Vaginal lubrication often occurs naturally during sexual arousal. But women vary in how much lubrication they produce and the amount of lubrication they need for pleasurable sexual activity – a variation that is completely normal.
Diminished lubrication is very common and can be the result of hormonal changes in a woman’s body during breastfeeding, perimenopause and postmenopause, or caused by medications such as antihistamines, hormonal forms of birth control, chemotherapy and medications for ADHD and depression. Also, a woman may experience reduced lubrication if she is dehydrated or is not fully aroused.
Whether you’re having vaginal sex with a partner or masturbating on your own, adding lubrication can:
- Decrease painful friction in the vagina and/or anus;
- Boost sexual arousal by stimulating the flow of blood to the vulva, which encourages your body to create some of its own lube;
- Lubricate the clitoris to add more sexual pleasure and provide an easier route to orgasm;
- Change taste during oral sex;
- Keep vaginal skin soft and help maintain elasticity of vaginal walls.
When it comes to choosing a lubricant, consider two things – your comfort and your safety. Comfort refers to your pleasure because the amount and staying power of the lubricant can make a difference in how good the sex feels, and whether or not the lubricant irritates your genitals. Safety refers to your health, as oil-based lubricants cannot be used with latex condoms because they can destroy the latex and cause condom failure.
- Water-Based Lubricants with Glycerin: Some of the most commonly sold lubricants are water-based with synthetic glycerin, which produces a slightly sweet taste. Many flavored and warming lubricants contain glycerin. When water-based lubes begin to dry, it’s best to add water or saliva rather than just adding more lube, as the water makes it slippery again. These lubes are typically easy to find, low-cost, safe to use with latex condoms and do not stain fabric.
- Water-Based Lubricants, Without Glycerin: If you experience recurring yeast infections, these are the lubricants to use. They can contain vegetable-derived glycerin, which does not trigger yeast infections. These lubes last longer than lubricants with glycerin, can reduce irritation to the genitals, are safe with latex condoms, do not stain fabric, are usually thicker and provide a cushion and are often recommended for anal play.
- Silicone Lubricants: These typically last the longest of all and are especially recommended for women with chronic vaginal dryness or genital pain. Silicone lubricant is different from the silicone used in breast implants and is not considered dangerous; it cannot penetrate through the skin’s pores. Most silicone lubricants are hypoallergenic. They are safe with latex condoms, stay on underwater, are odorless and tasteless and can last three times as long as water-based lubricants.
- Synthetic Oil-Based Lubricants: These take longer to clear out of your body than natural oils. They are great for external masturbation, low-cost and easily accessible.
- Seaweed-Based Lubricants: Gaining in popularity, these lubes are not only vegan-friendly, but are also paraben- and glycerine-free. If other sex lubricants have given you any type of irritation – or you’re simply unsure about the ingredients in the formulation – give these a try. This type of lubricant feels natural, cool upon application then quickly warms to become indistinguishable from your own natural fluids. As it’s water based, you can enjoy these lubes not only for manual masturbation and during sex with your partner, but also with all your sex toys.
Visit us today to learn more about our complete line of oils and lubes. We’ll be happy to help you decide which is the best choice for you and/or your partner.