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Guide to Oil-Based Lube

by Teela Hudak 4 months ago in advice

Should you use it & what do you need to know?

Guide to Oil-Based Lube

Oil-based lube is another way you can increase your sexual pleasure. It can be used if you are with someone or just enjoying some time masturbating. Our bodies produce much of their own lubricants. Saliva is a free and readily available lube. Vulvae also produce their own lubrication. With the body’s natural ability to produce lubrication, why would we want to use a manufactured lube? It can be helpful for anal sex or if a person wants some extra stimulation to help the natural lubrication flowing.

How do you know what lubricant to choose though? There are a few different types of lubes: water, oil, and silicon. With each type, there are a variety of options available but each type has its pros and cons. In this article, we will be going over save basics about oil-based lubricants.

Benefits of Oil-Based Lube

One of the best things about oil-based lubes is that you only need a small amount and it tends to last quite a long time. You don't have to re-apply it often. A bottle of oil-based lube will last you for quite a while. They make everything feel very silky and smooth. There is also less of a chance of an allergic reaction or skin irritation because they are made mostly from synthetic substances.

Another great thing about it is that it works well in water. The water will hit the oiled area and bead up and roll off. It won't easily wash away and help you and your partner maintain the right level of lubrication to keep it pleasurable.

Oil-based lubes tend to have a thicker consistency and this can make them ideal for any sexual activity that involves anal play. Whether having anal intercourse or using anal toys, oil-based lubricants may be more effective, providing you are using the correct toys for the oil.

Oil-based lubes can also be used effectively in foreplay. They are great for massages or when hands are just being used. They are also really effective for stimulating other non-genital erogenous areas, such as nipples.

Drawbacks of Oil-Based Lubes

One of the most important things to know about oil-based lubes is that they can't be used with anything that is latex. This means latex gloves, dental dams, condoms, or toys. The oils in the lube will eat away at the latex and cause it to break down. It will cause condoms to break during intercourse and destroy any toys.

Another thing to be aware of is that oil-based lubes can easily cause stains that can be difficult to get out. If you are using them, it's probably a good idea to put down a towel or blanket that you don't care if it happens to get stained.

If you plan on using oil-based lubes you also must be extra meticulous about personal hygiene. Oil tends to clog up the pores. This can cause all kinds of irritation as well as preventing clean air getting to the sensitive skin of the genitals. The vaginal canal can be particularly prone to infection-causing bacteria that can build up on oil-based lubes left behind after play and improper cleaning. Be sure to clean well with soap and water after using oil-based lubes.

If you plan on using oil-based lubes for any kind of anal play, clean up is extra important. Anal tissue already is exposed to a lot of bacteria and oil-based lubes can leave behind a thin film that can collect infection-causing bacteria. If this area is not properly cleaned, bad bacteria will be given the perfect environment to thrive into an infection. With proper cleaning and care, this won't happen.

Experiment With Oil-Based Lubes

One of the best ways to learn what you like is to find out more about it and then experiment with your partner. As you have more experiences, you will come to learn what works for you and what doesn't. It's important to keep educating yourself through the process. Doing this can help you avoid common mistakes and figure out some of the best practices.

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Teela Hudak
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