5 Things You Should, But Might Not Know, About Sexual Lubricants
Health Hacks For some reason, lube has a bad reputation. Here are some things you should know about the most versatile toy in your box.
1. Lube is multi-functional
Lube is fantastic for most of the sexy-time activities, as well as some lesser known daily uses (like fixing squeaking hinges). Contrary to what some media messaging has offered, lubing up does not make you a “sandbox kitty bitch” or indicate sexual dysfunction. Using lube only means you are reducing friction on your genitals.
2. Changing lubrication levels
Many factors can influence vaginal lubrication: hormones, medications, hydration level. For example, antihistamines, used to stop your dripping nose, are likely also drying out your vaginal mucosa. It is similar tissue.
3. Not all lubes are created equal
There are many different types and brands of lubes, so it’s safe to say there is a lube out there for everybody. The main types are water-based, silicone and oil-based. Each has perks and pitfalls, but one thing to note is that oil-based lubes are not latex condom compatible. So, if coconut oil is your go-to sex salve, make sure you are using non latex safer sex supplies.
4. On water-based lube
Water based lubes generally contain more ingredients than silicone based lube, among them parabens, glycerin and propylene glycol—all of which can be irritants. If you notice that your bits are unhappy after using a lube, check the ingredients for those three and look for lubes without them.
5. Less is not more
This axiom is generally used when talking about penetrating an anus, but could arguably apply to more areas of your life. Put lube in the reservoir tip of your condoms for comfort. Make your latex shinier. Add lube to oral and manual sex to increase pleasure. Rub lube on chafe-prone inner thighs. Use it to smooth your hair or skin. There are lots of uses for lube—sexy or not—and you won’t know how many until you try.