15 Facts About Personal Lubricant

June 24, 2015  |  
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Want to know what lubricant is best for what act, potential allergens that could be in your lubricant, and more? Not all lube is created equal! Here are 15 facts about personal lubricant you should know.

The most common type of lube?

Most lubricants today are water-based and these cause the least amount of allergic reactions and irritations in women.

The most authentic?

Some lubricants are specifically designed for couples trying to become pregnant and are made to feel nearly identical to actual natural female lubrication.

Oil-based lubricants and pleasure

Oil based lubricants are better for male pleasure than for women. This lube lasts longer, which is important for men since they don’t create their own natural lubrication, like women.

What about shower sex?

The best lubricant for shower sex is going to be a silicon-based one—it won’t wash away in the water.

Oil-based lubricants and latex condoms

Some people prefer oil-based lubricants because they’re a bit less slippery than others; however they can cause latex condoms to tear.

So how do you use oil based lubricants?

If you want to use this more natural feeling lubricant, be sure to use polyurethane condoms as these are far less likely to tear.

The most condom-safe lubricant

If you want to be sure the lubricant you’re using will work with almost any type of condom you have on hand, go with a silicon-based lube. These are compatible with most condoms’ materials.

Oil-based lubricants and pregnancy

If you are trying to become pregnant, avoid oil-based lubricants during intercourse. The FDA does not control these and they can become oxidated over time on the shelf. That oxidation can harm an embryo.

Warming lubricants: dosage

When applied to the outside of a condom, these can really heighten the sensation for women. But any more than about a dime-size might be overwhelming and feel too hot.

Common irritants

If you have sensitive skin, avoid lubricants that contain propylene glycol or chlorhexidine, as these are known irritants.

Flavored lubricants and your diet

Your diet might be the last thing you want to think about when you’re getting it on, but many flavored lubricants contain tons of sugar so make sure to grab a sugar-free variety. Even if you’re not watching your diet, too much sugar can lead to yeast infections.

Natural and organic lubricants

They exist! And the more natural (aka fewer additives involved) a lubricant is, the less likely you are to have an allergic reaction to it or suffer irritation. Some even contain antibacterial and antifungal properties, like this one on Huffingtonpost.com.

Which one does Playboy recommend?

The sex empire votes Firefly Organics Intimate Botanical Moisturizing Cream best personal lubricant. Even gynecologists like the stuff too.


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