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Your guide to choosing personal lubricants

There’s no doubt that lubricants enhance sexual pleasure. But it all depends on the type of lubricant you choose. If you pick up the wrong product, then you can end up spoiling the fun. So, here’s a lowdown on how you must choose a lubricant.

Let’s be honest. No one likes dryness and chaffing during sex; wetter is better. In a perfect world, woman’s natural lubrication is enough to ease penetration and make sex smooth and enjoyable. But, we don’t live in a perfect world. Sex isn’t always as coordinated and comfortable as we imagine. There are times when you’re ready but she’s not quite there or she’s just too dry. This is when sexual lubricants come handy. Lubricants can provide the required wetness, decrease friction and make sex more pleasurable.

Lubes can also be useful for couples of an older age, in which the woman has reached menopause. After menopause, most women experience severe vaginal dryness due to the decreasing level of oestrogen, making intercourse painful. In such cases, lubricants can help ease vaginal dryness, making penetration easier and more comfortable.

But, using the right lube is the key. Yes, lubricants come in many forms and each varies from the other in terms of usage. So, to get the maximum benefits you must know which lubricant you need. Here is a lowdown on different types of lube and their advantages and disadvantages:

Water-based lubricants

These are one of the most commonly used lubricants. Along with water, they usually include ingredients like glycerine, synthetic or vegetable-based propylene glycol to create the slippery texture. Some water-based lubricants also come with additives that can cause a warming and tingling sensation. Such variants are specially designed to help men last longer in bed. K Y Jelly is a popular water-based lube available at ShytoBuy.

The Good:

  • Safe to be used with latex condoms
  • Can also be used with sex toys
  • Easy to clean as skin and mucous membranes will absorb them
  • Odourless and leaves no residue
  • Imitates woman’s natural lubricants perfectly

The Bad:

  • Some contain glycerine, which can cause yeast infections
  • Can’t be used in any act involving water
  • Absorb quickly and hence needs to be reapplied frequently

Oil-based lubricants

Famous within the world of lubricants as stuff you find in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets, oil-based lubes are considered the most unsafe lubricants. Commonly used oil-based lubricants are petroleum jelly, baby oil, olive oil, creams and vitamin E oil. Most sex experts, advice against using oil-based lubes in all cases.

The Good:

  • Natural and organic products like olive-oil don’t cause irritation
  • Recommended only for masturbation

The Bad:

  • Can never be used with latex condoms, diaphragms or sex toys as they can break down the latex
  • Messy and can be difficult to clean up
  • Oil can leave a coating on vagina that increases the risk of bacterial infections

Silicon-based lubricants

These are formulated using silicone-based polymers like dimethicone, dimethiconol and cyclomethicone. Few silicone-based lubricant is also used in pre-lubricated condoms. There are many kinds of silicon-based lubricants available with varying quality and performance.

The Good:

  • Last longer than water-based lubricants
  • Have a very slippery texture
  • Can also be used for sex in and around water
  • Safe with latex condoms, diaphragms and non-silicone sex toys

The Bad:

  • Can be difficult to rinse off the bed linens and body
  • Silicon can cause irritation in some women
  • Not recommended for oral sex

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