Beginner’s Guide to Sexual Lubricants

Sex should be all fun, orgasmic and it should definitely leave you happy. Sex has a lot of benefits such as relieving stress, it is the best exercise for your body and heart, it balances your testosterone or estrogen levels plus it also lowers your blood pressure. We could go on and on about the various benefits of sex but then we would miss out on your guide to sexual lubricants which is why you are here!


What is a Lubricant?

When a woman is sexually aroused, her vagina becomes lubricated which makes it wet and ripe for sex. However, there are times when a woman can have vaginal dryness. When a woman experiences vaginal dryness it means that she does not get wet enough which can result in discomfort or pain during sex. Vaginal dryness is mostly as a result of having low estrogen levels which can be caused by menopause, undergoing chemotherapy or when a woman is breastfeeding. A lubricant, therefore, helps a woman attain the wetness she desires so that she is able to enjoy sex. NO. You do not need to be going the above problems to use a lubricant. More and more people just prefer using lubricants as a way to add spice in the bedroom and some just prefer to have more lubrication.

A lubricant, can, therefore be defined as a gel or liquid that is used/applied during sexual intercourse to help the vagina, vulva or anus wetter. Lubricants can also be applied to sexy toys’ or the penis making them more slippery and easier to slide in smoothly in and out again and again til u have the aah ooh moment.

Facts about Lubricants

  • Lubricants can bring out that creative and romantic side that you have been harboring. If you are trying to have the fifty shades of you know what… lubricants are a good and simple way to break out of the norm. You can use them as part of the foreplay with your significant other or if you are on a dry spell and are having a good time on your own, you can play around with lube as you apply it to your ‘slide it in’ parts.
  • You can get different types of lubricants from different stores. However, water based lubricants are the safest / best.  They are less likely to cause irritation to your delicate and precious lady-bits and they can also be used with condoms.
  • Petroleum based lubricants are not the best especially when you are using condoms. They can cause the condom to break.
  • Lubricants that have glycerin as a component can lead to yeast infection. They come in tasty flavors though.
  • It is safe to apply lubricants on a penis, dildo or whatever sex toy you love sliding in smoothly for that orgasmic moment of pleasure.
  • Do not substitute any cooking oil or Vaseline as a lubricant. Your condom will break and you might just end up with an unwanted vaginal infection. Take care of the girl and she will take care of you.

Types of Lubricants

Just like there are different lubricants for different machines and their parts so are there different kinds of lubes for the human machine. The different types of lube help the machine to glide comfortably and pleasurably during sex.

Lubricants are divided into three major categories; silicone based lubricants, water based lubricants and water-based lubricants. Let us take a closer look at each of these lubricants.

Water based lubricants

As we all know, water is harmless. Water based lubes are therefore considered the most friendly and multipurpose lubricants. They are considered user-friendly, easy to clean and non-irritant. They do not weaken latex and are therefore safe and sound to use alongside other latex sex products such as condoms, diaphragms and dams just to mention but a few. It is important to note that most water based lubes may contain Glycerin (sugar) which can lead to yeast infections, especially in women. They also have a tendency of drying out pretty quickly. You can, however, counter this by using some additional lube, water or even saliva. In no time you will be sliding it in and enjoying the sensational feeling to get you to cloud nine.

Oil based lubricants

Examples of oil based lubes include lotion, Vaseline, baby oil, cold creams, vegetable oil and mineral oil. If you opt for oil based lubes make sure not to use a latex condom because it will break, instead use a Polyurethane condom. These types of lubes can feed and protect the dry sexual tissues; however, they will not re-hydrate the tissues because they do not have water. These lubes are also likely to leave you with a covering on the rectum or vagina which can cause infections in your most precious parts. For males who are trying to derive sexual pleasure on their own (masturbate), they may use oil based lubricants to avoid roughness.  Oil based lubes can be used alongside any kind of sexy product as long as it is not made of latex. When in contact with water they bead up. To clean the lube off use soap and water.

Silicone based lubricants

These are the latest entrant in the market. They are okay to use with any latex products including condoms. However, unlike their water based lubes counterparts, they last longer. This means you can use them in the bathtub, shower or even swimming pool- you should definitely get freaky in the pool; thank me later! The fact that they are not easily washed off by water also means that they would probably take longer to wash off; soap and water will, however, do the trick. You should, however, make sure you do not use silicone based lubes alongside silicone sex toys; they will definitely damage your silicone adult toys. However, you may use a condom over your sexy toy to prevent its damage.

Summing up

Lubricants are generally a good way to boost and increase pleasure during sex. There are thousands of varieties available either online or in a store near you. You can practically find a lube that you like to experiment with and have it slide in more smoothly to give you the satisfaction that you have been looking for.

If you are just beginning to experiment with lubes, I would suggest that you start off with water based lubes. Maybe you want the Fifty Shades Darker experience, Heck yeah it is allowed. Explore your sexuality and make sure you enjoy (safely) to the fullest. You only live once; add spice to your sex life and have as many orgasms as you possibly can!

written by Brian Sanderson

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