When it comes to sex, no matter what you enjoy, the rule is usually: the wetter, the better. When it comes to lube, this logic works perfectly because wetter is exactly what you get.
And if you only associate lube with vaginal dryness, it's time to think outside the box. Instead, consider less friction, smoother skin, and overall better sex — regardless of gender, age, or stage of life.
Consider lube to be a form of encouragement for your bits — or a way to save time because you were supposed to leave the house 5 minutes ago. Here's how to prepare for foreplay with lube.
What is a Lubricant?
Personal lubricant, also known as "lube," is a liquid or gel used to prevent unwanted friction during sex.
It can be used for a variety of sexual activities, including penetrative and anal sex as well as masturbation. Some are also suitable for use with toys.
Can I Use Lubricant for Condoms?
Yes, you can use lubricant for condoms. Any type of condom can be used with a water-based or silicone lube. Latex condoms should not be used with anything that contains oil, such as lotion, vaseline, or oil-based lubes. Latex condoms can be damaged and broken by oil. Oil-based lubes are generally compatible with non-latex plastic condoms.
How Do You Use Lube With Condoms?
Lube is simple to use with condoms; simply rub lube on the outside of the condom after putting it on. Add a few drops of lube inside the condom tip or on the penis before rolling the condom on. You can also apply lube directly to a vulva and/or anus. There is no correct or incorrect amount; whatever feels good works.
What Lubricants to Choose for Latex Condoms?
Lubrication can be accomplished with clean water or saliva. The lubricants that come with condoms are usually silicone. Silicone lubricants are packaged separately as well. Water or glycol-based lubricants are also available and may be less expensive. They are also suitable for use with condoms.
Lubricants should be used on the outside of the condom, in the vagina, or in the anus. Lubricants should not be applied to the penis because they can cause the condom to slip off. For some men, a drop or two of lubricant on the inside of the condom tip before unrolling can help increase the sensation of sex. However, too much lubricant inside can cause the condom to slip off.
As lubricants for latex condoms, do not use oil-based products. They can cause latex damage.
The following materials should not be used:
- any oils (cooking, baby, coconut, mineral) or products made with oil
- petroleum jelly
- cold creams
- cocoa butter
Which Lubricant is Safe to Use With All Condoms?
If you're not sure what your condoms are made of, always go with a water-based lubricant to be safe. It works with all condoms and sex toys and is generally gentler on the body. In addition, unlike oil-based lubricants, which can trap bacteria inside and around the genitalia, water-based lubricants are less likely to cause infections.
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