Personal lubricants are essential. Whether you are alone or with a partner, they are needed to help you get closer, connect and stay longer. Learn why you need lubricant and how to choose the right personal lubricant for you.
Why do you need to use personal lubricants?
Most of the time, our bodies produce enough natural lubricant to be comfortable everyday. However, if you are having sex or using toys, you may need more than what nature provides, especially if you are experiencing hormonal changes, on medications or experiencing stress.
If you are using toys, it’s always smart to use personal lubricant. Toys tend to dry up as they are exposed to air, making for uncomfortable re-entry.
For anal sex, keep in mind that the anus produces no moisture of it’s own, so it’s always wise to use anal lubricant with anal play.
In case you are concerned, using personal lubricant is not a sign of a broken body or a failed libido. Instead it’s the most normal thing in the world.
Do you need to use personal lubricant if you produce a lot of vaginal moisture?
You still might want to use lubricant because it adds sensation to the moisture.
Should you buy what your friend recommends?
Just because your friend recommends a particular type or brand of lubricant, it doesn’t mean that it will work for you. It is normal for people to have different physical reactions to things and be turned on in different ways. Find what works best for you!
Hopefully, you now understand why personal lubricant is so important to use. The next step is to choose your base. Water Based Lubricants
The first ingredient is water or aloe
Feels cool on the skin and may get sticky after a while
Slippery but it also tends to dry up – can be reactivated by adding water or saliva
Most common type used with vaginal intercourse, anal intercourse, oral sex, and masturbation
Offers the most variety: flavors, warming, and stimulating
Washes from the body quickly
Does not stain (unless color is added)
Compatible with all toys
Compatible with any kind of condom
A small amount of silicone can be added (which produces a white or creamy lubricant) – feels slippery not sticky yet is still thin, while leaving the skin silky smooth when dry
Slick & doesn’t dry out easily – only need a small amount
Can be used with masturbation or vaginal intercourse
Limited risk of irritation or yeast infections if they are made with all natural ingredients; however, if not washed off after use, it may clog pores and leave unwanted residue that can harbor bacteria and yeast
Safe for all types of sex toys
Never use with rubber or latex
Stains and can be difficult to wash off
Not recommended for anal play because bacteria thrives in oil
Once you have chosen your base, now you need to decide what variety you want:
Flavored – Designed to enhance oral sex
Glycerin-free – Glycerin mimics sugar, which causes yeast infections or irritation
Paraben-free – Parabens are a common preservative that can be irritable to some women
Stimulating or warming – Goes on cool and warms with friction; Designed to increase sensation for both partners; Contains active ingredients like menthol or pepper that increases blood flood and awakens nerve endings
Repairing – Contains ingredients, such as carrageenan, that heals and repairs vaginal tissue, soothes and relieves vaginal dryness and adds more moisture
Anal – Thicker lubricant that stays on the skin longer providing a more comfortable feeling by reducing friction & sensation
Women’s – Thinner lubricant where you feel more sensation without friction; Perfect as a “kick starter” until her own moisture takes over
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