Know Your Sex Lubes
Everyone should know that all sex lubricants are not made alike, but if you’re reading this, maybe you just asked yourself, “really?” Yes, really. Sex lubes come in water, oil, or petroleum/silicone based versions.
The best is water based lubes because it is safe to use with condoms because oil and petroleum based lubes can cause latex condoms to break down. Water based lubes can be easily washed away as well. Studies have shown that non water based lubes can increase your chance at infection with silicone based lube since it is harder to wash off. Another proof water based lubes is one of the best is that it won’t stain your precious 800 thread count sheets or bedding. Finally, if you’re prone to yeast infections, a water based lube made without glycerine is for you. WIN!
Though oil based lubricants do break down latex condoms, it is safe to use with condoms made of polyurethane. If you or your partner are of the eco-friendly-save-the-planet-people-and-animals type, oil based lubricants are probably for you. Mother Nature has given your kitchen plenty of lubricants that you cook with on a daily basis. The natural oils like vegetable, corn, olive oil, etc are safe to eat so it’s said if you can eat it, it’s good for sex. But don’t use oil based lubricants on anything you hold near and dear. It will stain. Maybe you don’t trust Mother Nature and her natural lubricants and you prefer a synthetic oil based lubricant, just be aware that synthetic is great for external male masturbation but not so great for the female vulva as it will more than likely irritate that highly sensitive area.
Silicone lubricants were made with women in mind, especially those with chronic vaginal dryness or genital pain. Silicone lubes are safe to use with latex condoms; it stays on if you’re having some hot tub love, and last longer than water-based lubricants. The down side is that silicone lubricants should not be used with silicone sex toys because they deteriorate the softer toy, but it’s a-okay to use with harder sex toys made out of hard plastic, aluminium, ceramic, and so on.
Now that you’re armed with the knowledge of what different types of lubes and their uses, grab your favourite lube (or new favourite lube) and your partner and have some fun.