about lubes? Following is a guide on why lubes are a necessity for safe,
|WHAT IS A LUBRICANT?
solution - oil or water based that helps increase motion and cut down on
friction can be considered a lubricant - even just plain water.
WHY DO I NEED
at some time is going to need a lubricant and for some sexual activities
it an absolute MUST. For women, there are times that the body
just does not generate enough vaginal fluid and many things can affect
this - time of the month, stress, recent child birth, antihistamines, decongestants,
menopause, antidepressants, antihypertensives and cardiac agents. All of
these things can contribute to vaginal dryness. Under any of these circumstances
a lubricant will make vaginal penetration more pleasurable. In this age
of safer sex the use of a lubricant on the inside of a condom can make
the sensations delivered to the penis much stronger. Anyone that
is using some adult sexual aid should consider a lubricant because of the
dryness of the materials that adult toys are made from. For anyone engaging
in any kind of anal sex a lubricant is an ABSOLUTE MUST! Without lubrication
severe damage can occur. There is absolutely no reason to feel any
kind of discomfort after sexual activity when applying a lubricant is so
easy but there are several things you need to know. Some lubricants can
be harmful and some just don't work as well as others.
OIL BASED LUBRICANTS
based products have been used as lubricants for a very long time. Things
like Vaseline and baby oil are petroleum based. The first problem is that
they leave a coating on the vaginal wall that is very hard to get rid of
- thus increasing the chance of bacteria and other infections. The second
problem using an oil based lubricant is that the chemicals break down and
destroy latex condoms, dental dams, gloves, diaphrams, cervical caps, sponges,
as well as the protective coatings around some IUDs and any sexual device
made of latex. This can also apply to body oils and creams which are never
very good lubricants because they are absorbed into the skin too fast.
If oil based lubes are your absolute preference just be aware of the limitations.
WATER BASED LUBRICANTS
best all-purpose lubricants are water-based and especially formulated to
be non-irritating. Once again, buying a lubricant is going to come down
to personal preference - some provide light lubrication and some heavy
lubrication. Water-Based lubes use two main ingredients: Water and Glycerin.
Since the main ingredient is water, water-based lubes do tend to dry up
quickly. Make sure to keep a water spray bottle handy to reactivate the
lube when it dries up. If lubricants are going to end up in your mouth
then a flavored lubricant is what you might consider buying. Some flavored
lubricants are for external use only and should not be used inside the
vaginal tract. If you intend to use flavored lubricants during intercourse,
read the ingredients to see if it contains sugar. Sugar can cause infections
inside the vaginal tract. Water-based Lubes clean up with soap and water.
newest lubrication products on the market are silicone based. While they
make a great body lubricant they also appear to cause damage to some silicone
adult toys so your best choice if you are using any silicone products is
to stick with water-based lubricants. Like Water-Based lubes, Silicone-lubes
can be safely used with all condoms. Silicone-Based lubes are excellent
to use because they do not dry up like Water-Based lubes do. Silicone-based
lubes are a bit harder to clean up, but a little extra soap and water does
previously stated "Never Every Try Any Anal Penetration Without Using A
Lubricant". If you are practicing safe sex oil based lubes are out of the
question and you should consider using heavy water based lubricants.
Oil based and Silicone based lubricants can damage adult toys. Either use
a water-based lube or protect your toys with a condom.
is a type of sugar and can cause yeast infections in women who are especially
prone to them. Consider using organic lubricants such as Sensua or Oh!
are many lubricants on the market - once again this is going to come
down to personal preference but always do a sensitivity test on your inner
arm or inner thigh first before using a lubricant for the first time.