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The Different Types of Lube and When to Use Them

By Hannah Hillier

Personal lubricants can be used during masturbation or partner sex. They are typically used to make penetration more comfortable or to ease pain caused by dryness. There are many myths when it comes to using lubricant during sex, the most common one being that if you need lubricant you are not attracted to your partner. This is simply not true. In fact, in a study conducted by Indiana University, 70% of the over 2000 women surveyed said that lube made sex more pleasurable and enjoyable. 

So if you find yourself looking for some lube, there is no reason to feel ashamed, however, there are some things you should know when picking your first bottle of lube. We are going to take a look at the different kinds of lubricants on the market and each of their pros and cons.

Common Types of Lube:

There are many different types of lubes on the market today and they all have benefits and drawbacks. When you start your search for the perfect lube, it is important to read the ingredients so you can avoid some common problems with each kind.

The most common types of lubricants are water-based lubricants, silicone-based lubricants, and oil-based lubricants.

It is also important to note that some lubricants contain a combination of water and oil or water and silicone or other ingredients. That is why it is always important to read the ingredients so you can be sure you are making an educated decision. 

There are also many natural products that can be used as lubricants. Some of these include mineral oil, coconut oil, or saliva. There is less known about these products and how they react with other materials such as latex and silicone. For that reason, it is important to consider the fact that they may cause damage to latex or silicon including latex condoms, latex diaphragms, and silicon or latex sex toys. Some products are marketed as natural personal lubricants. Although they are marketed as all-natural, it is important to read the ingredients because many times they contain non-natural ingredients that can cause damage or infection. Because there is so little research on these natural lubricant options, we recommend avoiding them.

Water-based Lubricants:

There is very little that can go wrong with this lubricant and it is often the most recommended by sex experts. Water-based lubricant effectively reduces friction and increases glide. It is safe to use on silicone and latex, making it safe to use with silicone sex toys and latex condoms or diaphragms. It is also very easy to clean off the skin and other surfaces so you don’t have to worry about it staining your sheets or any other areas you decide to have sex. There are very few downfalls when it comes to water-based lubricant, but like anything thing in life, nothing’s perfect. One common complaint about water-based lubricant is that it becomes sticky fairly quickly, so if you’re planning on having a marathon sex session, you will need to reapply the lubricant pretty often. The downfall of water-based lubricant is that it won’t work if you plan on having sex in the shower or the bath because the water will just wash the lubricant away. Other than that, water-based lubricant is a great option for anyone looking for a little less friction in their life.

Water-based lubricant is an all-around great lubricant, especially if you are trying lubricant for the first time.

We recommend Water-based Personal Lubricant: Yoni Lubricant by Yoni for anyone looking for a great water-based personal lubricant that is scent-free and works great.

Silicone-based Lubricants:

Silicone-based lubricant is another common type of personal lubricant. It has a few more downfalls than water-based lubricant but can be a good option for lubricant users when used properly. If you’ve ever used a silicone sex toy, you know that silicon is a smooth material that does a great job of reducing friction and creating a natural feeling glide. Silicon lubricant is similar. 

Silicone-based lubricant is great for use when having sex in the shower or bath because the water will not wash the lubricant away. It also needs less frequent re-application so it is better for longer sex sessions when frequent re-application can become inconvenient. While silicone-based lubricant is safe for use with latex condoms and diaphragms, it is not safe for use with silicone sex toys or other silicone products. It can break down the silicone on the sex toy which creates cracks that can house bacteria because they are hard to clean. Silicone-based lubricant is also harder to clean off the skin, instead of just being able to wipe clean once you’re done, you’ll need to wash with soap and water to remove the lubricant. They can also stain your sheets and other areas you decide to have sex which is a very common complaint among users. While there may be a time or place for silicone-based lubricants, they are much less versatile than water-based lubricants.

Oil-based Lubricants:

Oil-based lubricants are the final common type of personal lubricant. They are also not as versatile as water-based options, but there may be a time and place for them as well depending on your preferences.

Similar to silicone-based lubricants, oil-based lubricants last longer without re-application so if you are planning a long sex session and prefer to not have to re-apply lubricant, oil-based lubricant might be a good option. They will also work during shower sex because they won’t be washed away in the water. Another thing people who use oil-based lubricant enjoy is that it can be used as massaging oil during foreplay as well as a personal lubricant. Oil-based lubricants are not safe to be used with latex condoms or other latex products. The oil in the lubricant can break down the latex and cause the condom or other latex products to break. This effect has also been seen on non-latex condoms. Oil-based lubricants are also very hard to clean, that includes from your body and your sheets and other surfaces. It is common for it to stain sheets and other surfaces. Finally, some studies have found the use of oil-based lubricants can lead to more frequent vaginal infections. If you decide to use an oil-based lubricant, make sure you are prepared and know what is safe to use with them, and what is not.

Conclusion:

There is no one lubricant that works for everyone, we each have our preferences, which is okay. While water-based lubricants are more versatile, silicone-based and oil-based lubricants serve a purpose as well. The most important thing is to know which ingredients are compatible with which materials so you don’t damage anything. When in doubt, it is always best to choose a water-based lubricant as it is compatible with the most materials and is the least likely to create problems. Check out our website to find a water-based lubricant that works for you.

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