As much as we like to find a quick fix to meet our needs, it's vital to think twice before using expired lube. In fact, it would be wise not to use any product after it has expired, as some of the components it contains can become unsafe after expiring.
Checking the expiration date stamp before you use any product is a great rule of thumb. In the case where a date cannot be found or does not have one, contact the supplier for further information before using, and exercise caution. Taking care of your body should be a priority for everyone, even at the cost of saving a buck or two.
Does Lube Expire?
Like any other product, lubricants do expire. Even though most of them have the stamp with the expiration date, some may not. In general, a lubes shelf life can vary between one to three years according to the environment and conditions you store it. They should remain in a cool, dry area at a room temperature between 5-30° degrees Celsius. For best preservation, you must make sure the lid of the lubricant is always correctly closed after use. Is there anything worse than reaching for a bottle in the moment, only to find it unusable?
If your lube doesn’t have an expiration date stamp or you don’t know how long you have had it, check it carefully and make sure it does not seem different since last used. For instance, if the opacity has changed from translucent to an opaque or if the consistency is altered and has dried out. Additionally, check if your lube now has a funny odor and if it is an edible lubricant, make sure it does not have an unpleasant taste.
Does this sound like the lube in your bedside drawer? Then it's time to throw it away and buy a new one!
Is Expired Lube Safe?
It is not safe to continue using a lubricant that has already expired because it can tear your condoms, and it increases the chances of an STI (sexually transmitted infection). If you use silicone-based lube or oil-based lube, when expired, the ingredients of these lubricants can cause allergies that may produce itching, burning, and even a yeast infection.
Some ingredients are also linked with an increased risk of infections like bacterial vaginosis. You must make sure your lube is in good condition before using it to keep you and your partner(s) genitalia safe and continue to enjoy sex without discomfort or unwanted pain.
Can You Use Lube After the Expiration Date?
Short answer, it's better to be safe than sorry. Once the expiration day is close or has passed, it is better to toss it and pick up a new one. Once you open a brand new lube, its expiration date accelerates; the chemicals in the lubricant change over time and could cause a skin reaction or might not do the job it's intended for. To avoid wasting large quantities of lubes, always buy a bottle size that you are likely to spend in a year or less. After all, shopping for your next lube can be exhilarating and fun!
You can find GoLove's expiration dates printed on the bottom of each bottle and its box. As such, you will never have to worry about doing the math. Our product is totally transparent, and you will always find all the information about its ingredients and certifications on our website.