Your Basic Guide to Water-Based Lube

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Your Basic Guide to Water-Based Lube

Water-based lubricants can be used to really enhance your sexual experience. Whether you are enjoying some self-love or enjoying time with others, you may wish to try experimenting with some lubricants. 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 water-based lubricants.

Benefits of Water-Based Lube

One of the best things about water-based lubes is that they are safe to use with barriers, such as condoms or dental dams. They won't cause the latex to begin to break down or cause weak spots. You can enjoy some sexy time while ensuring that your method of birth control and STI prevention are perfectly intact.

Water-based lubes are also safe to use with the majority of sex toys. Good quality sex toys can be quite pricey, so you want to make sure that you're not ruining your nice new toy. Always be sure to check the box, or instructions, included with your toy. There will often be a guide to what lubricants are recommended and safe to use with the toy.

The major benefit of water-based lube is that the clean up after using it is the easiest. Since it is water-based, clean up usually just requires some warm water and perhaps some soap. You don't have to worry about stains with water-based lubes, as they will just eventually evaporate.

Drawbacks of Water-Based Lube

So it sounds like water-based lube is pretty great right? What cons could there be? Well, one of the largest issues people have with this kind of lubricant is that it tends to evaporate much faster. It will need to be reapplied more frequently, depending on how long the activities are going on. Stopping to reapply lube at the wrong moment can really spoil the flow of activities. You can reduce this potential awkwardness by placing your bottle at a convenient and easy to reach the location to your fun. It can also help to have the lube in a container that makes dispensing it easier.

Another potential issue with this type of lube is that there are many water-based lubes on the market that contain glycerin or other petrochemicals that can cause vaginal infections. These ingredients are added to increase the shelf life of the lubricant, but it's important that you check the label. Try to choose lubes using more natural ingredients. Any lube with a "warming" sensation is going to contain more chemicals. If you do choose a lube that has glycerin or other petrochemicals in it, ensure that clean up happens quickly after the activities are over. The quicker you clean up with warm water, the less likely an infection will occur.

Take the Time to Learn What You Like

Trying out some water-based lube can be an easy attempt to try something new. There is nothing wrong with trying some simple experimentation to your usual routine. Sometimes it can lead you to discover new forms of pleasure you hadn't thought of. Experimenting can be a bit anxiety-provoking for lots of people. If this describes you, that's okay. You set the terms for how much you try, how quickly, and in what order. Taking steps to improve your sex life is taking the time to try new things and discover what you like and what you don't like. As you become more aware of your own preferences, you will relax more and heighten your enjoyment. Keep your learning at a comfortable pace, but keep on learning.

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Teela Hudak
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