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5 types of lubricants

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Lube provides a solution for those who experience vaginal dryness. We explore different types of lubricants to help you choose the right one.
Sex is an important part of many relationships, and provides pleasure, intimacy and love for those involved. However, if there is a physical issue making this difficult, then it can change how you feel about it. One common problem that is often experienced is that of vaginal dryness. It is not something that people like to talk about, but it can make sex uncomfortable and take all of the fun out if it. An easy solution for this is to use a lubricant. This makes things easier and less painful, restoring the fun in your love life. So, what type of lubricant should you choose and what exactly can they be used for?

1. Water based lubricant

The most versatile type of lube is a water-based one. This is a product that can be used with silicone toys or condoms, so is great for whatever type of fun you want to have.1 Read more: 6 types of condoms. Water-based lube is a popular choice, as it is less likely to stain your bedding. It is also gentle on your skin and it washes off easily. The YES Water Based Natural Lubricant is thought by many to be the best water-based lubricant, as it is a product that is intensely hydrating, silky and hypoallergenic. It is also NHS approved, so a great choice for anyone using lube for the first time.

2. Silicone lubricant

If you have particularly sensitive skin, then you may want to consider a silicone lube as an option. This often has a silky texture and is also hypoallergenic, so there is less risk of any allergic reactions occurring. Many people also find that this type of lube can last longer, so it does not need reapplying and there are no time limits on your fun. This type of lubricant is not recommended for use with silicone sex toys as they can start to deteriorate. Silicone lube is still safe for use with condoms but does not wash away quite as easily as water-based lubricants.

3. Oil-based lubricant

One of the longest lasting types of lubricant is an oil-based one. These are wonderful for massages, and as they are not easily washed away, they can also be used in the shower. However, they are not recommended for use with latex condoms as they can cause them to tear. Oil-based lubricant does stain material and can be responsible for infections such as bacterial vaginosis, so it needs to be used with care.

4. Organic lubricant

When it comes to products for use on intimate areas, it is understandable that you will care about the ingredients. Many people have sensitivities or ethical concerns about what is included and so are turning to organic lube as an alternative option. Natural lubricants focus on ingredients such as aloe vera in order to be kind to the skin but still remain effective. The YES Water Based & Plant-oil Based Natural Lubricant Intro Pack contains three different natural lubricants which use rich oils and butters which can be used with confidence and comfort.

5. Lubricant for menopause

The menopause can be a significant cause of vaginal dryness as oestrogen levels drop, causing vaginal tissues to become thinner and dryness takes hold.2 Read more: Menopause & sex: What really happens? There are now products on the market specifically designed for this. One of the best lubricant for menopause dryness is Meg’s Menopause Motion Lotion which is water-based and contains shea butter, cocoa butter and chamomile extracts to provide gentle and silky lubrication.

Using a lubricant that is free from fragrances and strong ingredients will keep the vagina healthy and allow you to use it easily and discreetly. There are many causes for intimate dryness and understanding them can be the key to overcoming them. Our article on ‘Intimate Dryness: Your Guide To Causes And Remedies’ gives a great insight into this subject and includes some helpful tips and ideas.

So, do not let dryness stand in your way. When it comes to sex, wetter is better! Intimate dryness is not a subject to be embarrassed about as it affects huge numbers of people. There are many types of products out there, so take your pick from flavoured, tingling, or even warming lube to make things even more interesting!

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