Before you even clicked on this, I can guarantee reading the headline that you probably thought the exact thing I did when I first saw this – WTF?
But apparently yes, there are people out there who are using toothpaste as lubricant, and they have increasingly made themselves known on popular forum site, Reddit.
One Redditor revealed that he had placed toothpaste on his penis, and detailed the horrifying aftermath.
He recalled: “Later that day when I went to use the toilet, when I took down my trousers I saw some discolouration to my d***, I had a look and all the skin was red and raw, with some parts of the skin beginning to scab. Not good. The pain was really really bad, it was really hard to walk and keep a straight face.”
Another also confessed to using toothpaste as a lubricant and that it was so painful, they needed painkillers afterwards.
The anonymous user wrote: “I accidentally used toothpaste as lube. It’s the morning now and it’s still really inflamed. There is less pain but I’m on painkillers so there is some help. But please, for the love of god, in whatever universe you’re thinking to do this, DO NOT USE TOOTHPASTE AS LUBE.”
The weird new trend is increasing so much so, that it’s actually spurred on doctors to warn people to STOP doing it, because it’s not exactly the best thing you could put on your skin (or inside yourself, whatever your kink is).
Dr Shree Datta, a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology spoke to The MirrorOnline about the recent trend, telling the publication:
“Toothpaste can contain ingredients such as bleaching agents, peppermint or scented oils, which can be irritating or abrasive.
“These may cause a mild chemical burn and blistering on any area of sensitive skin. I’d definitely advise against putting toothpaste into or onto your genitals.
“These products are specially designed for oral use and can disrupt the balance of your vagina flora, which might lead to thrush or bacterial vaginosis.
“They can also damage the delicate skin in that area and the vaginal wall, affecting the amount of pleasure you experience during sex.”
She added: “I would not recommend using toothpaste, or any other bathroom product as lubricant for that matter on your genitals, as these products are not recommended for this use and can irritate the skin, as well as disrupt the cellular balance of the skin on your genitals.
“Silicone or water-based lubricants which are designed and intended for use during sex are the best products to invest in.”
So, enjoy what you enjoy – but be careful what you next experiment with if it is likely to come in contact with your body.
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