Secret Sex Q: Is It Safe to Put That There?
“My husband and I want to experiment with new sex add-ons, like whipped cream or massage oils. But is that stuff safe to use on our, um, sensitive areas?”
Yes, it can be safe and fun, too! Your kitchen is a cornucopia of sensual delights that can be used to spice up your sex life, literally. I like foods that stick around for a while, like peanut butter and marshmallow fluff, since removing them from body parts requires some seriously pleasurable oral gymnastics. Experiment with temperature: Consider cool whipped cream and lukewarm chocolate sauce. Avoid extremes, though. If a food’s too hot, pain will replace pleasure; if it’s too cold, it could cause shrinkage.
Note: These tasty, spreadable (and sprayable, and pourable) foods are for external use only that’s because they can be difficult to remove from the inside of your vagina and could cause an infection there. It’s safe to smear pretty much any food on your partner’s penis, though (unless he is uncircumcised, as food may become trapped between the head of his penis and the foreskin and cause an irritation). Avoid anything with peppery spices, which may cause a burning sensation when placed on delicate areas like your vagina or the head of his penis. Also, skip foods that either of you are allergic to, as they can be absorbed through your skin even if you don’t eat them. And be careful when placing solid food in your vagina make sure you choose objects that can be easily removed! As an ob/gyn, I have extracted countless cherries, grapes, and macadamia nuts from patients’ vaginas and many of these women were totally unaware that the food was still there.
While considering your pantry’s contents, know that almost any oil in your kitchen can be used for massage. Most, however, are thick and don’t have a pleasant scent. You can buy massage oils that tingle, warm, and taste good at your local pharmacy or online. But if you will be using condoms after the massage, don’t use oils “down there” on you or on him since they can break down latex condoms (though not nonlatex condoms, like ones made of polyurethane).
Playing with food and oils can be messy and ruin a nice set of sheets, so it might help to place towels or an extra set of sheets on the bed that can be removed before you begin to drop off. If you’ve made a real mess, you can take a warm shower together to clean up. Who knows that might just lead to round two!
Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., is a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and the author of What Your Mother Never Told You About S-e-x and Pleasure. Send your questions to her at [email protected]