Posted on September 17 2015
Lubricants are a must-have for any nightstand or toy drawer. A good lube can create a next-level hand job, reduce friction during sex, and generally increase the intensity of your and your partner’s sensations.
It's normal for women to experience moments when natural lubrication is lacking. The amount of natural lubrication a woman's body produces can not only be affected by arousal level, but also by stress, alcohol, smoking, medication, monthly cycle, and numerous other things. When these moments unexpectedly strike, having lube handy can help you feel more comfortable and increase your and your partner’s pleasure.
When it comes to anal sex, lubricants are a necessity. The anus doesn't produce any natural lubrication, and the surrounding delicate tissue can easily tear. While the majority of condoms are lubricated, they won’t provide enough lather for most anal adventures.
So which lube should you choose?
When picking a lube, simply consider your purpose and personal preferences. Here are a few more details that can help you choose your lube of choice.
For an all-purpose product to amplify your sensations, a water-based lube is your best bet. Compatible with latex contraceptives, silicone products, and most any sex toy, water-based lubes are easy to clean and generally non-irritating. Although they tend to dry up easily, they can be easily reinvigorated with water or saliva.
For a longer-lasting product, consider silicone-based lubes. With a slightly thicker consistency and silky finish, silicone-based lubes are good to use with latex products. However, it’s important to note that they aren't universally compatible; silicon lubes can’t be used with silicone toys because of silicone-on-silicone reactions. Also, silicone lubes can be difficult to wash off of clothing and bedding, so just be careful about using excess product.
An oil-based lube can provide a slick, long-lasting experience. Great for massages and hand jobs, oil-based lubes are best used for external use, as they can be difficult for your body to flush out. They also shouldn’t be used with latex condoms or rubber toys, as they can break down the latex.