Before we launch into how to use lube, let's talk about why lube is so important. Lube makes sex more comfortable, adding slippery slickness. If you haven't had enough time for foreplay or experience difficulty getting wet, then lube is a must. Lube is essential during anal sex because the anus doesn't self-lubricate. Lube also prevents micro-tears in your vagina or anus that the friction of sex can cause. Abrasions can make you more susceptible to STIs and bacterial infections.
Before you can use lube, you need to have the right lube on hand. Not all lube is compatible with all contraceptives or sex toys, for example. Compatibility is based on the lube's ingredients. There are three main lube bases:
Some lubes are hybrids, which means they use multiple bases. These lubricants promise the best of both worlds. A water-silicone hybrid is less likely to react with a silicone sex toy because of the lower amount of silicone, but you'll still want to do a patch test.
Once you've chosen lube, it's is easy to use. You apply it where you need extra slickness. There are two ways to about it: you can add lube to your fingers, toy, or penis or you can add it to the orifice that you will be penetrating. For an even more slippery sensation, you can apply lube to both areas. It's personal preference.
Once you find your ideal lube, you can enjoy sex that's more comfortable and even lasts longer!
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