Menstruation has been a part of human culture for thousands of years, and even before that, primates have been seeing red due to menstrual cycles.
Society has created many myths and stigmas around menstruation that have led to negative feelings about it. Many people, even those who have experienced it, do not know all the facts about menstruation.
Though most people know what happens during a period—the decrease in estrogen and progesterone leads to the uterus shedding its lining—there are some surprising facts about menstruation that are worth knowing.
For one, the average amount of time it takes for menstrual fluid to leave the body is five to seven minutes, not one minute as many believe. Second, only eight percent of women squeeze all the blood out of their tampons or pads in eight hours; the rest experience leakage for longer periods of time.
These facts show how much more time women spend on their periods than expected! Hopefully you can use this information to better inform your friends and family.
Will it get stuck?
We’re sorry to have to be the bearers of bad news, but yes, it can get stuck down there. As the old saying goes: When honey meets leather, only one shall survive.
Unfortunately, your honey will win this battle. Because of its thick consistency, it can easily become glued to your vagina. Once it is down there, it’s pretty hard to get it off.
We’re not trying to scare you, but we do want to prepare you. The best way to avoid this mess is to wash off your honey before getting into the shower. Or, if you don’t have time for that, at least use a washcloth or towel to wipe off as much as you can before getting in the shower.
Also, once in the shower, make sure you rinse yourself off really well to prevent any residue from staying on you.
What if I use organic honey?
While we cannot speak for the health benefits of honey, we can speak to the fact that it is not latex compatible. So, if you have a latex condom and want to try a new lube, try honey!
However, if you are allergic to pollen or bees then please do not use honey as a lubricant. Also, if you are using condoms for contraception or STI protection, do not replace the condom with honey as it may not protect you from bacteria or viruses.
As mentioned before, water-based lubes are very similar to natural lubrication so if you are not looking to invest in another product then stick to what works for you! But if you are looking for a cost-effective replacement then try using organic coconut oil.
What kind of honey should I use?
Any kind of honey will work! Most people use normal, golden honey. However, some stores carry special flavors of honey, like lavender or eucalyptus.
These are fun to try if you are getting tired of the usual flavor. As long as it is not sugar free or a high concentration of sugar, it will work just fine.
Just make sure it is not dried out honey or it may not stick well. To be safe, go to your local store and ask for a sample cup of honey to use. If it sticks well then buy it!
Glycerin and other lubricants do not work well with dry sex solutions. If you are experiencing this issue, try using more natural fluids such as sweat or saliva to enhance pleasure.
Should I eat the honey first?
No! You should not eat the honey first. You should not eat the honey at all, actually. Just use it as a vaginal moisturizer.
Some people have suggested mixing honey with cinnamon and applying that mixture to the vagina, but this is dangerous. Honey is not suitable for pregnancy, as it may cause a blood infection in the mother-to-be, called gestational diabetes.
Furthermore, cinnamon has anti-microbial properties that can actually kill off healthy bacteria in the vagina. This is not what you want when you are trying to balance your pH!
I’m sorry if this breaks your heart, but you cannot eat the honey unless you are a bee. And you cannot put raw honey in your vagina unless you want to increase your risk of yeast infections.
What about using a plant oil instead of honey?
It is possible to use a plant oil instead of honey. Some suggested oils include olive, coconut, and almond. Just like with any other sex lube, you can combine them for a new sensation!
Paraphrasing the author, Elle Chase, plant oils are harder to wash off of your skin than honey. This is because honey is a carbohydrate which bonds to your skin more readily.
Because it is harder to wash off, it may take you longer to feel completely dry again. This may be uncomfortable if you are looking to get back into the sexy time game soon!
Again, try using water-based lubes with your plants oils to increase comfort after the session.
What will happen to my vagina?
This is a question most people have when reading about using honey for your vagina. Will it cause acne? Will it cause allergic reactions?
Fortunately, honey is considered a safe ingredient. Although there is limited research on how it will affect your vagina, there is no evidence that it will cause problems.
Results may vary from person to person, but we can only speak on the results that are common. And the results of honey on your vagina are beautiful!
Honey contains vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which help to protect your vaginal skin from bacteria and inflammation. It also helps to moisturize your skin due to its hygroscopic properties.
Basically, this means that it attracts water, which in turn keeps your vaginal skin hydrated. Honey also helps to soothe irritation which can help with any inflammation in the area.
Will it smell good?
Yes! It will smell good, but anyone close enough to smell it will also know that you just put honey on your vagina. It is not invisible honey.
If you are worried about odor, then try using manuka honey. It has a stronger scent than normal honey, so it may cover up any smells. Just make sure it is certified manuka honey to ensure its healing properties.
Manuka honey can be slightly more expensive than normal hone, but if you are concerned about smells then it is worth the money. It also comes in smaller containers so that you can use it up before expiring it.
If you do not want to use any kind of honey, there are other sugars that work just as well! Try using brown sugar or coconut sugar to see if they give your product a different scent.
What if I put too much on?
You can never put too much honey on your vagina. The vagina has very strong self-cleanning powers, so as long as you do not have an infection or irritation, the vagina takes care of itself.
The honey will just wash away as the vagina cleans itself. If you were to have excessive moisture in your vaginal area, the honey would help dry that up due to its hygroscopic properties.
There is no limit to how many times you can use honey for this procedure. Use as much as needed to make you feel comfortable!
Some people choose to sleep in a nude pillow case after applying the honey for extra comfort. If you do not want to do that, a towel wrapped around you will prevent any excess from washing away during the night.