Most girls probably don’t want to admit that they use lube. They might want to prove that they have “perfect vaginas” (a fake phrase, jsyk), and that don’t need any extra help to get prepped for sex, but that’s not really true. There is nothing wrong with needing a little bit of help, especially when it comes to sex. Vaginas do produce their own lubricant, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add some more into the mix. And for some girls, natural lubrication can be difficult, which is why a little help might be necessary. In fact, using lube will really help you sex life. Trust me! But there are some things to know before you start emptying bottles of lube on your vag (don’t do that).
There are actually a lot of different types of lube that you might not realize exist, and there are a lot of mistakes you might not realize you can make. Even if you have tried lube before, it’s really important to do everything you can to make sure you are being safe and healthy, in addition to having fun and getting it on. Whether you are planning on using lube during sex or just when masturbating, take a look at these things you need to know before using lube.
Know Your AllergiesBelieve it or not, you can be allergic to certain lube ingredients. Even if you aren't allergic, you could still have a reaction to certain lubes, so you should be sure to know what is in them. Before you go slathering yourself in lube, try using just a tiny bit before going all out. Test out a tiny bit on your skin, and if you don't have any redness or itching, you should be fine. Image Source: iStock
Avoid Flavored LubeI know that flavored lubes seem cool and different, but be careful: some flavored lubes can contain sugars in them that really should not be going near your vagina. Certain sweeteners can cause yeast infections, so it's best to stick with water-based, flavorless lube. Source
Rub Your Hands Together Before Putting It Down ThereThis might seem obvious, but your body is warm, and lube is not. So, when you are using lube, you might be shocked at just how cold it feels on your vagina. A good way to avoid this is to rub it in your hands before applying it, so you don't get that super chilly feeling. Image Source: iStock
Try A Warming LubeOn the other hand, there are also warming lubes you might want to try. It's also a good idea to try those out on your skin before using them in your vag, since some of them might be TOO intense for you. You can grab this warming lube from K-Y for $7.99.
Look Into All Of The TypesThere are warming lubes, water-based lubes, and even silicone-based lubes. It's important to get the one that's right for you. Water-based is normally the safest and easiest to find. Whatever you do, do NOT get oil-based lube, since it can break down the materials in condoms and might make them tear. Image Source: iStock
Reapply, If NeededYou shouldn't apply too much lube, since that can eliminate any type of friction and just make it a slippery mess. Start with just a little, then apply more as needed. It's easier to add more than to clean up and start all over, you know? Image Source: iStock
Avoid Oil-Based LubeHonestly, I don't know why oil-based lubes exist. They are not good for you and should not be used. Not only can they clog your pores down there (ugh) they can even cause the condom to break down. Be sure to avoid them, or other oil-based things that people use as lube, like baby oil. It's not a good idea! Image Source: iStock
Use CondomsOkay, there are a ton of things on the internet that claim that sperm can be killed by lube. That's not true. Sperm might get slowed down if there is lube, but it can not be killed by it! Yes, you can still get pregnant if you're using lube, and it does not protect you from STDs. Be sure to still use condoms when using lube! Image Source: iStock
If You Regularly Get Infections, Try A Sensitive LubeEven if you are a sex beginner, you might be prone to UTIs, which could be made worse by certain types of lube. There are some lubes for girls with sensitive vaginas, so be sure to try that out if you're scared. Image Source: Scary Movie
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