Vaginal lubrication often occurs naturally during sexual excitement and arousal. Women vary in how much lubrication they produce and the amount of lubrication desired for pleasurable sexual activity — this variation is totally normal. Lubricants can be purchased online or at drugstores, many supermarkets, and sex-toy shops. Photo: Sydney Daoust cc. Comfort refers to your pleasure; the amount and staying power of the lubricant can make a difference in how good the sexual activity feels, and whether the lubricant irritates your genitals. Safety refers to your health; oil-based lubricants cannot be used with latex condoms, as they can destroy the latex and cause condom failure.
Lube 101: Your guide to personal lubrication
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How to Choose a Lubricant for Pleasure and Safety
Skip navigation! Story from Sex. This article was originally published on April 2, and has been updated throughout.
I thought all personal lubricators were basically the same, so why would it matter which one I decided to slather on my own sex toys with? Turns out, lube ingredients make a big difference — there are some body-safe ingredients, while other ingredients should be avoided. The right lube can heighten pleasurable sensations, and reduce chafing during an all-night sex marathon, but some formulas contain ingredients that some believe may increase the risk of getting a yeast infection or cause other health problems. Not all lube is created equal, and with so many options available, shopping for lube can feel overwhelming.