How-to Choose a Lubricant

How-to Choose a Lubricant
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Posted: 04-26-2012 08:15:57 PM
  • There are so many lubricants out there these days how is someone supposed to know how to pick a lube?  In this article we discuss the ins and outs of choosing a lubricant.

  • Most people don’t consider lubricant as their first stop when they think about spicing up their sex life, but why not? It’s relatively inexpensive, and it can be used for a multitude of sexual acts! Lubricant can help your body go longer when you want to, and it can add a fruit-flavored twist to oral sex if you wish. Lubricant can make anal sex possible, and it can add a warm tingling during intercourse. Lubricant is easy to hide, and for quickies and other fast-paced sex, it can be a necessity.


  • Choosing a lubricant isn’t difficult, but be forewarned that there are huge variances in brands and in specific lubricants. You may have to experiment a bit before you find that perfect lubricant for your own body, and you may end up with different bottles of lubricant for different uses. For example, you might want something that’s slightly sticky for male masturbation use because the friction is pleasurable, but for anal use, you might want a very slick silicone lubricant that makes things glide wonderfully. Lubricant is a wonderful thing, so here are some tips to help you find the perfect lubricant for you!


  • Step 1: Will you use it with condoms? If your lubricant is going to be used with condoms, you’ll want to make sure that your lubricant will not degrade latex. Most silicone-based lubricants are safe for condom use, and all water-based lubricants are, but no oil-based lubricants can be used with condoms. This includes households lubricants like Vaseline as well as massage oils.


  • Step 2: Will it go near the vagina? The second step, always, will be to determine if this lubricant will go near a vagina. The vagina has delicate tissue, and because of that, oil-based lubricants cannot be used near it. Along with that, some people find that glycerin or parabens can irritate the vagina, so be aware of your or your partner’s sensitivities before purchasing. Many lubricant brands like System JO and Pink make hypoallergenic lubricants to work for those with lubricant sensitivities.


  • Step 3: Will it go near silicone sex toys? If your lubricant will be going near silicone sex toys, oil-based lubricants and silicone-based lubricants cannot be used – if you plan on using your lubricant with silicone sex toys, you must pick a water-based lubricant. Water-based lubricants can vary in thickness, so you don’t have to sacrifice your favorite thin, silky silicone lubricant just for your silicone sex toys. You just need to hunt around until you find the perfect water-based lubricant consistency for you.


  • Step 4: How quick would you like your clean-up? Depending on how much time you’re willing to spend on clean-up, you’ll have different lubricants available. Silicone-based lubricants, because they’re very silky and water-resistant, do require a good scrubbing with soap and water to remove while, many times, water-based lubricant can be removed with a couple wet body wipes. If the ease of clean-up is important to you, you’ll want to keep this in mind when choosing your lubricant.


  • Step 5: Do you want special features? Some lubricants come with special ingredients intended to produce a warming or cooling sensation. Is that something that sounds pleasurable to you? Some lubricants also come in delicious flavors like strawberry, chocolate, banana, and many others. If you’re planning on using your lubricant for oral use, these flavors could make a huge difference in your enjoyment.


  • Step 6: What about your bottle? Many lubricants are offered in differently sized and differently-topped bottles. If this is your first time trying a lubricant, you may want to opt for a small bottle or, if possible, a small sample size packet of the lubricant (Though a single-use packet may not be enough for you to get a good opinion of the personal lubricant). If you know you already will like the lubricant, like most products, you can usually save money if you purchase in a larger bottle. However, keep in mind storage concerns like where you’ll keep it as well as if travel regulations if you plan on taking this traveling with you.


  • Step 7: Now that you’ve narrowed down your choices and bottles, pick out one of the lubricants that will work best for your budget and your body! Enjoy your new slippery friend!


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