Review: Surgilube

Surgilube is a sterile water-based lubricant which was specially formulated for surgical and gynaecological lubrication. The Surgilube formulation is very smooth and will provide lubrication and comfort when inserting objects into orifices of the human body. This makes it perfect for sounding and penis plug use.

What is sounding and penis plugs?

Sounding is the practice of placing a soft or firm object into the urethra for sexual pleasure and increased sexual gratification from the inside-out. A penis plug is similar to a urethral sound and come in many designs. Penis Plugs can be designed to be worn for some time with the ability to urinate and ejaculate with the plug still in place. Penis plugs are able to be utilised by women for urethral play due to the shorter overall length. Urethral sounding has moved from the medical field where probes were used to locate and remove obstructions, into bedrooms and the sex lives of many people. Stretching and intense sensations upon movement leading to orgasm are the goal of using sounds and plugs.

What Is The Urethra?

The urethra is the tube or duct by which urine is carried from the bladder, which stores urine before urination to the outside of the body. It is composed of muscle, skin cells and cells that produce mucous to protect against irritation from urine. In males the urethra also serves as the tube by which a man ejaculates and semen leaves the body. Another big difference between males and females is that of length with the male urethra being 20 centimetres long on average and the female urethra only 5 centimetres at most. This is one of the primary reasons why females tend to be at higher risk of urinary tract infections and at greater risk for bladder and kidney infections. This is important to understand when using sounds and penis plugs for sexual play.

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There is a risk of causing irritation and micro tears to the urethra when using sounds and penis plugs even if done correctly. The irritation and micro tears that could occur make the urethra extremely susceptible to colonisation by foreign organisms that may have been introduced with the sounds or plugs. Introduction of foreign microbes into the urethra can lead to infection, pain and discomfort. In women especially due to their shorter length urethra it is extremely easy for the micro-organisms to make their way to the bladder and cause a bladder infection or even worse continue further along the urinary tract to the kidneys. In all instances a trip to a doctor is well advised as antibiotics will be needed. Given the longer length of the urethra in males it is harder for microbes to make their way as far as the bladder, placing them at less risk of adverse outcomes when sounding or using penis plugs. Urinating before and after sounding and plug use can help to minimise the risk by helping to flush any microbes that are stuck to the walls and entrance of the urethra.

Why Surgilube?

The formulation of Surgilube is bacteriostatic and antimicrobial. In simple terms this means that the lubricant contains ingredients to stop micro-organisms from reproducing as well as inhibiting the growth of other micro-organisms. In the case of Surgilube the agent used is chlorhexidine gluconate, which is the same ingredient that is used in the hospital setting to ensure risk of infection is minimised. Chlorhexidine gluconate is on the list of essential medicines according to the World Health Organisation and is used as a skin cleanser for surgical scrubs, hand rinses, surgical preparation and for skin wounds. It is important to note that chlorhexidine is used at different concentrations for these purposes. In Surgilube chlorhexidine is present at less than 1% of total ingredients and will not cause harm to the user by inhibiting all micro-flora found naturally on or in the person. No component of Surgilube is known to cause skin sensitisation. The amount used in Surgilube is still very effective against the growth of microbes.

The composition of Surgilube is Hypromellose, Propylene Glycol plus water and other trace ingredients including the chlorhexidine. In lay terms, the formulation is a mix of natural water soluble gums which are not messy, not sticky, does not have a fragrance and will not stain. Compare this to a typical ingredient list of a water-based lubricant: Glycerine, propylene glycol, purified water, hydroxy ethyl cellulose, lambda carrageenan, methyl and ethyl hydroxybenzoate, phenoxyethanol, emulsifying wax, sodium lactate, alpha tocopherol acetate, EDTA. The paired-back formulation of Surgilube is safe for even the most sensitive of people ensuring that the users comfort is maintained whilst minimising the risk of infections.

Surgilube is the essential lubricant in the toolkit of sex, masturbation, sounds and penis plugs and ensures that the user minimises their risk of adverse outcomes and infections.

 

About the Author: Alicia is a consultant from Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres

 

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