Can You Put Aloe Vera Gel In Your Vagina?
In many cases, yes — aloe vera gel can be used to soothe irritations in and around the vagina or on the anus — but there are some exceptions.
- The leaves of the aloe plant contain natural latex, which can lead to allergic reactions or skin irritations in those who are allergic or sensitive to latex if the gel isn’t removed properly.
- Aloe vera that is not 100% pure, as is often the case with store-bought products, may have ingredients or additives that can be irritating to delicate genital or anal skin.
Beyond those exceptions, yes — you can safely use aloe vera in or around your vulva, vagina, or anus.
In this article, we’ll discuss:
- Aloe Vera On Your Private Parts
Can You Use Aloe Vera On Your Private Parts?
Barring a few exceptions, aloe vera gel is safe to use on your private parts and can soothe a variety of irritations including shaving bumps and even hemorrhoids.
Aloe vera gel, when 100% pure, is extremely safe for the skin and it has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties.
Additionally, the gel is 99% water — so it’s very hydrating.
Aloe vera has long been used by people around the world to help heal wounds and treat sunburns, long before the days of modern medicine.
Many people keep an aloe plant at home, cutting off part of a leaf whenever they need to apply the gel to an injury.
Native to dry climates with a lot of heat, aloe plants grow very well indoors.
If you want to use pure aloe vera on your most delicate parts, there are several ways to do it, but there are two key things to consider before you do.
The leaves of the aloe plant contain gel at their center, which is housed within a layer of natural latex beneath their rind.
If you have an allergy or sensitivity to latex, the gel has to be removed carefully — and cleanly — from the yellow sap-like layer of latex before using.
As long as you know what you’re doing, it can be safe — but if you have a severe latex allergy or are at all unsure, it’s best to not use natural plant aloe on your private parts — or any of your parts, for that matter.
Additionally, you can buy aloe vera gel at the store, but it may not be 100% pure — many products have added ingredients that might be safe for skin, but irritating to the genitals.
Always read the label before using store-bought aloe vera gel to verify its purity before applying it to your vulva, vagina, or anus.
Can You Put Aloe Vera On Your Vulva Or In Your Vagina?
Barring allergies or sensitivities, yes, you can — and safely.
Aloe has a pH of around 4.5, making it extremely safe for use in the vagina, which has a normal pH of 3.8 to 4.5.
Because aloe’s pH closely matches the natural conditions of a healthy vagina, it won’t cause disruptions that could lead to irritation or infection.
Additionally, 100% pure aloe vera gel is very gentle on your skin — and it’s perfect for soothing irritations that arise from shaving, chafing, vaginal dryness, or even infections.
There are a few ways you can use aloe vera on your vulva or in your vagina:
- Use it as a natural cleanser: Your vagina doesn’t need cleaning, but your vulva does. Mix aloe vera gel with water to create a gentle, fragrance-free cleanser. Aloe vera will keep your vulva’s skin refreshed and hydrated without causing irritation.
- Relieve vaginal dryness: Although your vagina is a self-cleaning oven, sometimes it needs help with hydration. You can apply a thin coat of pure aloe vera gel over your labia and in your vagina. Allow it to soak in (or dry naturally) and then wipe the aloe away with a soft cloth and warm water.
- Ease vaginal infections: When applied to the vagina, aloe vera gel can also help ease or reduce bacterial or fungal infections, thanks to its antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Apply a thin coat on and in your vagina, allow it to dry completely, and then wipe away. (Note: if you think you have an infection, see a doctor as soon as possible.)
- Make a natural shaving cream: Mix three parts aloe vera with one part olive oil for a shaving cream your vulva will love. Skip the razor burn and irritation and go right to silky smooth skin.
Can You Put Aloe Vera On Your Anus Or Rectum?
Although the pH of aloe is a bit low and doesn’t match the ideal conditions of your rectum, which has a pH between 7 to 8, it may still help with irritation or inflammation.
The anti-inflammatory properties of pure aloe vera gel may be able to soothe your hemorrhoids.
You can use the gel undiluted or mix it with water. Apply a thin layer to your anus (the outside area only). Allow it to dry and then wipe away with warm water and a soft cloth.
Because the pH of aloe is lower than that of the rectum, discontinue use if it causes more irritation or doesn’t seem to help — and do not use it internally.
Can You Use Aloe Vera During Sex?
Yes, you can use aloe vera as lube — but there are a couple of caveats.
Aloe vera as a lube alternative for vaginal penetration is a great option. It’s one of the safest alternatives you can use, and aloe is the main ingredient in some of the best water-based lubes available.
The pH of aloe vera is perfect for the vagina. Its slippery texture feels like your own natural lubrication and will last a while, though you’ll likely need to reapply for longer, sexy sessions.
When it comes to anal sex, however, the rectum’s pH is closer to 7 or 8 — much higher than aloe vera — so the gel could lead to skin irritation or infection when used in this way, just as any other lubricant with a low pH might.
Additionally, the texture of aloe vera gel is thinner than lubes typically used for anal sex, and may not provide enough comfort or cushion for penetration.
There are two other times when you shouldn’t use aloe vera during sex:
- If you’re trying to conceive, aloe vera isn’t sperm-friendly. During ovulation, the pH of your vagina rises to about 7. Aloe vera’s pH of 4.5 could slow down the swimmers trying to reach your egg. If you need a lube that promotes fertility, we highly recommend Good Clean Love’s BioGenesis.
- If you’re allergic to latex, it’s best to avoid aloe vera gel. The last thing you need during sex is to break out in a rash or experience a severe allergic reaction. If you can’t use latex condoms, don’t use aloe vera gel unless you are completely sure that all traces of the plant’s natural latex have been removed. For instance, Aloe Cadabra All-Natural Personal Lubricant is an aloe-based lube brand that guarantees all traces of latex are removed during the manufacturing process.
For most people, aloe vera gel is a safe alternative to moisturizers, lubes, cleaners, and even shaving gel — and is safe for use on your private parts.
Just make sure you’re using 100% pure aloe vera so you aren’t applying something with added ingredients that could cause irritation.
Aloe vera can be soothing when used on the vulva, in the vagina, or on the anus, but it’s also a great lube alternative.
If you don’t have an aloe plant but want the benefits of aloe vera gel, we recommend Aloe Cadabra Personal Lubricant, which is safe for even those with a latex allergy — their manufacturing process ensures that the gel is removed from the leaf in a way that leaves none of its natural latex behind.