Sexual and reproductive health

Use and procurement of additional lubricants for male and female condoms: WHO/UNFPA/FHI

Advisory note


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Publication details

Number of pages: 7
Publication date: 2012
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/12.33


While the use of oil-based additional lubricants with condoms increases the rates of slippage or breakage of condoms, non-oil-based lubricants either decrease, or have no effect on, the slippage or breakage rates. At the present time procurement agencies are advised to avoid lubricants containing high levels of glycols (greater than 9% mass fraction) and polyquaternary compounds owing to possible concerns about the safety of these materials when lubricants are used by at-risk populations.