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Lube And Sex: Everything You Need to Know

Lube And Sex: Everything You Need to Know

Lube, or lubricant, is a popular tool when it comes to intimacy and pleasure. It is great for enhancing comfort and sensation during sexual activity. With so many different types of lube available on the market, finding the right one can be overwhelming.

What’s more, knowing what to do with it can be confusing if you’re using it for the first time. In this article, we’ll delve into the world of lube, exploring everything from the different types, how to use it, and what to look out for when buying it for the first time. Whether you’re a curious beginner or a seasoned user, we’ve got you covered. Get ready to learn all you can about this slippery yet vital aspect of your sexuality.

Types of sexual lubricants.

There are four types of lube:

Water-based lube:

Water-based lube is the most popular and widely available on the market. You can use it with toys and condoms, and it is very easy to clean up. However, water-based lube dries out really fast, and you may need to reapply it often.

water based lub illustration.

Silicone-based lube:

Unlike water-based lube, silicone-based lube doesn’t dry fast and is long-lasting. However, if you’re using toys, you shouldn’t use them with this type of lube.

silicone lub illustration.

Oil-based lube:

Oil-based lubes are mostly used for sexual activity and massage. Like silicone-based lube, they also last without drying out. The only downside to this type of lube is that you shouldn’t use them with latex condoms as they can get damaged.

how to use sex lubricant oil

Hybrid lube:

Hybrid lubes are a mix of silicone and water-based lubes and offer all the advantages of both types of lubes. In addition, they are also safe to use with toys and condoms.

Hybrid lubricants illustration about what are hybrid lubricants

Note: You might be interested in our blog “All About Sex Toys”.

How Does Sexual Lubricants Work?

Condoms and lubricants guide for safe sex.

The main aim of using lube is to reduce any friction that may occur during sexual activity. Whether you’re alone or with a partner, using lube can make penetration more enjoyable, and help to protect you against irritation. Lube is especially useful when used with a condom because it helps reduce friction, which in turn ensures a reduced risk of breakage that could result in an STI or unplanned pregnancies.

How to use Lube

There’s nothing complicated about using lubricant. However, if you want to get the most out of the tube you buy, here are some tips you should consider:

Use a small amount

You don’t have to use too much lube to get your desired result. It would be better to add a little more as you go rather than try to get rid of it if you’ve applied too much.

Direct application is best

Make sure you use a small amount of lube directly on the vulva and inside the vagina. However, if you’re having anal sex, try to use a little more than you would for vaginal penetration. If you’re using toys, you should also apply a generous amount of lube to it.

Reapply when needed

Some types of lube can dry out very fast especially if sexual activity is prolonged. If this is the case, reapply it as needed to ensure you’re comfortable.


Experiment as much as you can before you settle on one type of lube. Try a few types and brands before you settle on one that works well for you.

While lube is the perfect tool for enhancing sensation and comfort during sexual activity, you should know that it isn’t a substitute for foreplay. To get the most out of the lube you choose, make sure you and your partner are ready by engaging in foreplay.

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