There have never been more forms of lubricants (also known as lube) widely available, and from so many places including pharmacies, health stores and supermarkets. So it’s a great time to start incorporating it into your sex life! Get ready to rid yourself of any outdated notions you might have about lube by reading on about its many benefits...
1. Lube can be used by anyone, for anything
There’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ lube user. It can and is used by all, regardless of gender, age and sexuality, and can also be used during masturbation. Simply apply it to any part of the body that feels good, or use with a sex toy. Lube can be water-, oil- or silicone-based, so just make sure that you’re using one that’s suitable for you, your partner and any sex toys you use.
2. It can enhance the pleasure
Lube doesn’t have to be a last resort for when things have gone a bit dry – you can use it at any time during sex, and it also comes in different flavors, and can create different sensations like a warming or cooling effect wherever it’s applied. Some lube can help delay ejaculation too. When additional lube is used with a condom, it can also make sex feel more natural. All in all, lube can seriously enhance the pleasure for everyone involved!
3. But if you are feeling a bit dry down there...
Vaginal dryness during sex is common and can happen for many different reasons, including your hormone levels, where you are in your menstrual cycle, how stressed you are and what medication you're on. The natural lubrication levels of the penis can also vary, and dryness in anyone is absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about – so lube up and enjoy the ride! If you do have any concerns then visit a medical professional for advice.
4. It’s ideal for anal sex
Unlike the vagina or penis, the anus often doesn’t provide adequate natural lubrication during sex. So apply lube liberally during foreplay for a relaxing effect, during anal intercourse itself, or while you’re using anal sex toys for a more pleasurable experience all round.
5. It can make sex safer
Lube reduces friction, so lessens your risk of injury during sex. And if you’re using condoms, lube also makes it less likely that it’ll break or fall off, therefore increasing your protection against STIs including HIV. Using the more common latex condoms? Just ensure you’re using a water- or silicone-based lube, as other types may cause the condom to break down. And keep in mind that lube is not a contraceptive, so make sure you’re using the relevant methods of preventing pregnancy. If you’re keen to know more about contraception, find out what some of your options are now.
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