Wonder if lubes will work for you? Read on to find out.
If you are contemplating using lubricants and also desire a safe and pleasurable sexual experience then, here’s what you need to know about lubes, their kinds and associated pros and cons.
Lubes or lubricants are the products that significantly elevate the pleasure of sex by making movements smoother. Besides, they are quite effective in reducing the friction and eliminating any kind of irritation. However, few of the lubricants can be availed in forms that are similar to ***spermicides*** but they offer zero ***contraceptive*** protection.
Exploring various kinds of lubricants
These are three essential types of lubricants available in the market:
Use a fresh lube and condom every time you have sex.
Adequate lubricant is must for safer sex.
- Water based lubes: these are the only kind of lubricants that are safest to be used with the latex condoms. They are highly popular and can be availed in two specific types - with or without glycerin which is a slightly sweet tasting substance.
- Petroleum based or natural oil lubes: these are integrated with mineral, vegetable or baby oils, Vaseline or cold creams.
- Silicone based lubricants: these are waterproof and so they can be used in Jacuzzi or bath too.
Understand your lubes before you use them
Before deciding to use lubricants, it is best to understand both advantages and disadvantages associated with them.
Advantages of using lubricants:
- Using lubes prevents any tiny tears in the wall of the vagina during high energy or high friction intercourse.
- This prevents risk of infections or injury to both partners.
- The water based lubes are considered the best option as they neither cause latex deterioration, nor create any kind of irritation.
- The oil based lubricants can safely be used with the polyurethane condoms.
- However, the silicone based lubricants are widely accepted since they do not get easily absorbed into the body and at the same time they do not rub off quickly as compared to water based lubes.
Disadvantages of using lubricants:
- The oil based lubes have the tendency to leave a coating behind, which could lead to the increase in the risk of bacterial infections.
- Oil based lubes can also not be used with latex condoms since they cause disintegration of the latex and could cause irritation as well as increase the risk of ***STD***.
- In case of the water based lubes, it is best to avoid glycerin enriched ones as they can at times encourage growth of vaginal yeast infections.
- Silicone based lubes due to their synthetic nature can cause vaginal irritation in some hypersensitive women.
Tips while using lubrication
You can use the water and silicone based lubes with latex condoms and oil based lubricants with the polyurethane condoms.
These lubes if used appropriately with the right condoms, can significantly reduce your vulnerability to sexually transmitted infections, (***STI***).