The Benefits of Lube and Using It During Intimacy

The Benefits of Lube and Using It During Intimacy

Regarding sexual activity, there's often an emphasis on the importance of foreplay and intimacy. However, one aspect that's often overlooked is using lube during sex. Lube can be a game-changer, adding pleasure, making sex more comfortable, and even opening up the possibility of new sexual experiences.

In this article, we'll discuss the many benefits of lube and why it's worth considering using it during intimacy.

What Is Lube?

Lube, short for lubricant, is a slippery substance used to reduce friction during sexual activity. It can be applied to the genitals, sex toys, or other areas of the body to increase lubrication and make sex more pleasurable. There are various types of lube available, including water-based, silicone-based, and oil-based. Before trying new intimate lubes, make sure to always check the lubricant product labels for directions, compatibility, and any other warnings!

Why Use Lube? What Does Lube Help With?

Lubricant Helps to Prevent Discomfort Due to Dryness

For many women, vaginal dryness can be a problem. However, it is possible to have enjoyable sex even if you suffer from this problem!

For women who want to supplement their natural moisture, a lubricant is a popular choice. To create a longer, more pleasurable, and sexier intimate session, adding a few drops of lubricant can help keep you and your partner going from start to finish.

You Can Enjoy Foreplay Even More

A personal lubricant can be incorporated into your foreplay routine in several ways. For example, use a warming lubricant while engaging in an intimate massage to help further heighten sensations between you and your partner.

Whatever you and your partner decide to use it for, a lubricant can be a great addition to creating an exciting sensory experience for both of you.

Lubricants Help To Prevent Condom Breakage

Believe it or not, adding a personal lubricant can help reduce friction by providing supplemental moisture to the applied area. If you use a condom-compatible lubricant, you can reduce friction and possible condom breakage, which, in turn, can decrease the chance of possible infection. Adding a lubricant is a great way to help ease both you and your partner into physical intimacy, making for an even more pleasurable and passionate experience.

Remember, even if you use lube, there is still a chance that your condom may break – so always be sure to check and use one correctly and consistently every time you have sex!

Lubricants Can Help Reduce the Risk of Vaginal Tearing

During sexual activity, the vagina naturally produces its own lubrication to assist with comfortable penetration. However, some women may experience vaginal dryness during intimacy due to factors like hormonal changes, certain medications, stress, or medical conditions. Not enough natural lubrication may lead to friction and increased pressure on the vaginal walls, making them more prone to tearing.

Using lubricant adds moisture and minimizes friction, which can help reduce the risk of vaginal tearing1 during intercourse or foreplay and create a more enjoyable sexual experience.

Lubricants Can Help You Try New Things

Unlike the vagina, the anus does not produce its own lubrication. To have safe, comfortable anal sex you must use supplemental lubrication. If you and your partner are looking to explore anal sex or foreplay, reach for the lubricant.

Use Lubricant to Transition to the Main Event

Sometimes, it takes your body a little while to get in the mood. Using a lubricant can make intimacy between you and your partner more enjoyable. Not only can it enhance your lovemaking it allows you to keep the action going without having to pump the brakes. The best way to figure out which lubricant works well for you is to experiment.

For a natural feeling, try a lubricant that provides longer-lasting pleasure and complements natural lubrication like K-Y® Jelly Water Based Personal Lubricant (Body Friendly Formula).

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To enhance the pleasure between you and your partner, try K-Y® Intense® Pleasure Gel.

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Lubricants Can Also Be For Masturbation

Lubricants not only enhance intimate experiences with a partner, but they can also be a great addition to solo play. Everyone can benefit from added glide during masturbation, whether it be manual or with a toy.

If you’re looking to explore a new lube sensation, masturbation may be the perfect time to try one out. You can spice up your typical routine or take one for a test drive without the added pressure of an intimate partner.

Experimenting with different lubricants and finding the one that works best for you can lead to more enjoyable and satisfying solo experiences.

How to Choose the Right Lube

When choosing the right lube, it's essential to consider your individual needs and preferences. Water-based lube is generally the most versatile option, but silicone-based and oil-based lubes can also be beneficial in specific situations.

It's important to read the label carefully and make sure the lube you choose is safe to use with condoms or sex toys, especially if you're using these items regularly.

Once you’ve chosen one that is right for you, adding a few drops of lubricant is a great way of bringing you two even closer together.

If you or your partner have never used lubricants before, it could be a good idea to gradually introduce lube into the bedroom. If you and your partner are open to trying new things, bring it up in conversation and discuss the benefits of using lubricant during foreplay and sex.

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Tips for Using Lube During Intimacy

Using lube during intimacy can be a game-changer, but it's important to use it correctly. Here are some tips to make the most out of your lube experience:

  • Apply lube to both partners or sex toys by putting it into your clean hands first.
  • Warm up the lube in your hands before applying it for a more comfortable experience.
  • Avoid using too much, you can always add more lube later.
  • Reapply lube as necessary, especially during longer sexual sessions.
  • Experiment with different types of lube to find the one that works best for you and your partner.

Lube is a simple yet effective way to enhance pleasure and make sex more comfortable. Whether you're experiencing discomfort during intercourse or simply want to add an extra element of pleasure, lube can be a game-changer.

By understanding the benefits of lube and choosing the right type for your needs, you can take your intimacy to the next level.

Lubricant FAQs

Can lubricant be used with condoms?

Many lubes can be used with condoms. Before use, be sure to check the compatibility of specific product materials.

Can I use any type of lube with sex toys?

No, it's important to read the label carefully and make sure the lube you choose is safe to use with your specific sex toy.

Can using lube help with vaginal dryness?

Yes, using lube can alleviate discomfort caused by vaginal dryness and make sex more comfortable.

Is it necessary to use lube during solo play?

No, it's not necessary, but using lube during solo play can enhance pleasure and make the experience more comfortable.

What is the best type of lube to use?

The best type of lube to use depends on your individual needs and preferences. Water-based lube is generally a popular option for those with sensitive skin and is the most versatile option, but silicone-based and oil-based lubes can also be beneficial in specific situations.

Resources

  1. Right as Rain by UW Medicine, 2018, It's Not Just Childbirth That Can Give You a Vaginal Tear
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