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BABY LOTION AND CONDOMS

QUESTION
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?

ANSWER
Oil-based products like baby lotion and condoms are a bad combination.  Itís 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 thatís a matter of luck.  If the condom did not break, then the risk is certainly lower.  But we donít 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 or call the CDC National Hotline for services near you: 1-800-CDC-INFO.

To your health,
Dr. K


   
 
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