The best Lube for Sex!
Here are the best types of lube to use with your partner.
We all know that most of the time it is best that we use lube with our partners. It can make things feel more comfortable and enjoyable for you and your partner. It can help you have more fun with one another and get up to more freaky things in the bedroom together.
. There are three different types of lube...
1. Lube comes in a sweetshop of flavours (or none), but follow your eye before your mouth. First, look for 'pH balanced'. Without this, you risk disrupting the natural bacteria in your vagina, which is like WhatsApping thrush and asking it to join. Then, pick your blend. "Lubricant is typically categorised by the key ingredient in its formula," Water-based - most like your natural wetness Good for? "Being mild, and safe to use with all sex toys and contraceptives."
Bad for? Drying out mid-use due to air exposure or the water in it being absorbed (safely) by your body. Reapply or reactivate with water.
Oil-based - the least messy
Good for? Stamina. "Thicker than water-based, it lasts longer, so you enjoy sex for longer."
Bad for? Condoms. "Oil-based is NOT compatible with latex condoms." Avoid oil-based substances like Vaseline and baby oil (not vadge-friendly).
Silicone-based - the slipperiest (and waterproof)
Good for? "Use in water and lasting ages." A little goes a long way.
Bad for? Your shower floor during sex, which turns you into Bambi on ice. May also stain bed sheets, and can damage silicone sex toys, leaving them feeling tacky.
2. There's a super-simple lube/condom code- Latex condoms can't handle oil-based lubricants.
Non-latex condoms (i.e. Durex Latex Free) are suitable with all types of lubricant.
3. Lube can free you from cystitis curse
Mainlining cranberry juice? "Lubricants can reduce the incidence of cystitis and UTIs," confirms Evans. "Having frequent or vigorous sex can cause the bladder to become inflamed, promoting infection. Lack of vaginal lubrication can irritate the vagina, vulva and urethra, leading to 'honeymoon cystitis'." Minimise irritation by slipping onto something more comfortable.
4. Lube can help with thrush (but read the ingredients first)
On one hand, lube is great for giving the dreaded thrush the boot. "The friction during quickies or rough sex encourages heat and small grazes to the walls of the vagina. These encourage bacterial growth, leading to thrush," explains Evans. Cut friction and you stop micro-tears, leaving a happier V-zone.
However, artificial ingredients in some lubes were not built with crotch sanity in mind. "Your vagina and clitoris are highly absorbent," says Evans. "Parabens, petroleum-based ingredients (found in petroleum jelly), glycerin and glucose can promote yeast infections and leave your vagina feeling itchy, sore and uncomfortable." If you're prone to sensitivity, give dyes a wide berth too, and look for natural flavourings, not artificial ones (often full of thrush-spawning sugars like glycerine or glycol).
5. Tingling lubes aren't worth the hype...
"Some people love them, others hate them, but we never recommend them," says Evans. Why? Because they can include substances never designed for genitals, like - brace yourself - menthol and chilli. GAH. "Always try a small amount first. If you experience burning, stinging or itching, wash it off immediately."
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