Lubricants

Lubricants are probably the single most commonly used sex aid. Natural vaginal lubrication is not always sufficient to make sex easy and comfortable, and the rectum does not produce any of its own lubrication. Lubricants are thus helpful in reducing friction in the vagina or anus during sexual play. Whether you are self-pleasuring, using sex toys, manually stimulating each other, or having intercourse, you will want to have plenty of lube available to keep things juicy!

Oils

Natural vegetable oils can feel wonderful when used in different kinds of erotic play. Coconut oil is an excellent choice because it is a little thicker than most. It also is easier to wash out of sheets than other oils. The main problem with vegetable oils is that contact with them can weaken latex. Thus, oil-based lubricants (vegetable or petroleum) should not be used with most condoms or any latex sex toy. Natural oils are not a problem, however, when used with vinyl condoms. Synthetic oil-based lubes, such as petroleum jelly, are generally not recommended. They, too, will break down latex and they tend to linger in the vagina or anus. This can be uncomfortable as well as make infection more likely to occur. There are much better alternatives as far as texture and consistency.

Alert

Women should avoid using creams, lotions, or scented oils in the vagina. Many of these products irritate the vagina and can trigger yeast infections. Coconut oil, on the other hand, is considered by some to be a cure for yeast infections, and may help prevent them from occurring in the first place.

Water-Based Lubricants

Water-based lubes are the most popular and most-often recommended personal lubricants. They are made to be non-staining, non-irritating, and safe to use with all condoms. They are considered all-purpose lubes, meaning they are good for any sexual activity, with or without toys. They come in different consistencies, from liquid to jelly. Liquid lubes tend to have a consistency closest to saliva or your natural juices, so if you want something relatively light, go with these.

Jelly lubes are thicker and last longer. For anal sex or more extended encounters, you should go with them. Most water-based lubes are taste-free, except for the special flavored varieties made for oral sex. Water-based lubes are easy to wash off your person, your toys, or your bed sheets. Simply use soap and water.

Silicone-Based Lubricants

Silicone-based lubes are the slipperiest and longest lasting of the personal lubricants. They are handy for sex where there is water involved (in a bath or pool) because they will not rinse away. You do need to be careful when using them in the bathtub or shower because they can make surfaces very slippery. Silicone-based lubes are compatible with latex but are not recommended for use with condoms. If a silicone-based lube gets too dry, it may get sticky and the resulting friction can cause a condom to break. Also, using silicone-based lube with your silicone sex toys is not recommended, because they can degrade the texture of the silicone on your toy.

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