Coconut oil is touted by many as a healthy, all-natural product with an abundance of uses—everything from an alternative to butter in vegan dishes to an organic moisturizer for skin and hair. One suggestion making the rounds in recent years is using the oil as a vaginal lubricant.

If you're thinking about trading in your tried-and-true lube for coconut oil, here's what the experts want you to know.

The benefits and the risks

Kecia Gaither, M.D., double board-certified in OB-GYN and Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and director of Perinatal Services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx, told us coconut oil in its purest form makes an excellent moisturizer for external genitalia (your vulva).

As for using it inside your vagina, there have been