Using intimate lubricant is quite common, but we do not always give it the attention it deserves given how close it gets to our reproductive system. We’ve listed 5 facts worthy of your attention when it comes to lubricant.
1- Lubricant truly is a skin care product!
If we are mindful of the type of product we put on our face, it makes sense to be equally demanding on what goes on our most sensitive skin. Vulva and vagina have a very sensitive membrane, that deserves gentle consideration. Most of us use lubricant for comfort, to alleviate discomfort or pain. Lubricant protects our external or internal tissues from the irritation, tearing and abrasion causes by skin friction and rapid movement. It increases slipperiness and making movements more fluid, lube prevents friction effects on the most sensitive skin.
2- It has to be chosen carefully
Fluids get absorbed by the vaginal mucous membrane, and many lubricants contain harmful ingredients. Some can cause vaginal irritation or infection. So you really want to know what is in your lubricant! We’ve sum it up for you:
3- Most lubricants contain parabens as preservatives
Parabens can cause irritation, and allergies. There is also some concern on their capacity to mimic oestrogen and to be absorbed, and stored by our body. So be on the safe side, better choose a paraben-free lubricant! In general, it is worth checking the ingredient list of the lubricant you use. You might be surprised by what you find, and again, given that it gets in our body and close to our reproductive system, we have good reasons to be picky!
4- Hygiene first!
Oil-based lubricants have more chances to remain longer in the body, increasing risk of infection, and they cannot be used with condoms. Silicone lubricants are quite popular for anal sex as they last long, but they are not safe to use with silicone vibrators.
Water-based lubricants are the most recommended by gynaecologists. Indeed, water-based lubes are easy to wash-off, available without some of the potentially harmful ingredients, gentle on the skin and safe to use with condoms and with intimate massagers.
5- Pleasure boost…
The main reason to use lubricant is to alleviate pain, and it is indeed necessary to have an enjoyable sexual moment. But even if you don’t experience vaginal dryness, studies have shown that using a lubricant can make sex all the more enjoyable.
We don’t always think about it for outercourse – caress, mutual masturbation,…-, but using lubricant makes the touch friction-free. If you’re using a vibrator, lubing it up with water-based lubricant can really enhance the whole experience. As for penetration, extra-smoothness can allow you to experience faster or deeper stimulation. Check our creative tips!
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