Does glycerin in lube cause yeast infections?


Question from Reddit: “Does glycerin in lube cause yeast infections?” [1], is the question we are going to try to answer today, within this article. We are going to base this article on scientific studies, instead of relying on opinions, which can be found on various unsubstantiated blogs.

Our writing material is (and has always been) based on scientific sources, thus making our website a trustworthy source. We hope that throughout this article you can find your answer to the question Does glycerin in lube cause yeast infections? and how to pick a lube accordingly to avoid this problem.

To give you the answer right from the start – We have established that personal lubricants (lubes) containing glycerin do tend to cause yeast infections. People who are prone to yeast infections are especially vulnerable (both men and women). Glycerin is a substance that promotes Candida overgrowth – certain species of yeast. For example; Candida Albicans feed on sugars, and their overgrowth is resulted in a disorder called the yeast infection. Avoiding glycerin as an ingredient in your lubes, is a very recommended thing to do!


In the next chapters of this article, we are going to present our findings. We will go through all the material, which made us establish this conclusion. All the scientific aspects will be discussed and taken into account. So read further if you are interested in how lubes containing glycerin tend to cause yeast infection.

Yeast infection can be a problem occurring to both men and women. But within this article we are going to limit our research to women mainly. The focus of this article is researching the correlation between vaginal yeast infection (also called vaginal thrush or vaginal candidiasis) and lubes containing glycerin.


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Introduction: Does glycerin in lube cause yeast infections?

All over the forums and social media, people are asking for sexual health advice. Our job as an authority source on sexual wellness and lubricants, is to provide people with knowledge and answers that solve their problems.

There’s no mystery the sexual lubricants (lubes) can contain harmful ingredients. We’ve linked to the article on 20 dangerous lube ingredients to avoid [2] in the previous chapter. However, we’d like to find out, if glycerin is also one of those ingredients that can cause vaginal issues? Can it be true that glycerin as an ingredient in lube causes yeast infections?

Lube With Glycerin - vaginal yeast infection / vaginal thrush
Lube With Glycerin

Above’s an image of a lube containing glycerin. It’s just one of the many examples. Glycerin (with a common synonym “Glycerol”) is a chemical that is used as a “humectant”. Meaning it prevents your lube from drying out, and provides that slippery feel. It is mostly used in water-based lubes, that are known to be “the safest lubes”.

Regardless of the general online opinion being that water-based lubes are the safest, we should do an in-depth research on one of the most used ingredients in water-based lubes, glycerin – And thus provide an answer to the question “does glycerin in lube cause yeast infections?”

What is yeast infection (vaginal thrush, candidiasis)

Yeast infection (vaginal) is a layman term used for a health condition that is caused by an overgrowth of Candida. Candida is a type of yeast that grows in the body in areas such as the mouth, gut, and vagina.

By having normal levels of yeast species, there’s nothing wrong (no health problems). But with an overgrowth of a certain yeast, the yeast infection can occur. The correct medical term for (vaginal) yeast infection is Vaginal Candidiasis [3]. Among other commonly used terms for yeast infection are vaginal thrush, vulvovaginal candidiasis, candidal vaginitis and also simply, candidiasis.


According to CDC [4] these are general reasons for experiencing yeast infections: “Sometimes, Candida can multiply and cause an infection if the environment inside the vagina changes in a way that encourages its growth. This can happen because of hormones, medicines, or changes in the immune system.”

Some people are more prone to yeast infections, some less. But basically, elements that are possible to contribute as a cause for yeast infection are:

  • Your diet;
  • Your lifestyle;
  • Your hygiene;
  • Everyday stress;
  • Medication & pharmaceutical products;
  • Birth control pills (contraception);
  • And also ingredients you might use on your vagina – anything from showering products, moisturizers, lubes, etc.
vaginal yeast infection

Symptoms of suffering from yeast infection can vary, but are most commonly expressed as:

  • Itching;
  • Irritations;
  • Swelling;
  • Painful urination;
  • Painful sex;
  • Vaginal discharge;
  • Skin lacerations on the vaginal area.

Yeast infection is a serious problem and once you catch it, it is hard to get rid of it. There are various types of yeast infection, but it is a general rule that the majority of yeast infections are not contagious and only in rare cases can be transmitted through sexual intercourse. Therefore, yeast infection is not an STI (sexually transmitted disease). It is generally safe to have sex with a person that has yeast infection (doesn’t mean it’s enjoyable for either).

Regarding the different types of Candidiasis… According to the clinical study performed by Department of Gynecology and Dermatology, Hungary, Budapest, the most common types of vaginal yeast infections are [5]:

What is glycerin (aka glycerol) and is it dangerous?

Pubchem’s [6] definition of Glycerin is as follows: “Glycerin (or Glycerol) is a colourless, odourless, viscous liquid that is sweet-tasting and mostly non-toxic. It is widely used in the food industry as a sweetener and humectant and in pharmaceutical formulations.”


Glycerin having properties of a humectant, has a function of maintaining your lube to be slick and slippery, to last longer and to provide for a better glide. This is especially important in water-based lubes, which are prone to absorbing into your skin faster than other available types of lube (silicone-based and oil-based for example, are longer lasting).

The disadvantage of a water-based lube being the faster absorption and thus not being as long-lasting as other types, water-based lubes have their own advantages. Water-based lubes are compatible with basically all materials! Water-based lubes can be applicable in pretty much any scenario. Therefore, their popularity doesn’t end, for they can be used in combination with toys, latex, condoms, and all other material you can think of. Also, water-based lubes won’t stain your sheets (the good ones).

glycerin causing yeast infection

Glycerin by itself seems like a harmless ingredient until you go search deeper about it. The first concerning thing to note is:

“Glycerin breaks down to sugars and promotes yeast infections.”

In the article that we wrote previous week, we have listed 20 most dangerous lube ingredients to avoid, when purchasing a new lube. Glycerin is featured in that article (amongst other ingredients), and a brief description has been submitted.

However, the data-table, with information such as function, concerns and synonyms is an important one and should also be featured in this article titled: “Does glycerin in lube cause yeast infections?”. Below you can see the mentioned glycerin data-table.


To confirm these claims we should look into studies, researching the safety of glycerin (aka glycerol). Below you’ll be able to find:

  1. types of glycerin and how it is produced;
  2. studies researching correlation between glycerin and yeast infections.

3 types of Glycerin – How do you know which one is in your lube?


Type #1 “BIODIESEL GLYCERIN”: Glycerin produced as a byproduct of biodiesel manufacturing.

The below excerpts are from the 2017 research study [7] titled: “Upgrading the Glycerol from Biodiesel Production as a Source of Energy Carriers and Chemicals – A Technological Review for Three Chemical Pathways”

• Study excerpt 1: Glycerol is a by-product of biodiesel obtained from biomass, accounting for 10% of the biodiesel production. In the context of a green economy, aiming for a reduction of the emission of atmospheric greenhouse gases emissions, the demand of biodiesel is expected to increase vastly, in parallel with a side glut supply of glycerol.

• Study excerpt 2: Glycerol carbonate is a high valuable product with a wide scope of potential applications and a market price as high as of US $8141/ton that can be obtained at low cost and high volume from glycerol. Some of these uses are as an intermediate in the synthesis of polymers such as polyesters, hyper-branched aliphatic polyethers, polycarbonates, polyurethanes, polyamides, surfactants, lubricating oils, cosmetics or electrolytic carriers in lithium-ion batteries.

• Study excerpt 3: The research work reviewed and disclosed herein demonstrates that glycerol can be, in fact, a source for manufacturing energy carriers and chemicals in the future. These by-products can, thereby, contribute to a sustainable environmental circular economy turning the biodiesel industry into a profitable one.

glycerol lube bad

And here is a 2018 study [8] titled: “Sustainable Waste-to-Energy Technologies: Transesterification”

• Study excerpt 1: In the current market, crude glycerol generated from biodiesel production is sold with methanol concentration of 0.3% (max) and glycerol concentration of 80%–88% purity (min) for lower grade applications. It has very little economic value because of various impurities, but can be further purified to achieve a higher market level. Technical grade glycerol is sold with methanol concentration of 0.1% (max) and glycerol concentration of 95% purity (min) for industrial applications. United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and Food Chemicals Codex (FCC) grade refined glycerol with 99.7% purity (min) is used in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and food.

glycerol oil industry byproduct

Basically, you can see from the two of the above studies, that one way to produce glycerol is as a byproduct of a biodiesel industry.

And here at [9] yet another fascinating answer can be found: Biofuel glycerine isn’t the type we typically eat, since in its raw state it contains a fair amount of water plus a few residual whatsits. Refined and purified, biofuel glycerine is used in cosmetics and for “personal lubricants”. – Not preferred to be eaten, but OK to be applied to skin and most sensitive private parts? I’ll never understand how this world functions, seriously.

So, does glycerin in lube cause yeast infections? – Not only that, it is possible that it’s mainly produced as a biodiesel manufacturing byproduct, containing certain impurities.

Type #2 “SYNTHETIC GLYCERIN”: Glycerin produced by various routes from petroleum-derived Propylene.

According to the source synthetic glycerin is made like this [10]: When petroleum is distilled, propylene comes off as a top fraction. Glycerin is made by adding chlorine to the molecule and then hydrolyzing the trichloropropane produced. Synthetic glycerin is used in exacting applications in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals because of its 99.7 percent purity.

This type of glycerin is having its downfall due to the latest discovery of glycerin being a byproduct biodiesel production. Since the discovery of biofuel produced glycerin, synthetic glycerin is not an economical option anymore.

synthetic glycerin

The Dow is a company that used to manufacture glycerin world-wide. They had to close the facility in US, due to the reason, that biodiesel glycerin became an available and cheap alternative. The US facility was making 60.000 tons of glycerin per year. However, the facility in Germany remains functioning, producing cca. 30.000 tons of glycerin yearly. Here [11] you can find DOW’s description of their synthetic glycerin “OPTIM Glycerine” produced from petrochemical products.


With the latest trend of Vaping, the use of glycerin and propylene glycol have gotten new uses in the e-cigarette niche. I was personally very amused reading through e-cig forum and I cannot agree more with this answer provided by “The Doc”, to someone asking if vegetable glycerin is a safer option to inhale compared to synthetic glycerin [12].

I’m neither a doctor, nor chemist nor health professional. Therefore, I’ll not pretend to know the differences; no matter how vital or subtle. What my logic does tell me is that synthetic chemicals, compounds & lubricants work extremely well in the realm of the electromechanical sciences. However, when dealing with human biology, it is better for us as biological life forms to make every effort to ingest, absorb and consume as many ORGANIC substances as feasible….as opposed to synthetic ones. With very few exceptions, this will always be an advantage.

Beautiful answer. Logical, well written, and absolutely true. The same applies to personal lubricants and skincare products – stay away from synthetic ingredients, use natural, and only use ingredients that are edible – If it’s safe to eat, it’s probably safe to apply on body and skin (and private parts).


Synthetic ingredients aren’t always worse compared to natural, but in 99% of cases natural ingredients are a safer option. We are not at this point evaluating safety of synthetic ingredients, we are merely gathering data about glycerin to provide an answer to a question: “Does glycerin in lube cause yeast infections?” – So far, we have established that all types of glycerin, do in-fact serve as food to Candida and may contribute to development of yeast infection.

Type #3 “VEGETABLE GLYCERIN”: Glycerin produced from plants such as soybeans, coconut and palm oils.

This is actually the healthiest type of glycerin, coming from nature – from plants. It is typically made from soybean, coconut or palm oils. Soybeans are a GMO so again it’s the question of quality of glycerin, dependent from which source it is derived. Fact: more than 93% of soybeans are genetically modified [13].

vegetable glycerin - glycerol

Healthline [14] defines vegetable glycerin as: Vegetable glycerin is made by heating triglyceride-rich vegetable fats — such as palm, soy and coconut oils — under pressure or together with a strong alkali, such as lye. This causes the glycerin to split away from the fatty acids and mix together with water, forming an odorless, sweet-tasting, syrup-like liquid.

Vegetable glycerin may be beneficial to health according to a few smaller studies. It hydrates skin, may reduce constipation, and may improve hydration. Since it works as a humectant it is also used for hair treatment. It works best when applied to natural hair, as it bring moisture from the air, keeping hair moisturized through the entire day.

Most common routes for making natural glycerin is by hydrolysis, saponification, or transesterification of triglycerides obtained from natural resource.


Well then, does glycerin in lube cause yeast infections if its made naturally from plant resources? – Yes, even though it is healthier form of glycerin, it still breaks down to sugars, promoting the overgrowth of Candida.

Therefore, no matter what production route of glycerin is used, the possible threat of causing vaginal yeast infection is present.

PS: Another natural type of Glycerin can be made from animal sources (usually tallow). And combination of both, vegetable and animal, is also possible.

Studies researching correlation between glycerin and yeast infections

We are now going to present studies that confirm glycerin (glycerol) correlation with yeast infections. The below studies are not in any way connected and have been performed at separate times, throughout the years. They serve as concrete evidence, answering the question: Does glycerin in lube cause yeast infections?

Study #1: Study focuses on the importance of personal lubricant composition, and possible correlation with common vaginal infections [15]

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Above you can see the study from 2015, titled: Treating vulvovaginal atrophy/genitourinary syndrome of menopause: how important is vaginal lubricant and moisturizer composition?, by the authors Edwards D & Panay N.

The study focuses on the problem of vaginal dryness, particularly during and after the menopause. Common solution for vaginal dryness are of course personal lubricants (lubes). The study focuses on safety of commercially available lubricants.


Below is an excerpt from the study:

“Indeed, recent personal lubricant use is associated with incident bacterial vaginosis outbreaks (adjusted odds ratio 11.75, 95% confidence interval 1.96–70.27), and this is thought to be related to the presence of glycerin and/or the microbicidal preservative chlorhexidine in the lubricant. Low concentrations of glycerin/glycerol and their metabolites have also been shown to serve as a food source for Candida albicans.”

Study confirms that glycerin serves as food to Candida albicans (yeast species), which causes Candida overgrowth, and consequentially resulting in yeast infection.

Glycerin as an ingredient in lube, seems to also be connected with B.V. (bacterial vaginosis) and HSV-2 (herpes simplex virus 2).

Study #2: Study researching the effect of vaginal personal lubricants on the epithelial barrier properties [16]

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This 2017 study, researching safety of certain vaginal lubricant ingredients, is titled: Hyperosmolal vaginal lubricants markedly reduce epithelial barrier properties in a three-dimensional vaginal epithelium model, and was written by Seyoum Ayehunie, Ying-Ying Wang, Timothy Landry, Stephanie Bogojevic & Richard A. Cone.

Study isn’t merely focused on glycerin (glycerol), but also takes into account ingredients such as propylene glycol and polyethilene glycol. Osmolality of lubricants seems to play a vital role according to the study – hyperosmolal lubricants, are according to this study, the ones to stay away from.

What is osmolality you may wonder? – The term osmolality represents the concentration of a solution (Basically it’s the amount of stuff in water besides H2O). It is a general rule that lubes with osmolality above 380 mOsm/kg could pose a health threat and should be avoided.


Below is an excerpt from the study, which clearly shows the dangers of glycerin (also sometimes labeled as glycerol) as an ingredient in lube.

“Most of the widely used vaginal lubricants in the U.S. and Europe are strongly hyperosmolal, formulated with high concentrations of glycerol, propylene glycol, polyquaternary compounds or other ingredients that make these lubricants 4 to 30 times the osmolality of healthy vaginal fluid. Hyperosmolal formulations have been shown to cause marked toxicity to human colorectal epithelia in vivo, and significantly increase vaginal transmission of genital herpes infections in the mouse/HSV model.”

“In support of the second possibility showed that hyperosmolal personal lubricants such as KY Jelly, and the surfactant N9 were found to be toxic to lactobacilli that can help protect against infections by acidifying the vagina with lactic acid, a broad antiviral and anti-bacterial agent.”


The study doesn’t directly mention yeast infection, but does confirm the toxicity of the higher osmolality lubricants, containing glycerin / glycerol. It is shown that lubricants with osmolality above 400 mOsm/Kg were especially toxic, and should be avoided at all costs.

The study finds that lubricants with glycerin do in-fact act as toxins to human colorectal epithelia, and that such lubricants significantly increase vaginal transmission of genital herpes infections.

Study #3: Researching the effects of chemicals used in personal lubricants on yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis and other STI’s [17]

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This study was published in 2014, titled: Chemicals in Feminine Hygiene Products and Personal Lubricants, by the author Wendee Nicole, who has over 37 research studies published on US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.

The study does not merely focus on yeast infection and glycerin, it has a brother spectrum of analyzing various ingredients and their correlation with diseases such as yeast infection, bacterial vaginosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, cervical cancer, and other STI’s.

Interesting (and concerning) result is that only 34.5% of women who were previously diagnosed with yeast infection, were able to successfully diagnose themselves, when again suffering from yeast infection (sometime in the future). For women who never suffered from yeast infection prior (and got one), only 11% were self-diagnosed correctly. This is a big problem, since you can get over-the-counter drugs based on self-diagnosis, therefore additional education on this topic is necessary.


Although this particular study doesn’t mention that glycerin causes yeast infection, the findings are obviously concerning. Below are the excerpts from the study:

“Lubricants containing highly osmolar glycerin have also been linked to bacterial vaginosis and changes in the vaginal flora. Normally you have lactobacilli, but instead [with this overgrowth of gram-negative bacteria] you find E. coli and Gardnerella. It’s similar to the effects of using antibiotics.” – Higher osmolality lubricants (hyperosmolal) with glycerin were proven to cause B.V. (bacterial vaginosis).

“Cone has reported evidence that glycerin, glycerol monolaurate, polyethylene glycol, and propylene glycol—all used as excipients, or bulking agents, in lubricants—increased the transmission of genital herpes infections in the mouse vagina.” – Again glycerin is mentioned as a cause for genital herpes. Study says that many of the so called “inactive ingredient” actually do trigger activities in a human body and carry certain toxicity with them.


We have gone through 3 studies and found that glycerin as an ingredient in lube, is correlated primarily with:

  • bacterial vaginosis (B.V.);
  • yeast infection (vaginal candidiasis) caused by Candida overgrowth;
  • and genital herpes (caused by herpes simplex virus).

We could see from the previous chapter, that glycerin (glycerol) can be made (produced) via various routes. Naturally from vegetables and animal fats, as a biodiesel byproduct, and also by synthesis. We could also see that no matter what kind of method for production was used, glycerin will always be labeled as an ingredient simply with a word “glycerin”.

Studies we took a look at, didn’t mention what kind of glycerin is being analyzed. This is because they couldn’t know about it. For they didn’t analyze the glycerin, they analyzed the final products containing glycerin.

However, all studies found glycerin, regardless from via which route it has been produced, to be a harmful ingredient, especially in hyperosmolal personal lubricants.

Does glycerin in lube cause yeast infections according to the studies? Yes, while it is also associated with other vaginal infections.

What to do if you get yeast infection? Yeast infection treatments


Diagnosis – Do you actually have yeast infection?

yeast infection diagnosis

First important thing to do, is to get properly diagnosed that you actually do have yeast infection. For that it is recommended to see a doctor. If you do not have yeast infection, and in-fact suffering from something else, antifungal treatments aren’t going to work.

If you want to rely on self-diagnosis, here are symptoms which may point out that you actually have yeast infection. However, we strongly recommend you seek professional opinion and diagnosis.

The symptoms you should watch for to confirm you have yeast infection are usually [18]: itching and irritations in vaginal area, swelling and irritation of the vulva, pain or burning sensations during peeing or having sex, and most of all you should pay attention if there’s a white, thick discharge coming out your vagina, similar to cottage cheese.

Again, see a professional before treatment. If you do not actually have the yest infection and treat the disease as if you do, you may make everything even worse. Since you are trying to cure something you don’t have, the real infection is going to develop and progress in the meantime.

Also, if you’ve been playing around with lubes, that contain glycerin or have sweet flavors added, there’s a higher chance that you’ve developed yeast infection. Stop using those kinds of lubes immediately.

Treatment – How to cure yeast infection?

Yeast infection can be mild or severe, and according to that, it should be treated. If you have severe yeast infection, the treatment will be longer and yeast infection harder to cure.

The biggest mistake I see girls and women doing is treating the symptoms instead of the cause. Yeast infection IS A SYMPTOM, and treating it with stuff such as Fluconazole, you may cure it for sometime. But it’s going to reoccur again, if you don’t find the real cause.

The real cause could be just about anything – from hygiene, to lubes you are using, to what you are eating, to how healthy your lifestyle is. Therefore, there are two things to consider. 1st: How will you fix the problem now, and 2nd: how will you prevent the problem in the future.


For curing yeast infection for the moment, you basically have these options:

• Oral medication – Fluconazole (an antifungal medicine in the shape of pills);

• Vaginal medication – Miconazole and Terconazole (an antifungal medicine in the shape of creams, ointments, …);

• Vaginal medication – Vaginal boric acid capsules are used when nothing else works. I advise you reconsider this before actually deciding on such treatment.

• Home remedy to try #1: Cold-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil treatment. Studies [19] show that coconut oil is very effective when it comes to fighting yeast infections. It can reestablish natural flora in vagina. It can successfully fight against Fluconazole resistant Candida species. (Apply on and inside the vagina).

• Home remedy to try #2: Plain, natural yogurt treatment [20]. Yogurt is a probiotic, it contains beneficial live bacteria such as Lactobacillus. These bacteria are vital for establishing healthy environment in your vagina. It is of great importance, that the yogurt you are using doesn’t contain any kind of sugars or sweeteners! (Apply on and inside the vagina).

• Home remedy to try #3: Apple cider vinegar treatment [21]. Apple cider vinegar is another thing to try before rushing to the pharmacy. It is popular and has been scientifically proven to effectively treat yeast infection. Make yourself a bathtub of warm water and add in a cup of apple cider vinegar. Soak in it for 20 minutes. (Bathe in it).

apple cider vinegar bath for treating yeast infection

There, you might have fixed your problem for the moment, curing yeast infection. But do not forget that you’ve merely cured the symptom. You do not know why the infection started, what was the root-cause that triggered it. Yeast infection will reoccur if you do not detect the real cause.


For curing yeast infection permanently, you must find the real cause. Common causes include:

Antibiotics – If you’ve been taking antibiotics lately for something else you’ve had, that is what might have killed all the healthy bacteria and triggered the yeast infection.

Prednisone or other corticosteroids – Corticosteroids will weaken your immune system, thus creating environment for the development of yeast infection. They can weaken women’s immune system to the level that vagina becomes a breeding ground for Candida.

• Any other products with pharmaceutical origin, could also be the cause.

Bad hygiene – If you left yourself a bit lately it might be the cause.

Douches and shampoos – Vice-versa to the above point, being too clean isn’t good – especially not if you’re applying chemicals to your vagina. Using shampoos or soaps every time you take a bath, and bathing every day, isn’t recommended. If you want to bath everyday, do it by using just water (use shampoo max 2-3 times per week). Plus get yourself a healthy, organic shampoo, without toxic ingredients.

Clothes – If you like tight clothes you should reconsider. The point is, your skin must breathe. And some clothes are made the way, that your skin is being suffocated. Analyze the materials you are wearing and make sure, your skin is able to breathe.

Lifestyle – As we said earlier, your immune system is crucial. Living unhealthy, eating bad food (mostly too much sugar), smoking, drinking, not doing any sports at all. Perhaps too much stress. You should evaluate just how healthy in general your lifestyle is, and start working on strengthening your immune system.

Saunas, spa resorts, swimming pools – If you are not a regular visitor to such places, it might have been the thing that triggered your yeast infection.

Personal lubricants – Lubes with glycerin, and those with flavors are proven to be the cause for yeast infections. Get yourself a healthy lube.

lube glycerin yeast infection

So, these were some of the possible options, that could be the root-cause which triggered your yeast infection. You should focus on finding the root cause. Only you can do this, no doctor can help you here.

Safe lubes without glycerin, that won’t cause yeast infection (water, silicone, oil – based)

Ok, so we’ve done our research on “Does glycerin in lube cause yeast infections?”, and practically we’ve already came-up with the answer: “Yes, glycerin in lube does cause yeast infection.

But what about now, you probably do not want to completely stop using a lube. That would not be a good solution.


So here we have for you, our recommendation of top 3 lubes that will definitely not trigger a yeast infection, since these are all ingredient friendly and safe, while also offering an amazing performance.

Isabel Fay – Water-Based Lube That Won’t Cause Yeast Infection

Isabel Fay Natural Lube (water-based)
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This is an all natural lube. Without glycerin or parabens. It is water-based meaning it’s safe to use with condoms and sex toys, which you might have ready for use back at home. Isabel Fay is odorless and colorless natural lube, that won’t leave any stains on your sheets. It can also be used with condoms, without any worries that it might dissolve the material.

Penchant Premium – Silicone-Based Lube That Won’t Cause Yeast Infection

Penchant Premium Natural Silicone-Based Lube
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The word over the forums is, that this might just be the best option if you are going for silicone-based personal lubricant. Penchant premium is ingredient-friendly lube, which lasts forever, so you’ll have this one bottle for quite some time. However, it’s incompatible with silicone sex toys (just as any other silicone-based lube – silicone lubes don’t work with silicone toys).

Coconut Oil – Possibly The Best Decision If Your Searching For Natural Lube

Coconut Oil for treating yeast infection
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Shea Moisture Coconut Oil is cold-pressed, extra-virgin, amazing coconut oil of the highest quality. Using coconut oil, not only won’t cause yeast infections, it can cure one if you catch it. We’ve written about coconut oil medicinal benefits in the previous chapter, and linked to a study which confirms coconut oils benefits for treating a yeast infection. You might want to make your own coconut oil from home. See our article [22] on how to make homemade cold-pressed coconut oil. PS: Coconut oil is not compatible with latex condoms.


So these were out top 3 picks. These lubes were carefully chosen and tested before recommendations were made. All of them are of high quality, ingredient-friendly, with medicinal benefits and lovable among lube users. They offer good performance, they never get sticky and will provide the glide you’re searching for.

Does glycerin in lube cause yeast infections? – the conclusions

We believe we’ve been able to answer the question this article was researching: “Does glycerin in lube cause yeast infections?

The answer being affirmative – indeed glycerin is an ingredient used in personal lubricants, which contributes to Candida overgrowth, and thus causing the development of yeast infection.


We’ve covered wide range of related topics, researching elements vital to understand how exactly does glycerin in lube cause yeast infections. Some of these elements were:

  • What exactly is yeast infection,
  • What are the symptoms,
  • What are the causes,
  • How to treat yeast infection (also included home remedies),
  • How to prevent yeast infection (possible triggers),
  • What is glycerin,
  • Why is glycerin in lube,
  • How glycerin is produced (3 basic routes of production);
  • Studies that confirm glycerin as a cause for yeast infection and other STI’s,
  • and which lubes are the safest recommended lubes to use if you are prone to yeast infection (water, silicone and oil – based).

With this we end our article titled Does glycerin in lube cause yeast infections? – it was quite a ride, and we hope you have received information you were searching for.

If there’s anything else you’d like to know about the correlation between glycerin, lubes and yeast infection, feel free to ask us in the comments below. If you disagree with something we’ve written, write a response and let’s talk facts.

Thank you and stay tuned, new articles are being published every week.


Sincerely yours, the Lube For Sex team.

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