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Will Olive Oil Work As Sexual Lubricant?

Posting Date: 03/22/2004

Q. I read about olive oil improving a woman's sex life. Vaginal dryness is the only symptom I have ever suffered due to menopause. My gynecologist has recommended almost everything, including the topical application of Vitamin E oil, but it left a distinctive residue after intercourse, which I found to be very undesirable.

I love olive oil and use it in my daily cooking. It has a distinctive smell, though, and I don't care to smell like an antipasto salad for any length of time.

The vaginal dryness is playing havoc with our love life, because intercourse is painful. I try not to let my husband know that. I love sex, but it's difficult to enjoy anything that hurts. I am willing to try olive oil, but just how do you get rid of the residue?

A. We?ve heard from several readers that olive oil can be a good natural lubricant. One woman reported that just five drops for her and five for her husband worked. Such a small quantity should not leave much ?antipasto? residue.

Another couple found that almond oil was helpful. It has relatively little aroma.

Some people report that a kiwi-based vaginal lubricant from New Zealand called SYLK is effective. You can find it in the U.S. by calling 602-957-7955.

Q. Do you have any home remedies for heartburn? I have tried several acid controllers but they are very expensive and have unwanted side effects.

A. There are so many heartburn remedies on the market it can be difficult to choose. Non-prescription products include Prilosec OTC, Pepcid Complete, Tagamet HB 200, Zantac 75, and, of course, old standbys like Maalox and Mylanta. Prescription products like Nexium and Prevacid are pricey.

Home remedies for heartburn may work by increasing saliva production so it can buffer acid and wash it back into the stomach. Chewing gum or sucking on hard candy stimulates salivation and has been shown to be helpful in scientific studies.