LUBRICANTS 101

Not a lot of writing, let’s just slide into the facts, shall we?

There are 3 types of lubricants: Water based, Silicone based, & Oil based.

Water

  • safe and effective
  • no risk of damaging latex condoms
  • tends to dry and possibly become sticky, add more as needed
  • thicker water lubes last longer but can get a little messy
  • easily washes off with water
  • be aware of any additives to water based lube
  • if sweetened or scented, may contain glycerin, a sweetener component known to cause yeast infections

Silicone

  • the ingredient dimethicone as a major component, a synthetic substance related to plastic.
  • silicone lube stays slippery for longer
  • silicone lubricants are safe to use with latex condoms because they don’t break down the material
  • less likely to cause skin irritation
  • Silicone lubricants are also less messy as opposed to water-based, which tends to become sticky once it dries.
  • silicone based lubricants are inedible
  • should not be used on adult sex toys made of silicone
  • tend to be more expensive

Oil

  • mostly made of natural ingredients
  • does not dry easily and longer lasting
  • using too much minimizes friction which is needed for stimulation
  • exclusively use with polyurethane condoms
  • wash thoroughly, oil traps bacteria and can cause infection
  • oil is difficult to digest
  • unlikely to cause skin irritation or allergic reactions

 

lube-636I have provided basic, yet very important information about lubricants. Each has its own pros and cons. Choose wisely and do your research. Lubricants can also vary according to flavor, sensation, and aroma.

OTC (over-the-counter) vaginal lubricants are typically used to prevent vaginal dryness and reduce pain during intercourse, and are often prescribed or sold in drugstores. Some women do not use OTC personal vaginal lubricants due to possible allergic reaction. However, many lubricants for various purposes are used often and successfully. Please consider the advantages and disadvantages when choosing lubricants specifically for anal sex, vaginal/penile intercourse, or masturbation. For example, oil based lubricants are not suggested for anal sex, due to its tendency to clog pores and trap bacteria. Doing so can create an environment for bacteria to thrive and grow, developing into an infection.

While using a lubricant, if you experience irritation, immediately stop usage. I highly suggest you do not quickly try another lubricant and allow your body to cleanse of the irritation. Research what may have possibly caused the irritation and/or experiment with a lubricant that does not include the same ingredients or chemical compounds.

-Noni Ayana

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