom to break.. Pure baby oil will burst a condom on contact. Depending on the type of baby lotion and amount of oil, a condom might not break but that’s a matter of luck. If the condom did not break, then the risk is certainly lower.. But we don’t recommend betting on that in the future! Water-based lubes and silicone-based lubes are the way to go with condoms. Remember to keep silicone-based lubes away from your silicone based sex toys.
Of course, the only way to completely restore a worried mind is to get tested. For more information, visit City Clinic www.sfcityclinic.org for information about getting checked in San Francisco, go to www.stdtest.org or call the CDC National Hotline for services near you: 1-800-CDC-INFO.
To your health,
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Dr. K is Jeffrey D. Klausner, MD, MPH, a board-certified internist and infectious disease specialist. Currently, he is a deputy health officer and director of the STD Prevention and Control Services Section at the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.