Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different types of lubricants available?
- Water-based lubricants are the most common type of lubricant. They are made with water and a small amount of a thickener, such as glycerin or propylene glycol. Water-based lubricants are easy to clean up, compatible with latex condoms, and hypoallergenic. However, they can be less slippery than other types of lubricants, and they can dry out quickly. If you are sensitive to certain ingredients, then a water-based lubricant might be the best product to choose.
- Silicone-based lubricants are made with silicone oil. They are very slippery and long-lasting, and they do not dry out as quickly as water-based lubricants. Silicone-based lubricants are also compatible with latex condoms, but they can be difficult to clean up.
- Oil-based lubricants are made with vegetable oils, mineral oils, or petroleum jelly. They are very slippery and long-lasting, but they are not compatible with latex condoms. Oil-based lubricants can also be difficult to clean up, and they can stain fabrics.
Why use a lubricant?
- Reduce friction. Lubricants can help to reduce friction during sexual activity, which can make it more comfortable and pleasurable. This is especially important for people who experience vaginal dryness or other conditions that can cause friction.
- Increase pleasure. Lubricants can also help to increase pleasure during sexual activity. This is because they can make the skin feel more sensitive and can help to create a more slippery surface.
- Prevent pain. Lubricants can help to prevent pain during sexual activity, especially for people who experience pain during penetration like women going through the menopause or who have vaginal dryness.
- Make sex safer. Lubricants can help to make sex safer by reducing the risk of condom breakage. This is important for people who are using condoms to prevent STIs or pregnancy.
Are lubricants safe to use?
- Lubricants are generally safe to use, but it is important to read the label carefully before using any lubricant. Some lubricants may contain ingredients that can irritate the skin or cause allergic reactions.
- If you experience any discomfort or irritation after using a lubricant, stop using it and consult with a healthcare professional.
- Do not use lubricants that have expired. Expired lubricants may not be effective and could potentially cause health problems.
How do you use lubricant?
- Apply the lubricant liberally. You don't need to be stingy with lubricant. The more you use, the better it will work.
- Apply the lubricant to both partners. This will help to ensure that both partners are comfortable and that the lubricant stays where it needs to be.
- Reapply the lubricant as needed. Lubricant can dry out quickly (especially water-based ones), so it is important to reapply it as needed.
- Store lubricants properly. Lubricants should be stored in a cool, dry place. Do not store them in direct sunlight or near heat sources.
Overwhelmed by choice? Here's a helpful summary of the types of lubes available:
|Vegetable oil, mineral oil, petroleum jelly