Coconut Oil As a Lubricant for Sex

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Coconut oil is actually one of the best options when it comes to an alternative lube, because it has moisturizing qualities, doesn’t contain any irritating additives, and is a natural antimicrobial substance. Coconut oil also has a number of applications in the bedroom that make it one of the best things to keep on your bedside table.

This specialty oil has gained considerable popularity in recent years as an element of healthy eating, as well as certain cosmetic and beauty applications, but it is not nearly as well known as a sexual lubricant. Some people do swear by it, however, due to its numerous benefits in the bedroom.

Many women experience vaginal dryness, making sexual intercourse an uncomfortable or even painful experience that often leaves both partners unsatisfied. As per the USDA, coconut oil is rich in vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, zinc, iron, and calcium. Coconut oil helps to quickly moisturize the skin and induce wetness in those sensitive areas, which can cut down on excess friction or irritation. It is far more lubricating than a water-based lubricant and the effect lasts longer. The natural anti-fungal and antibacterial nature of this oil can also help to protect against yeast infections and other potential pathogens. [1] [2]

A bottle of coconut oil with coconuts and green palm tree leaves on a white table

Coconut oil is helpful in boosting energy. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Type of Coconut Oil to Use as Lube

You always want to choose 100% pure coconut oil that does not contain any additives; many regular lubricants contain other chemicals and components that can leave the skin drier than before, irritated, or allergically inflamed. This powerful oil does the exact opposite, provided you’re using a pure variety! [3]

How to Use Coconut Oil as a Lube?

Coconut oil can be used as a lubricant both during foreplay and sexual intercourse. Put some coconut oil on your hands (or other parts of your body) and the heat of your skin will quickly dissolve the oil into a silky smooth gel in your hands. Then, rub the oil on you or your partner’s skin for a slippery and smooth experience.

You only need a small amount of coconut oil to work as an effective lubricant, and excessive amounts can leave your skin feeling sticky and moist, while also getting all over the sheets. There are a number of uses for both men and women that can be both enjoyable, safe, and healthy at the same time!


According to Dr. Bruce Fife’s (an author, speaker, certified nutritionist, and naturopathic physician) book, Virgin Coconut Oil: Nature’s Miracle Medicine, coconut oil can be used as a massage oil on your partner, from the very start of foreplay. The natural warming quality of the oil on the skin can be invigorating. You can then apply a small amount of coconut oil to your genitals before engaging in sexual intercourse. Be careful not to use this oil in combination with latex condoms. The constituents in the oil can cause the latex to break down, making it less efficient as a contraceptive. After intercourse, be sure to thoroughly wipe off any excess lubricant on your areas of sensitive skin. [4]


Women often choose to use coconut oil if they struggle with vaginal dryness, even when stimulated by their partner. Use two fingers to apply a small amount of coconut oil on the outer and inner lips of your vagina before intercourse. Only a small amount is needed, or else you will have a buildup of oil in the vagina, which can be a breeding ground for unwanted pathogens. Always be sure to wipe any excess coconut oil off following intercourse. [5]

Word of Caution

Some women also experience yeast infections on a regular basis, which may be indicative of an overly sensitive vagina or a higher risk of infection. In such a case, the anti-fungal and antibacterial nature of coconut oil could actually throw off the pH balance of your vagina, increasing your likelihood of contracting infections. [6]

For both men and women, pay close attention to the effect of coconut oil on the skin. Allergies to this specialty oil are rare, but they do occur. When you first begin using this oil as a lubricant, apply only small amounts to check if you are allergic to the oil. Protection Status
About the Author

John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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