Lubricants tend to be gel like substances that are used to enhance sensations during sex. Using lubricant is a simple way to reduce friction and discomfort which improves feelings of pleasure for both partners.
Why do some people experience discomfort during sex?
If one of the two partners is a woman then she will produce a natural lubricant when aroused, however the amount of natural lubricant produced will vary depending on the person, and their body. Every body is different so no matter how aroused a woman is, she may not produce enough natural lubricant to prevent friction. In this case a gentle lubricant that’s kind to both partner’s bodies will improve the experience and make it more enjoyable for both of them.
If I don’t experience discomfort during sex can I still use lubricant?
Yes, lubricant is great for minimising friction and it can also be used to increase arousal and enhance feelings during sex. Whilst lubricant isn’t always a necessity for vaginal sex it is essential for anal sex, because the anus doesn’t produce it’s own natural lubricant. It is also a much tighter canal so you need to use plenty of lubricant to ensure both partners don’t experience friction or even tearing of the skin.
Can I use lubricant with condoms?
If you’re having safe sex and using condoms to protect against STIs and pregnancy then you’ll need to pick the right lubricant to use in combination with condoms. The type of lubricant you choose largely depends on the type of condom you’re using, though there is one type of lubricant which is compatible with all condoms.
Latex condoms are the most popular type of condoms, and because they’re made from a natural rubber material you need to be especially careful about which type of lubricant you use with them. You want to avoid all oil-based lubricants when using latex condoms. This includes baby oil, coconut oil and vaseline as the oil can break down the latex causing it to spilt or break, increasing your risk of pregnancy and STIs. Water-based lubricant is the safest option to use with latex condoms, it minimises the chance of the condom splitting and it’s also a lot easier to clean up afterwards.
If you’re using non-latex condoms, then check the back of the box to see what the condoms are made out of. If it’s polyisoprene, a synthetic rubber then you also want to avoid using oil-based lubricants as polyisoprene reacts with oil in the same way that natural latex does, it begins to break down. If you’re using condoms made from polyisoprene, another synthetic material, then you need to use a water-based or silicone-based lubricant. If your chosen condom is made from polyurethane then it’s safe to use oil-based, water-based or silicone-based lubricants. Whilst silicone-based lubricants can last longer than water-based lubricants, they can be irritating for people with sensitive skin and they damage silicone sex toys.
Which lubricant is safe to use with all condoms?
If you’re not sure what your condoms are made out of always choose a water-based lubricant, it’s compatible with all condoms, sex toys and is generally kinder to the body. Water-based lubricant is also less likely to cause infections, unlike oil-based lubricants which can trap bacteria inside and around the genitalia.
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