Personal Lubricants and Their Usage Benefits

A woman's natural lubrication can vary due to a number of factors including stress, birth control pills, other medications, and menopause.  A personal lubricant will increase the lubrication making penetration and also masturbation more pleasurable, instead of painful.  Utilizing a personal lubricant can also make condoms for reliable and add sensation 
during intercourse.  Studies show that not using a personal lubricant with a condom is the number one reason why condoms do break.
 
What Kind of Personal Lubricant Are Available?
 
Personal lubricants are available in water-based or silicone based formulas.  Water-based lubricants are sex toy and  condom safe.  Depending on the quality of the water-based lubricant, re-application may be needed as some water-based lubricants can dry out.  Water-based lubricants tend to be less expensive than silicone based personal lubricants.  
 
Although water-based lubricants are slippery, they are not as silky and long lasting as silicone based lubricants. Silicone based personal lubricants are not sticky, are condom safe and can be used in water.  Silicone lubricants retain their silky feel and are very long lasting.  If you plan on using a lubricant with a sex toy, do not use silicone based lubricants on any sex toys made of NeoSkin, Silicone, EuroSkin, CyberSkin, or Futurotic materials.  Many of the male masturbation products are made of CyberSkin or Futurotic Materials, which are not compatible with silicone lubricants.  It is recommended to used water-based personal lubricants with these types of products.
 
There are a number of lubricants designed to enhance your sexual experience even further such as flavored, warming, and cooling lubricants.  Flavored lubricants are popular to use during oral sex.  Flavored lubricants are available in flavors such as Vanilla, Cola, Strawberry, Mint, and more.  Manufacturers such as Wet are well known for their flavored lubricants. 
 
Warming lubricants are fantastic to use during foreplay and sexual intercourse.  When you blow on a warming lubricant or rub it, it creates heat, which can enhance the sensations during sexual play.  Warming lubricants can be used with a sex toy and also for masturbation to intensity the pleasure. Cooling lubricants also provide added pleasure, similar to the warming lubricants.  Cooling lubricants will give off a cooling, tingling sensation when blown on, and are condom sage.
 
Some individuals have a sensitivity to certain ingredients such as Glycerin and Paraben.  Some women have reported that certain lubricants can cause irritation and aggravate recurring yeast infections.  For this reason, manufacturers have developed more natural, water-based lubricants that do not contain glycerin, sugar, or paraben.  If you are a female who is prone to yeast infections, it is recommmended to consult with your physician prior to purchasing a personal lubricant.
 
Anal lubricants are also developed to ease penetration during anal play.  Certain anal lubricants contain benzocaine, which gentl numb the anal region to make it less painful for beginners who are experimenting with anal sex.  Anal lubricants are recommended for anal play to achieve the most pleasure out of the experience.  
 
Tip:  It is not recommended to use personal lubricants that contain oil.  Using products that contain baby oil, vaseline, petroleum jelly, or massage oils will damage latex products.    
 

Jennifer Amato

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