Complete Guide on Personal Lubricant

Lubricant is a liquid that is used during sexual acts such as intercourse or masturbation to reduce the friction between the penis, vagina, anus and other body parts. It also can be applied to sex toys to again reduce friction and for easier penetration.

Do I Really Need Lubricant?

Not everyone needs lubricant. People who may need lubricant are ladies who may suffer from vaginal dryness which can be caused by a number of things such as; medications, menopause and pregnancy just to name a few. Some women who have sexual problems need to use personal lubricant whilst others need it to help them get started until their body functions take place. It makes masturbation easier for both males and females with and without toys.

Can I Buy Just Any Lube?

When it comes to buying lube you really need to keep a few things in mind. The first thing you want to do when buying lube is to consider who is using it and if you are using toys etc. You’ll also want to keep an eye out for certain ingredients that may cause more harm than good.

What are those ingredients and what can they do to your body?

  • Glycerin: Glycerin is a sweet sugar substance. It has the potential to create yeast infections and Urinary Tract Infection (UTIs). If you are prone to yeast infections it is best to stay away from any lubes containing glycerin.
  • Nonoxynol-9: Nonoxynol-9 is commonly used in spermicial lubes. The chemical can cause abrasions in the vagina. It can also break down the protective rectal lining in the anus. Both of which can potentially increase the chances of getting AIDs, STDs and skin irritations leading to infections.
  • Petroleum: Petroleum coats skin in oils that block pores.
  • Menthol: Menthol is mainly used in tingling and cooling lubes. It can be drying and dry out the soft tissue in the genital area.
  • Parabens: Parabens are a preserving ingredient that includes methylparaben and propylparaben. Research suggests that parabens are absorbed by the skin and metabolize in the body, partially in the women’s breast and ovaries.
  • L-arginine: L-arginine is mainly used in arousal lubes. It can encourage an oncoming herpes outbreak. If you have herpes avoid lube with this in it.

The Pro’s And Con’s Of Different Lubes

Water-based Lube

  • Pros; easy to find, compatible with most condoms, use with toys, cheap, gentle and soothing, main ingredient is water, won’t stain and is easy to clean.
  • Cons; can be sticky, dries quickly so you’ll need more, not recommenced to use in the shower.

Silicone-based Lube

  • Pros; long lasting and never dries up, compatible with most condoms and non silicone toys,  water friendly, good for dry sensitive skin and can also be used as a body massage oil.
  • Cons; can be costly, hard to wash off and isn’t compatible with silicone toys.

Oil-based Lube

  • Pros; good for masturbation.
  • Cons; hard to wash off, not condom compatible and isn’t good for vaginal sex.

Hybrid Lube

  • Pros; mainly water, long lasting, natural feel like water based, thicker than silicone based lubes and if oil free is condom safe.
  • Cons; no real cons for this one it’s just not as good of a body oil as silicone…

Can I Use Lubes With Condoms?

Most lubricants are compatible with condoms and dental dams. As long as it is oil free and is also free of petroleum. Using a drop of lube inside the condom can help with a better fit but not too much otherwise the condom will slip off.

Can I Use Lubes With Sex Toys?

I know I touched on this but I wanted to make  a clear indication of what lubes are safe to use with what toys, if you are unsure of what lubes you can use let this graph help you decide what lubes may be best for you.





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You can also find lubricants which are sex toy friendly which is one of the benefits of why you can use SuperSlyde lubricant.

Can I Use Lubes While Pregnant?

As long as your doctor has given you the okay that it’s safe to enjoy sex during pregnancy water based lube is the most safe and recommended. Oil based and warming lubes are also okay to use as long as they don’t irritate you. If you need to talk to a specialist you can use HealthEngine to find a doctor in your local area.

About the author: Lauren is a consultant from Oh Zone Adult Lifestyle Centres



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