In a recent post on her lifestyle blog, the 43-year-old recommended using coconut or almond oil as a lubricant over store-bought options, like Trojan and K-Y.
The Academy Award winner spoke to Dr. Maggie Ney, co-director of the Women's Clinic at the Akasha Center For Integrative Medicine in Santa Monica, who told Paltrow,
Using lubricants with toxic ingredients has an effect on our reproductive system, as the vagina and anus are highly permeable areas and anything that is applied topically can be absorbed into the body. Parabens are a very common preservative in most cosmetics (moisturizers, face wash, lotions) that are used to prevent bacterial overgrowth.
Dr. Ney continued,
The problem is that parabens are endocrine disruptors, which means that they have an estrogenic effect in the body — they bind to the same cell receptors as our own estrogen but they interfere with our normal, rhythmic, hormonal process. Exposure to parabens has been associated with cancer and reproductive health issues and hormone imbalances like fibroids, endometriosis, infertility and PMS.
Lucky for us plebes, the oils suggested by Paltrow as alternatives are available at our local grocery stores and feature sticker prices far lower than Goop's usual recommendations.