To Lube or Not to Lube
With the wide use of personal lubricant, the studies about related aspects are also slowly up. A new study published in 2012 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine from the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University, is one of the most systematic and comprehensive articles on the subject of western sexuality in recent years. The study used questionnaires to measure how and why people use lubricants.
Why Lube Is Necessity
Lube can be a great enhancer for sex. In the Queen’s study, 80% of the 424 people in the sample used personal lubricant. Up to 74% of those use it to enhance their own sexual feelings, and 57% use it to enhance their partner’s sexual sensations. In addition, effective penetration was also cited by 64% of women as a reason for choosing lubricants. And with 8% agreeing that the smell and feel of the lubricant increased the atmosphere for intercourse.
In particular, the Queen’s University study focused on women who had experienced pain during intercourse. Lube really is a blessing for those women. 81% of them choose lubricants for pain reduction, which is the top factor they choose personal lubricant.
In general, lubricants reduce the likelihood of friction injuries in the first place (especially in women with dry vaginas). On top of that, it creates a more relaxed and engaging sexual atmosphere using inventive techniques such as smell and temperature. Moreover, it’s also an integral part of sex toy plays.
Which One Is Better For Me
Not all personal lubricants are alike. Let’s break them all down into 3 main categories.
Now the water-based lube is the most common one in the market. It has the advantage of good solubility, hypoallergenic and easy cleaning. Although it is relatively volatile, it has a unique advantage- it won’t dissolve latex and can be used with latex condoms. If you’re using a water-based lubricant, keep the dispenser handy because you’ll most likely be reapplying regularly.
- Petroleum-based lubes
Oil-based lubes, which dissolve condoms and are difficult to clean, are not commonly used for sexual lubrication. But it is widely used for medical and nursing purposes (such as Vaseline, baby oil) because of its long-lasting lubrication.
- Silicone-based lubes
By contrast, silicone-based lubricants are long-lasting but do not dissolve condoms. As a result, it has quickly become the most popular one on the market. It is currently the best comprehensive effect of aquatic lube and anal lube. But please note that if you’re using silicone sex toys, don’t use silicone-based lubricants at the same time. Similar chemicals can easily damage your toys.
Before you think about the smell, color of a lubricant, you should first look at whether it causes allergies in your body and discomfort in your partner. And according to AcmeJoy, the consistency of a lubricant is the second thing you need to consider when buying it. For example, in the backdoor plays, the thicker lubricant will be your first choice.
One thing to note is that lubricant is both practical and pleasurable for sex. Although 1.4% of people in the survey thought it was embarrassing to use lubricant, it is still a simple and useful product that everyone can adapt to. And the variety that appears endlessly at the present lube market also tells lubricant has more crucial meaning to sex life.