Lube – Wetter is Better
Let’s face it, when it comes to getting busy, wetter is better.
Even if your sex life is in good shape, lube might be just the thing to take it up a notch. Your natural wetness down there, can vary for a number of reasons. Using lube can ease penetration which can make sex even more pleasureable. As a bonus, it can also increase sensation and make it easier to orgasm! Score!
However, when it comes to picking the best lube for you… it can get confusing! The pH and bacteria levels of the genitals are very sensitive so it’s important to choose a product that will not disrupt that. Here is the low down on the different types of lube out there.
Water-based: These all purpose lubes are the most common and even come in flavors. They have a thick and sticky texture. They are safe to use with sex toys and latex contraceptives like condoms and diaphragms. They are designed to be non irritating, however, some contain glycerin, which can lead to yeast infections, making a quick post sex cleanup a must. Water-based means they’re easy to rinse off and are easily absorbed into our skin… making cleanup a breeze! That also means you might have to re-apply depending on just how frisky you are getting.
Silicon-based: Silicone products are very thin and have a greasy texture. They last a long time because they are not absorbed and do not evaporate, so there is no need to reapply. They can allow you to enjoy some slippery, wet fun in the water because they aren’t easily washed away. However, this makes clean up a little more difficult. They can be used safely with latex condoms and sex toys that are not made out of silicon. They are not safe to use with silicone sex toys because it can ruin them. Silicone is hypoallergenic, so it’s a great choice for users with sensitive skin or allergies. That said, some people can still be irritated by silicone, so make sure to test it out first.
Oil-based: Oil-based products are easy to come by and come in many different forms – Vaseline, olive oil, vitamin E oil, and mineral oil. A popular one to use is coconut oil as it is very soothing to the skin, natural, nontoxic and a lighter oil that has little to no scent. These lubes are not as popular as the first two because they are not designed to be used as personal lubricant and should be used with caution. There are several factors that should be considered before using oil-based lubes. They break down latex (that means they will cause a condom to break) which can drastically increase your risk for pregnancy or STDs. These lubricants might be more appealing to couples in monogamous relationships who are using a different form of birth control other than latex condoms or diaphragms. They are not designed to be used in our oh-so sensitive areas and can be made with ingredients that can be bad for your genitals. They can also be very messy and difficult to clean up. They also make it more difficult to clean off bacteria because the oil can hold it down there, increasing your risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs). Yes, they might be natural, but they have some serious downsides.
Remember to always check the ingredient list. It is recommended that you only use a non toxic and paraben free lubricant. It is also important to avoid endocrine disruptors (like BPA and phthalates). Now that you know the basics, go ahead and experiment to find the one that works for you. When it comes to applying lube, don’t overthink it… Just start by applying a pea-sized portion (a little can go a long way) of lubricant on yourself, partner, or toy and reapply as needed. Enjoy the benefits of using lube safely, enhancing your pleasure, and having fun!
January 19, 2016