The Shocking Truth About What’s in Female Intimate Products

Available for Interviews: Dr. Karyn Eilber

Karyn Eilber, MD, is a board-certified urologist, an associate professor of urology & OB/GYN at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, and is an expert in women’s health and men & women’s sexual wellness.

What Dr. Eilber Can Say about
Female Intimate Products

Many women carefully choose beauty products that contain natural and clean ingredients to keep their skin healthy. Several prominent beauty manufacturers even have lists of ingredients that they ban from their “clean” list. So what about female intimate products? Is there as much attention paid to what goes in a woman’s vagina as to what goes on her skin?  

    • Many chemicals that aren’t considered “clean” in the beauty industry are commonly used in women’s intimate products.
    • Glycerin is an ingredient that draws in moisture and lubricates, but it’s also sugar that can predispose to yeast infections.
    • Propylene glycol also increases moisture, but it is an ingredient found in antifreeze and can be irritating.
    • Parabens are a preservative that has been linked to fertility problems and may act like estrogen, so it should be avoided if there is a history of breast cancer.
    • Phthalates are commonly found in plastics and linked to infertility and thyroid dysfunction.

The best way to find plant-based lubes without harmful chemicals is to start with retailers that only carry “clean” products and like anything else do an internet search for “clean” or “natural” lubes. These are not easy to find which is why my co-founder and I started Glissant. You should give as much care and thought to what you put on your skin as to what you put in your body. 


Interview: Dr. Karyn Eilber

Karyn Eilber, MD, is a board-certified urologist with sub-specialty board certification in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery and has over 20 years of experience taking care of women’s most intimate needs. She is an Associate Professor of Urology and Obstetrics & Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and is the Associate Program Director for the Cedars-Sinai Urology Residency Training Program. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Eilber served at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s Urology Department, where she gained extensive experience in pelvic reconstruction following cancer treatment.

​Dr. Eilber’s research focus has been in the field of urogynecology, and she has published multiple peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. In addition to being a member and past president of the Los Angeles Urologic Society, Dr. Eilber is a member of the American Urological Association, the Society of Urodynamics, Female Pelvic Medicine & Urogenital reconstruction, the American Urogynecologic Society, and the Society of Women in Urology. She is also a Founding Medical Partner of Doctorpedia.

Dr. Eilber earned her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California, Riverside, which was an accelerated 3-year premedical program that allowed her to matriculate into the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine (UCLA). She completed a general surgery internship, urology residency, and female pelvic medicine fellowship at UCLA. 

Jo Allison
Managing Editor
Director of Public Relations
Success In Media, Inc.

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