Many people use lubricant as it’s one of the best accessories for sex you can enjoy. It remains a topic that people don’t talk about but finding the right lube can greatly benefit your sex life as it reduces friction, makes sex easier and therefore, more enjoyable for many people. It’s simple to use and here some things to know about to get the most out of it:
Choosing the right lube for the sex you want to have
Using it is easy, finding the right one is a little trickier. Here are some tips:
- For those prone to yeast infections, don’t use silicone lubricants or those containing glycerine.
- For those with sensitive skin or allergies, don’t use anything that contains paraben.
- Avoid using a silicone lubricant with a silicone sex toy or they could suffer damage.
- Avoid using oil-based products with condoms or the condoms could break down.
- If you’re unsure, you can always buy a sample first and test it on your wrist or inner thigh for any reaction.
- Remember that lubricant cannot protect you from pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection. If you’re concerned, you should get yourself checked with London Home STI kits from Bexley Home STI kits
Using lube for the first time
You only need a little bit as it goes quite a long way. Try a coin-sized amount in the palm of your hand to begin with, rubbing your hands together to make it warmer. Place it where you want to use it and notice how different it feels to not using lubricant. If it’s water-based, see how long it takes to dry so you know when you need to re-apply.
Where can I put it?
You can put it on your body and anything else you use during sex, such as fingers, sex toys or your partner’s body. It can be used for both vaginal and anal intercourse, working best when both parties have used some.
What about lube and condoms?
When using male condoms, a tiny drop can be placed on the tip of the penis before rolling on the condom. However, overdoing it could result in the condom slipping off during intercourse. Alternatively, a silicone or water-based lube can be applied to the outside of the condom.
Expiry dates matter
Lubricants do expire so you should always check the expiration date and remember that it refers to the shelf life of the product when it’s unopened. If you’re using an old, expired tube, you could be leaving yourself at risk of infection so make sure you keep your lube up to date.
Does it stain bedding?
The majority of water-based lubricants won’t stain the sheets but that’s ot a guarantee. If in doubt, exercise caution and lay down a big towel. Oil-based or silicone-based lubricants will often stain sheets, but you might be able to find advice online about how to remove silicone stains from sheets.