The Best of Lubricants : Types, Tips and More
The usage of lubes is generally seen in a negative light as a sign that you’re not interested in your partner, owing to vaginal dryness. But this a myth long awaited to be broken, vaginal dryness occurs due to multiple reasons and is a much common affair than it is taken to be.
When it comes to sex, there is one simple rule to pleasure for both the participants: the wetter the better and lubes help in doing exactly that. The usage of sex lubricants leads to an overall better sexual experience owing to increased wetness & pleasure and reduced friction & pain.
With age, and other reasons, the time required by our bodies for vaginal lubrication may increase. Lubes act as a saviour in this case saving time and reducing frustration. Vaginal dryness can occur due to varying reasons ranging from breastfeeding to menopause, or on specific days in our menstrual cycle which are dryer. This is when a sexual lubricant can come in to save the day (or night!).
A lubricant can be applied to the penis, the vagina, the anus and even to sex toys like dildos and butt plugs, to make the insertion easier and make the act more pleasurable. It is important to do some research when choosing the right kind of lubricant to suit your needs, your wants and your bodies.
There are various types of lubes and with a variety of bases, so you should choose the one which is suitable for you. There are many different formulations to perfectly suit your needs. Here’s an interesting look at what’s sold in the market.
Let’s deep dive into each!
Water-based lubes are the most common type of lubricants, they’re widely available and inexpensive. These lubricants don’t weaken condoms, latex or non-latex, and have a reduced risk of condom breakage, so they’re encouraged for safe sex. This lube is also preferred as it washes off easily, goes easy on sensitive skin and doesn’t stain the sheets! The only problem faced with water-based lubes are that they’re water-soluble, resulting in them being easily absorbed by the skin and drying out, which leads to the necessity of reapplication.
Silicon-based lubes are moisturizing, don’t break down in water like the water-based lubes and lasts longer. They’re available easily, with different qualities and characteristics to offer. They don’t contain any water, so they can last longer than Water-Based lubricants. They don’t wash off easily, which is why it’s necessary to rinse them immediately after use, to prevent irritation although since silicone is hypoallergenic, most people won’t experience a reaction. This type is safe to use with condoms too.
Oil-based lubricants come with a lot of pros and cons. This lubricant is preferred if you cannot be bothered with the entire process of reapplication. The downside of Oil-based lube is that if you’re using a condom, the chances of breakage and slippage are increased. These are also associated with higher rates of infection and can cause irritation and inflammation.
Lubes can be fun and are available in all sorts of option like tingling, flavoured , natural, warming, etc. But it is important to check its ingredients and test the pH value while going lube shopping as a healthy vagina should maintain the pH level of 3.5 to 4.5. While picking out lubes, you should be on a lookout to avoid these ingredients:
2) Nonoxynol – 9
4) Propylene Glycol
5) Chlorhexidine gluconate
Whatever your reason for using a lube, it’s a fun and simple way to take your sex life to the next level. Exploring and experimenting with what works for you and your partner is the right way to slide!