A little bit of lubricant can go a long way. This product that has many uses, from facilitating and heightening pleasure during masturbation to transforming potentially painful, unsatisfying intimate experiences into mind-blowing sex.
In this guide, we’ll cover what you need to know about lube. From when to bring it out to which kinds to try and the differences between them. Knowledge is power and this information will help you expand your sexual awareness and investigate your options.
Reach for the Lube
The woman’s vagina is an amazing bit of anatomy. As we all know, lubrication to help facilitate comfortable and pleasurable intercourse happens naturally as women become aroused. Sometimes, though… Well, not so much.
Whether vaginal dryness is caused by stress, the effort to conceive, hormonal changes like peri- and post-menopause, medication or other reasons, we women can sometimes use a little bit of help in this department.
Bring on the lube! Since wetter is definitely better, lube will assist in freeing you up to get into the moment and enjoy what’s actually happening - without the pain caused by friction and with amped up pleasure for both you and your partner.
There are other reasons for bringing lube into your love life, including masturbation, with or without sex toys, and to increase the stimulation of your partner, the comfort of condoms and even his staying power.
Regardless of why you’re opting for a lubricant, selecting one can be challenging. There are many different types on the market, so here are the basics in order to make a selection that works for you.
Highly slippery, these lubricants have staying power! They don’t dry up so they stay slick for longer and can be used for any love-making session involving water (think Sunday morning shower), and they can be used without risk with latex condoms.
The disadvantage to these products, however, is mainly that they can be damaging to the accoutrements of your sex life: they’ll stain your gorgeous satin sheets or silk lingerie and will damage any silicone or rubber sex toys that you bring to bed. They can also inhibit any oral action, as they don’t taste very good!
If it’s oral action you’re after, water-based lubes are generally what you should choose. Available in a very wide range of flavours, these lubricants are great for sexual encounters that feature oral pleasuring.
Arousal lubes, which are usually water-based, can also add a little zing to your afternoon delight. These lube contain chemicals and natural ingredients like peppermint extract which result in warming and tingling sensations.
Water-based lubes also offer quick, non-staining clean-up, can be paraben, glycerin and chemical-free, and work without risk to latex condoms.
If you’re trying to conceive and/or don’t need to worry about condoms, oil-based lubes could be your best choice. Conventional lubes have been shown to damage sperm, but these ones are all-natural and can usually be found in your kitchen.
Anything that you’d put inside your mouth can also go in your vagina, so oils like avocado, coconut and olive could be your go-to.
If your primary method of staying safe during sex is latex condoms, avoid oil-based lubes as they can damage latex condoms.
Lube, For Him
If staying power is an issue, opt for a desensitizing lube. This will help your man if he struggles with endurance issues or premature ejaculation.
Lube and condoms are definitely a match made in heaven. Applying additional safe lubricant both inside and outside the condom can increase both partners pleasure while giving the man more comfort and a natural feeling.
Hopefully, these tips have encouraged you to hit the internet or the appropriate section of the drug store in order to give lube a try. With confidence and knowledge, you’ll know exactly what to buy to increase your pleasure while staying safe.
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