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How to choose the right lube for you

Posted by Miss H on

Lube is a useful tool for various forms of sex, including foreplay, vaginal sex, anal sex, oral sex, and masturbation, and it’s a beneficial part of a healthy sex life. Let me assure you, wetter is better!

There are various types of lubes available, each with its own pros and cons depending on your specific situation it is being used.

There are four primary types of lubricants which I will take you through. In addition to the main four, you can also purchase lubricants that have added features such as having a flavor or even having the added benefit of warming or cooling sensation!

Ok, lets talk about the main four.

Water-based lubricant

Water-based lube is safe to use with latex condoms and is easy to clean up since it won't stain most fabrics. It's a great option for those with sensitive skin and is also safe to use on vibrators and other sex toys. If you plan to have sex or masturbate in the shower, you may want to opt for another type of lube because water-based lube will quickly rinse away in water. It also dries out quicker than other lubes, so you'll need to reapply it more often during longer sex sessions. Be aware that some water-based lubes contain an ingredient called glycerine, which may cause vaginal irritation and increase the chance of a yeast infection in a small percentage of users.

Silicone-based lubricant

Silicone lubricant is extremely long-lasting, safe to use with latex condoms, and holds up well under water. While it's a benefit that silicone-based lubes last long while you use them, they can be difficult to clean up. You will need soap and water to wash silicone lube off your body. It can also stain clothing, sheets, and hardwood floors. An important fact to note, please avoid using silicone lube with silicone sex toys, as it will gradually cause the sex toy to deteriorate.

Oil-based lubricant

Oil-based lubes like lotions and petroleum jellies last longer than water-based lube, hold up well in the shower, and are better for external sexual activity like hand-jobs and sensual massages. While you can use oil-based lube for penetrative sex, it tends to linger inside the body and may cause a build-up of bacteria that leads to irritation. In addition, it's not safe to use oil-based lubes with latex sex toys or latex condoms—the oil can cause the condom to deteriorate, putting you at risk for STIs or pregnancy. Oil-based lube can also be difficult to clean up and may stain bedsheets. For those looking for a chemical-free natural lube, coconut oil is a popular choice.

Aloe Vera-based lubricant

Aloe Vera lube is relatively new to the market, but it has gained popularity as a natural lubricant. Aloe Vera is an environmentally sustainable product which means it grows easily with little need for water, but the gel it produces has a smell or odour, which may not be great for all sexual situations. It also dries out faster than other forms of lube, and it may require reapplication during sex.

Using lube is nothing to feel embarrassed about. It can be a great addition to your sexual experiences.


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