Lubricant, or lube, increases pleasure for girls and guys, making sex more comfortable and enjoyable. Lube is used to decrease friction, which means sex with lube won’t be dry and uncomfortable.
There are 3 main types of lube:
Water-based lubes are the most common. They are slippery, and need to be reapplied regularly. Water-based lubes can be used with sex toys, condoms and diaphragms. Try to avoid water-based lubes that contain glycerin, as this ingredient can cause yeast infections for some people.
Silicone-based lubes can be used in water (showers, swimming pools, etc.). However, never use silicone-based lubes with silicone sex toys. This will cause the toy to break down. Silicone-based lubes don’t need to be reapplied as often as water-based lubes.
These include baby oil, massage oil, coconut oil, etc. These lubes can be a good choice for masturbation, but don’t use oil-based lubes if you’re using condoms. Make sure you only use water-based lube with condoms. Anything oil-based will weaken the latex and may lead to rips and tears in the condom.
Take Home Tips:
- Put a few drops of water-based lube on your condom, as this can enhance pleasure.
- Silicone-based lubes and silicone sex toys don’t mix.
- Flavoured lubes can make sex even sweeter.
For more info ring 1800 451 624 between 9am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday to talk to a sexual health nurse. It’s confidential and free if you call from a landline.
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