Is saliva a safe lubricant?

I have been doing lots of urethral play sessions on cam lately and I notice people do not really care about hygiene and safety when they use sound on themselves, especially when it comes to lubricating their urethras.

High quality sterile lube is essential for urethral stimulation. The urethra has sensitive lining so it’s important to keep it protected. Inserting toys into the urethra can irritate or even damage the tissue, so lube is essential for keeping things super smooth and gentle during the play.

But I see people using saliva as a lubricant on cam. Can saliva be used as a lube for urethral play?

In short: NO. You should NEVER use saliva as lube for urethral play. This may seem like a quick idea but it can cause more harm than good. Avoid saliva at all costs if you wish to have safe and enjoyable urethral play experience.

While saliva may work as a lube substitute for certain activities (i.e. masturbation) it is not recommended for more complex activities such as urethral stimulation.

1. Saliva dries pretty quickly. Since urethral sounding requires careful and often deep insertion, no one can produce enough saliva to provide lubrication for a urethral toy. All it does is to dry up very quickly and cause friction that leads to burning and it will damage your sensitive urethral tissue.

2. Another issue with saliva as a lubricant for urethral sounding is that it can cause urinary tract infections. Saliva contains digestive enzymes that break down food. When you introduce these bacteria and enzymes into your urethra, the result can upset your urethral microbiome and leave you susceptible to developing an infection

3. When playing with your partner – Any STI in the throat or mouth can be transmitted to the genitals through saliva. For example, if your partner has an active herpes lesion for example, using their spit to make things slick could leave you with genital herpes. I will write another blog soon after I finish my research and fact check with medical professionals.

Sterilising your toy is also important, I wrote a blog a while ago about Urethral Sounding with sterilisation info:

Sounding and sterile lube: