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Sexologist Dr Sanjay Kumavat Shares 8 Things You Need To Know To Buy The Right Lube For Sex

1. There are mainly 3 types of lubes in the market: Water, Silicone & Oil-Based

3 Types of LubeWater-based lubricants: Containing glycerin are popular – Silicon-based lubricants: They last longer than water-based lubricants, making them a good option for people with severe vaginal dryness or a history of pain during sex – Oil-based lubricants: Edible oils such as kitchen oil are readily available. Synthetic oil-based lubricants such as mineral-based and petroleum jelly can work but could irritate the vulva

2. If sex is painful for you, lube can be a great solution

Men and women get an increased sense of pleasure following lubrication of the inner tissue of the vagina. In ageing women, a decrease in estrogen levels leads to fewer moisturizing secretions and can make the vagina feel dry. When natural lubrication is not sufficient, one should go for artificial lube to make sexual life more comfortable. Here are a few benefits: – The use of lube minimizes the feeling of soreness or irritation – Helps women with long-standing vaginal dryness due to menopausal or following medical issues like Vaginal Atrophy

3. Each type of lube has its own pros and cons

Water-Based Lubricants Pros: – Can be useful in penetrative sex with or without a condom – Can be used with silicon toys – Can be used with silicon dilatory and vaginal weights – It can be useful for people who have sensitive vulvas and or vaginal walls, and experienced irritation with it Silicon-Based Lubricants Pros: – Can be useful in penetrative sex with or without a condom – Useful for non-silicon dilator or vaginal weight usage Oil-Based Lubricants Pros: – It can be used for unprotected penetrative sex (no condom) – Useful for non-latex sex toy usage – Useful for non-latex dilator or vaginal weight usage (glass) – Beneficial for people who have sensitive vulvas or vaginas, and don’t like water-based lubes

4. Natural lubricants do work for some people

Some of the natural lubes are: – Coconut oil with no glycerin or alcohol in it – Peanut oil has less viscosity than some of the other products – Vitamin oil for topical applications for some women suffering from dryness, particularly related to menopause in origin – Aloe vera has slippery, soothing properties and can even help prevent yeast infection as opposed to the likelihood of getting one – Vaseline or petroleum jelly helps in softening skin – Unsweetened yoghurt can be used for lubricating effects

5. Vaginal lubes are recommended for women when their body isn’t lubricating naturally during foreplay

If you are dealing with dryness of the vagina then stick with water-based lubricants. Start lubrication by lube during foreplay or masturbation only. The deal is to start with a small amount and gradually increase the amount of a lubricant to allow the body to get adjusted with the lube. Any kind of soreness and or itching may indicate vaginal sensitivity or allergy and may necessitate the need to switch over to another brand. The safest lubes are estrogen-based creams which can also be used.

6. Lubes can make oral and anal sex more fun

Personal lubrication is recommended for anal sex since the anal canal does not produce fluids that can help ease penetration. Moreover, a tight muscular sphincter at the entrance of the anus offers more resistance than the vagina, which is full of folds and stretchable tissue. Using a water-based lubricant decreases the chances of condom breakage while having anal sex. In contrast to oil-based lubricants or saliva, the chances of condom breakage during sex are higher.

7. Read the label and check the ingredients before buying lubricants for sex

In general, avoid any lubricant that contains any artificial flavours, colours, sugars, essential oils, additional additives, or glycerin – you never know how you’ll react to these additives. Especially, if it is your first time using a lubricant, then those extra features like warming or tingling can be more overwhelming than expected. Also, just because a product is natural does not necessarily mean it’s better for you. Check the ingredients list, read product reviews, or ask an expert.

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