TYPES OF LUBRICANTS
- Water based Lubricants
- Silicone Based Lubricants
- Oil based lubricants
WATER BASED LUBRICANT
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WATER-BASED LUBRICANTS WITH GLYCERIN
The most commonly sold lubricants are water-based lubricants made with synthetic glycerin.
Most flavored lubricants and warming lubricants contain glycerin.
Pros: Easy to find, low-cost, safe to use with latex condoms, do not stain fabric.
Cons: Dry out quickly, often sticky or tacky, synthetic glycerin can trigger yeast infections in women who are prone to them. Products containing parabens or propylene glycol can irritate sensitive skin.
WATER-BASED LUBRICANTS WITHOUT GLYCERIN
These lubricants are made with vegetable-derived glycerin.
They don’t trigger yeast infections.
Pros: Last longer than lubricants with glycerin, can reduce irritation to the genitals, safe with latex condoms, do not stain fabric, usually thicker.
Cons: Can have a bitter taste due to the absence of glycerin, usually found only online or at adult stores, those that contain parabens or propylene glycol can irritate the skin.
- Water based lubricants are water-soluble, which means that they are absorbed by the skin mucous membranes over time
- You might need to reapply it periodically
- They can leave you feeling a little sticky
- They may not last as long as silicone and oil based products ( you may need to reapply it more frequently)
- Water-based lubricants are condom-compatible
- Many water-based lubricant contain synthetic glycerin, which can promote infections in women
- Organic Water-based products are not irritation-free. If you’re sensitive to certain ingredients remember to look out for those. (People often forget to look for ingredients that they are allergic to when buying organic products).
SILICONE BASED LUBRICANT
- Feels silky, smooth and soothing
- Tends to last longer than water based lubricants so you won’t have to reapply as often
- Silicone Lubricants are not absorbed by your body
- Silicone lubricants are latex safe meaning you can use them with latex condoms
- Silicone lubricants are less likely to harbor harmful bacteria
- Using it with toys
- They say that you shouldn’t use them in conjunction with silicone toys as they can break down the material over time. I’ve been using them with all of my toys for years. I find that if you use a good quality silicon lubricant and a good quality silicon toy, the silicone material appears remain unharmed.
- I can’t recommend that you ignore the advice of the manufacturers, who suggest that you don’t use silicone lubricant with silicone toys. I’m just saying that if you love your silicone lubricant why ruin a great experience by using a product that you don’t like.
- You can use it for water play like in the shower or bath
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OIL BASED LUBRICANT
- Oil-based lubricants can provide good lubrication
- Oil-based lubricants are not safe to use with latex condoms.
- They can make the latex porous, or even cause it to rip and tear
- You can use natural oils like coconut oil
COCONUT OIL – A CONTROVERSIAL TOPIC
You may not realise it but suggesting that you use coconut oil as a personal lubricant is stepping into dangerous territory.
- You have people who have used it for years who love it and swear by it
- You have those who have used it to alleviate their symptoms and even cure their yeast infections
- You also have those people who believe that it’s irresponsible to even suggest using coconut oil vaginally. They believe that coconut oil should never be used as a lubricant. For example, it can make some women more prone to vaginal infections. Its thick consistency makes it easier for bacteria and yeast to hang around.
Most discussions involve anecdotal personal accounts as evidence and informed theories based on understanding coconut oil and the inner workings of the vagina.
Ob-gyn Sherry Ross, MD, says that she’s yet to see any patients with side effects and considers it more a “theoretical concern than something people need to worry about in practice.”
The best lubricant
The best lubricant is the lubricant that you love to use.
It feels good on your skin and it enhances your experiences.
If you don’t love the lubricant that you’re using then experimenting with some new lubricants is well worth it.