When it comes to physics, friction is great for things like avoiding slipping down the stairs, or stopping at red lights, but not so great for your sex life. The good news is that you don’t have to deal with friction during penetration with the help of your trusty lube. Today we’re sharing information regarding how to use lube in bed to make things a little (or a lot) better.
If you’ve ever had questions about lube, you’re not the only one who has been confused about how to use it in bed, or what it even is. Lube, or lubricant, is a liquid product that is used for sexual activity to make sex more comfortable by reducing friction.
Using lube during sex decreases friction for various types of sexual activity including masturbation, anal sex, vaginal sex, oral sex, or sex with sex toys. We recommend using lube for any type of sex, especially if penetration is involved, because it can prevent condom breakage and allow you and your partner to move easier and faster.
When it comes to lube, the biggest misunderstanding is that there needs to be something wrong with you in order to need it. Another common misconception is that it’s only for people with vaginas who aren’t aroused enough. But lube can be used for a variety of reasons, including the simple fact that it can increase pleasure for all parties involved.
How to Use Lube in Bed
Simply dab a dime- or quarter-sized amount to whatever area of the body you are about to be penetrating or stimulating and add more as needed. You will know if you need more lube if you feel uncomfortable friction during penetration.
There are four kinds of lube: water-based, silicone-based, hybrids, and oil-based. Each has pros and cons, so it’s important to figure out which type is right for you.
Water-based lube typically has water and glycerin as the first and second ingredients, which washes off easily but tends to dry quickly. It is frequently recommended to use this type of lube in bed because it’s most compatible with bodies because they are also water-based. They are pretty much the most versatile of the lubes, and they can be used with any type of sexual activity, including sex toy use, and they’re safe to use with condoms, and easy on the skin.
This type has a slippery, oil-like texture, is safe to use with condoms, and is more difficult to wash off than water-based lube but doesn’t dry out as fast. Most people like silicone for its smooth, slick texture and ability to last for a while. The main thing to remember about silicone-based lubes is that you shouldn’t use them on sex toys, because the silicone in the lube can break down and cause cracks in your toys. These cracks could then harbor bacteria and put you at risk for infections.
For those who want a more natural product with only one or two ingredients, oil-based lubes are a great fit. For those who are prone to bacterial infections, oil-based lubes are not recommended because they can linger in the body and cause a build-up of bacteria. They are used for sexual activity, but they can stain sheets and break down condoms. They’re a good choice for those who want a more natural lube during sex, but they aren’t safe for use with condoms.
Products like Vaseline or Crisco, or anything else that comes in a solid should not be used as lube in bed. These products can break down condoms and retain bacteria because the body doesn’t flush them out on its own, which makes infection a risk.
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