Here at ONE, we think lube is fantastic.
People use lube for various reasons, from enhancing one’s sex life, making sex fun and pleasurable, medical or life-cycle reasons, and so much more. However, there are some common myths out there about lube, such as that a woman is always wet when aroused or that only older couples use lube (both not true!).
So here are a few tips and tricks to get you excited about...
Pleasure. Hello, epic sex. Lube comes in various styles and flavors, and can enhance your sex life by providing that extra wetness during sex. Lube can increase pleasure whether you’re masturbating or having sex with a partner(s). Inserting anything into the vagina or rectum should feel comfortable (and pleasurable!), and requires at least some lubrication. The vagina self-lubricates, but not always the same amount or in the same way. Despite the magic that foreplay can bring, some individuals experience vaginal dryness (which could be due to anything from stress, menopause, birth control, etc). This is why lube is a great thing to have around, no matter the type of sex you are having.
Pro-tip for extra pleasure: Put a drop of lube both inside the condom (before placing the condom on the penis) as well as outside the condom (after putting the condom on the penis).
Anal sex. Lube is a must for anal sex along with condoms. The anus and rectum are not self-lubricating, and the lining of the anus is thinner and more delicate. Lube is a great way to help make sure anal sex is comfortable, pleasurable and safer.
Condoms. Although many styles of condoms come already lubricated, adding extra lube can help reduce friction, which helps decrease the likelihood that a condom will break. Using lube can make a condom feel even more natural and pleasurable. Just remember to check that your condom is compatible with the type of lube you are using (note: oil-based lubes cannot be used with latex condoms).
Aging. Lube is great for people of all ages! As women age, estrogen levels decrease during menopause. This may cause a decrease in a woman’s natural lubrication. Lube can help vaginal dryness, increase pleasure and make sex more comfortable.
Types of lube:
- Water-based: Lubes that are water-based are compatible with condoms, including latex condoms. They tend to be the least messy and thus easy to clean up, and are most similar to the body’s natural lubrication. Because water-based lubes tend to evaporate quicker, you may need to reapply.
- Silicone-based: Lubes that are silicone-based are slicker. They tend to last longer, but generally require soap and water to clean up. Silicone-based lubes can be used in water (think hot tubs and showers, wink wink). Silicone-based lubes are compatible with condoms (including latex condoms). However, some silicone-based lube cannot be used with sex toys made out of silicone.
- Hybrid lubricants: Hybrid means that it has qualities of both water-based and silicone-based lubes. The silicone generally allows the lubricant to last longer. Water helps good ingredients absorb into your skin, and water-based lubes are easier to clean.
- Oil-based: Do not use oil-based lubes or products that are made with petroleum jelly (e.g. Vaseline®), mineral oil, vegetable oil, or cold cream with latex condoms—as these may break down or damage the latex condom. So if you’re using a latex condom, use lubes that are water-based or silicone-based.
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