Lube flies off the shelf more than any sex toy. Now if you are wondering whether you might need a lubricant, the answer is probably yes. Lubricants can help your body feel ready for sex with no lag time in between. The big question here is which type is best?
Great tasting, sugar free Flavoured Lubricants
Flavoured lubricants can be a fun way to introduce oral sex to a partner who might be a little hesitant, just ensure it’s a great-tasting, sugar-free formula (important note for women and men with diabetes). Many flavoured lubricants can contain sugar. They are not recommended for use in the vagina or rectum; they should be used for external use only, like for oral sex. Oil-Based Lubricants Oil based lube is not recommended for the use on sex toys, novelties, or diaphragms & condoms. The oil will break down latex and rubber. However, they are safe to use with polyurethane condoms. Most experts conclude that oil-based lubricants are typically best for male use and not ideal for the vagina.
Water based Lubricants
Water based lubricants are regarded as the safest form of lubricant. In fact, water based lubricants are the only type of lube that is recommended by doctors and are also given away at free clinics. They are extremely easy to wash off and out of your body. There are three basic types of ingredients that you will need to be aware of. While there have been no scientific conclusions either way, most educated individuals at sex stores and in the health industry would advise anyone that is prone to getting a yeast infection to avoid lubricants that have glycerine. Glycerine is known to be very sweet and this property can become a source of energy for the yeast that naturally occurs in the vaginal canal. Antiseptics and Preservatives.
While trying to determine what is or isn’t an antiseptic or preservative, there is an easy rule of thumb to remember. Avoid ingredients that end in “parabens”. It is not uncommon for people to have an allergic reaction to some of these ingredients. Miscellaneous Extras. Many water based lubricants have additional ingredients to enhance the aroma, create a “warming sensations”, or even alter the taste. While these ingredients are rarely harmful, if you have a specific allergy it is best to keep a keen eye on them.
You’ve probably seen magazine or TV ads for lubricant products that promise to add a warming sensation during sex. These products can help to addsensation during sex, particularly when used on the outside of a condom,” but use sparingly. A dime-size amount is plenty for many women as our genitals are more sensitive than men's, the warming sensation can be a bit much for women with sensitive skin. Organic Lubricants “Organic,” “all natural,” even “eco-friendly” and “green.” You may have seen this type of labelling on lubricants at the chemist. But do you need your lubricant to be truly “natural”? The more natural the product, and the fewer additives it will contain and the less likely you’ll have a reaction to it.
Silicone based Lubricants
Silicone-based lubricants are not absorbed by skin or mucus membranes, and consequently last longer than water-based lubricants. Silicone is a synthetic substance. A silicone lubricant may be difficult to wash off your body, clothes, or sheets since they are water-resistant. Those with sensitive skin may especially want to consider them; they typically do not cause allergic reactions or skin irritations. These personal lubricants are more expensive than water-based options. Silicone-based lubricants are usually not recommended for use with sex toys or other products that are made from silicone because the formula will usually dissolve the surface making it sticky and excess may cause disintegration of the item over time. In most cases a warning is listed on the product label. At least one manufacturer claims their silicone-based lubricant is safe for use with silicone products.
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