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Choose paraben-free personal care products. (Credit: Lindsay Coulter)

It's week three of "Bedroom Month"!

Week 1: Pillows. Check. (Enter to win a gift card and the Ecoholic Body book.)
Week 2: Mattresses. Check. (Enter to win a pair of kid's PJs.)
Week 3: Birth control
Week 4: Clothing storage

To help you remember to G-rate (for "green") your sex life, here's eco-contraception in three f-words: fish, flush and free (of parabens):


Can your synthetic estrogen-laden pee, once it's flushed into waterways, turn male fish into females?

University of Calgary researchers found a cocktail of chemicals skewing sex ratios in native minnow populations. Gender-bent fish are on the rise in Alberta's Red Deer and Oldman rivers. (Similar studies have found this in other Canadian waterways, too.) Compounds detected included synthetic estrogens (like those found in birth control pills), as well as bisphenol A (BPA) and natural and synthetic steroids which are byproducts of agricultural run-off and raising cattle.

I'm not saying you should get off the pill, but here's a list of hormone-free options.

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What you can do:

  1. Return unused pills or used patches (which still contain hormones) to the pharmacy, not the trash
  2. Avoid the Dirty Dozen in your personal care products — shampoo, lotions and makeup to reduce estrogenic substances (endocrine disrupters that can mimic estrogens) in the environment


Don't flush condoms. They go in the landfill.

Did you know there are fair-trade, vegan options? I agree with Jen from Clean Bin Project — "We always tell students, 'better to have safe sex than zero-waste sex.'"

Free of parabens

Natural lubricants are best! Avoid those containing parabens, which can interfere with hormone function, and products made from petroleum and artificial scents, flavours and colours. Choose store-bought, water-based lubes or try 100 per cent coconut oil or 100 per cent certified organic aloe gel.

More questions? Read the environmental impact of birth control, non-hormonal birth control options, and see the Sex and Contraception chapter in Adria Vasil's book, Ecoholic Body!

What will you change to "green" your sex life?

Comment to win a bottle of Hathor lubricant and a pair of Lunapanties (winner chooses style and size) donated by Luna pads (draw date March 10, 2014).

Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green

February 17, 2014

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Feb 28, 2015
9:27 PM

Hathor lubricant is the best, so eco-friendly!

Jun 11, 2014
2:53 PM

Hi Linda! There’s a website for pesticide-free clothing you may be interested in. It’s rawganique dot com (.com) :)

Jun 11, 2014
2:50 PM

@Linda: You had wanted to know about green undies. There is a site which has many options with hemp or organic clothing which is all pesticide free! You may want to check it out! :)

Mar 10, 2014
11:50 AM

Is there anything coconut oil isn’t good for?! Such an amazing product. I’m going to have to start keeping a jar of it on the bedside table!

Mar 10, 2014
12:43 AM

I discovered a wonderful natural kiwifruit based lubricant. The ingredients include seed extracts and citrus for preservative. It is called”Sylk” and is much more gentle on the body than the myriad of non-natural alternatives and is not oily or anything. What would really be great is to have recipes to make safe and effective natural personal lubricants for ourselves!

Mar 09, 2014
4:13 PM

I’d been wondering about eco-friendly condom options for awhile, and hadn’t gotten around to looking into it. We’ve modified so many other parts of our lifestyle I’m surprised we didn’t get to that one yet.

Mar 09, 2014
2:34 PM

Coconut oil is a great lubricant with so many other beneficial properties as well. I haven’t tried the aloe gel yet… Thanks for all the great info!!!!

Mar 09, 2014
8:58 AM

I have been using a cup for years now, and it is fantastic. I think it is time to move on to not using pads either.

Mar 09, 2014
7:34 AM

What about green undies — cotton or natural fibre bras and panties, leggings and camisoles are almost unheard of. Any suppliers that you can suggest? How do we put pressure on underwear manufacturers to create natural safe products?

Mar 01, 2014
6:14 AM

I did research a few years ago on what hormonal birth control does long term to the body, but hadn’t even considered it’s impact on the environment, thanks for this post!

Feb 28, 2014
7:11 AM

Thank you for this post! I look forward to scouring the grocery store shelves later this afternoon in search of some organic aloe. I’ve always used vegetable glycerine as lubrication but it’s not organic- and is also a bit sticky. Perhaps aloe is too though.

Feb 23, 2014
9:10 PM

Wow something I hadn’t even really fought about! Thanks for the info

Feb 20, 2014
2:59 PM

I’ve gone green for so many other areas of my life, including feminine care products, why not my sex life?

Feb 19, 2014
11:32 PM

been wanting some Lunapanties. Love paraben free products.

Feb 19, 2014
7:40 PM

Thank you so much for sharing this information! There are so many everyday things that we overlook when we try to think green, or even vegan. Birth control and condoms are widely used, so this is so important to make known.

Feb 19, 2014
6:16 PM

I’ve been wondering about green sex for a while, thanks so much for this!

Feb 19, 2014
1:42 PM

Thankyou David for not being to shy to post this important article . :)

Feb 19, 2014
1:21 PM

A) the estrogen progesterone pill has been rated a grade 1 carcinogen by the WHO B) the vast majority of abortions in Western nations occur when women are using a form of birth control.

So the pill is neither safe for women or the environment, neither is it very effective. As an aside, Ricki Lake is in the process of producing a doc exposing the harmful effects of hormonal contraception, I hear.

Feb 19, 2014
1:10 PM

Avoid products containing parabens and those who have artificial scents

Feb 19, 2014
12:40 PM

This is a good post. It’s a good reminder of how we can bring green into every room in our homes! Maybe even a way to entice our significant others to be more green…

Feb 19, 2014
12:36 PM

Hmmm…100 per cent certified organic aloe gel, will definitely look into that. It’s great stuff to have a round the house anyways for burns and such, too!

Feb 19, 2014
12:24 PM

Never thought about using coconut oil as a lubricant

Feb 19, 2014
10:49 AM

I’ve been off the pill for a year and a half and have been practicing the Fertility Awareness Method! My body (and mind!) are so much happier and healthier because of it! Also recently switched to paraben free, water based lubricants too!

Feb 19, 2014
10:08 AM

With numerous sensitivities, this could be extremely helpful! Finally, lubricants that don’t hurt!

Feb 19, 2014
9:37 AM

We opt for hormone free birth control options, out of necessity. They can certainly cause adverse reactions!

We’re also making efforts to use more natural shampoos and soaps in our home.

Feb 19, 2014
9:34 AM

Another green option is fertility-awareness based methods. When properly taught and practiced, they are highly effective for avoiding pregnancy, without hormones or other devices. Check out The Justisse Method Guidebook, Taking Charge of Your Fertility and methods such as Creighton or Billings.

Feb 19, 2014
9:33 AM

On the first day of spin training, a room full of women, our cycling instructor entered: tall, dark, and extremely handsome. He stepped onto the stage, mounted the bike, greeted us and slammed down a bottle of “Astroglide” on the stereo stand beside him. “This is the thing that your other cycling instructors never told you about” he announced, “It will save you if you have to teach 4 or 5 classes a week. Only used water-based, the synthetic will destroy your bike shorts”. I’ve been using that brand since and haven’t yet found a replacement. No matter which saddle I’m mounting, I cannot wait to try a new product which is better for me. Thank you so much for posting!.

Feb 19, 2014
9:04 AM

Wow, great to know thanks for the info!

Feb 19, 2014
8:51 AM

Try this website for some eco-friendly bedroom products. This is a great business run by two lovely sisters.

Feb 18, 2014
7:22 AM

I use the fertility awareness method for birth control which requires some discipline but is very rewarding — I have been using it for almost 8 years : ) I had found a natural lubricant before using grapefruit seed extract that I really liked but I am out of it. I will have to find some more unless I win it : )

Feb 17, 2014
8:39 PM

Definitely going to look into the natural lubricants mentioned.

Feb 17, 2014
6:49 PM

Got a links to read :) Thanks for all the tips.

Feb 17, 2014
5:35 PM

Never thought about the effect of hormones on the fish, have stopped the hormone method for myself, but glad to know I’m helping the fish too!

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