Last week, I shared the expert lowdown on How to Choose the Best Condoms for You and Your Partner.
This week, I'm back to empower you with a sexy lube primer. If you've ever wondered about how to choose the right lube to take sex to new levels of pleasure, I'm here to break it down for you.
Many people believe that a woman is always wet when she's sexually aroused. While this certainly can be true, there are many reasons (stress, lack of sleep and hormones, to name a few) that may result in an aroused woman experiencing vaginal dryness.
Additional lube can definitely make condoms feel more comfortable, pleasurable and natural. Often, using "lubricated" condoms can be ineffective against vaginal dryness. You see, lubrication is applied to condoms once they are rolled up and just before the condom foil is sealed. This results in condoms that are typically inconsistently lubricated: Wet at the tip, while quite dry along the shaft and base. Thankfully, there is a way to ensure smooth operating: By applying condom-compatible lubricant generously to the outside of the condom, sex with condoms becomes much better (and much safer).
Condom Pro-Tip: A few drops of lube inside the condom will greatly improve his experience as well.
Regardless of the reason (and whether or not you use condoms), lacking personal lubrication during sex can be uncomfortable, distracting and painful. Most women experience times when additional lubrication would greatly improve both comfort and sexual pleasure for her as well as her partner.
This is likely the reason that many couples who use a great, high-quality lube wouldn't have sex without it. Not all lubes are created equal, of course. So let's start with the basics:
Water-based lubes are slippery and may need to be reapplied. They are easy to clean up with water. Look for high-quality (body safe) choices that state they are petrochemical-free, glycerin-free and paraben-free.
Silicone-based lubes are slick and can be used in water (hot tubs, showers, lakes, swimming pools). They are less likely to need multiple applications (in comparison to water-based lubes). They generally require soap and water for clean-up. Use them sparingly and avoid getting them on surfaces you don't want to slip on later.
- Always use water-based or silicone-based lube with latex condoms.
- To put it another way, never use an oil-based lube with latex condoms (this includes, baby oil, coconut oil, etc.) or you run the risk of condom breakage!
- Not only will the slickness of lube enhance your enjoyment, lube can make sex with condoms much safer. (Reducing friction helps to keep the condom intact!)
- Always add additional lube when using thin condoms.
- Arousal lubes (generally water-based) can enhance the experience by warming, tingling and adding a little zing.
- Flavored lubes (also water-based) can add a certain tastiness to the experience. They come in many, many flavors. There are now even organic lubes.
- Desensitizing lubes (Pjur offers a great desensitizing spray) can support men to last longer. If you (or your partner) are struggling with premature ejaculation and want endurance, they are the way to go.
Did you know that you do not have to buy an entire bottle of lube?
Pillow packs (think travel size or sachet) are perfect for trying a new lube (or two) -- convenient and compact for life on the go! Typically, they are about the same size as a condom package, and good for a single use.
Melissa White is a condom expert and CEO & Founder of Lucky Bloke.