Whether you’re playing with a partner or flying solo with your favourite sex toys, lube is the perfect accompaniment to any romp. But what is lube? And when should you use it?
Read on for the answers to all your personal lubricant questions.
What is lube?
Lube is one of those words that changes with context. When talking about lube in the bedroom we’re talking about personal or sexual lubricant.
Personal lubricant’s primary purpose is to reduce friction that can come along with specific kinds of sex or masturbation. It can reduce irritation, make contact feel more fluid, and help you sustain a position that might otherwise cause too much friction.
When should you use lube?
The short answer: whenever you like!
There can be a stigma around using personal lubricant for vaginal sex because the vagina is “supposed to” produce enough lubrication of its own. This is utter nonsense. While the vagina does have glands that produce fluids that lubricate the vagina, the levels of fluid produced vary from person to person. People often experience a difference in lubrication at different times in their life or at different points in their menstruation cycle as well.
Just remember: no matter how wet your vagina may get, the anus doesn’t produce any lubrication of its own. If you’re going to be breaking out the anal sex toys, then bring the lube, and plenty of it!
Types of lube
There are 3 main types of lubricant and they’re all suitable for different things.
1. Water-based lubricant
Water-based lube is one of the most common. It’s easy to clean up, doesn’t leave unsightly stains on the sheets, and is best suited for use with sex toys. Because it’s predominantly water, this lube is unsuitable for shower or water sex as it washes away.
2. Silicone-based lubricant
Silicone-based lubricants are a boon for those with sensitive skin as it’s hypoallergenic. It also keeps things smoother for longer than water-based lube.
The downsides include mess and potentially stained sheets. It’s also not compatible with silicone sex toys as it can degrade them.
3. Oil-based lubricant
There aren’t that many commercial oil-based lubes on the market and for good reason. Oil breaks down latex and can cause condoms to break. It’s also not recommended for use in or around the vagina as it can cause bacterial issues. If you’re after something quick and easy for masturbation with a penis then this is the lube type for you.
Lube and sex toys go hand in hand
Your lube should have pride of place among your sex toys. The right lubrication for the right situation can make your play smoother, safer, and more enjoyable for all involved.
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