Lubes And Lotions
What is a lubricant?
During sexual arousal, a woman’s vagina typically becomes lubricated, making it wetter and ready for sex. Many women find that lubes and lotions make sex more comfortable or enjoyable because it reduces friction and irritation.
However, sometimes women experience vaginal dryness. The vagina does not lubricate enough, leading to pain or discomfort. This can happen when estrogen levels drop during menopause.
Sometimes, women just prefer more lubes and lotions than their bodies provide.
In these circumstances, a lubricant can help. A lubricant is a liquid or gel that women apply during sex to make the vagina, or anal area wetter. The lubricant also applies to a man’s penis or a sex toy to make them more slippery.
Types of Lubricants
There are several types of lubes and lotions, each with advantages and disadvantages.
- Water-based lubes are usually inexpensive and easy to find. They also wash off easily. However, they may not last as long as a couple would like and may need to reapply during sex to maintain moisture.
- Silicone-based lubricants tend to last longer than water-based lubricants. However, they do not rinse as easily and irritate some women if they aren’t rinsed immediately after sex.
It’s important to note that water- and silicone-based lubes and lotions may contain glycerin. Which can lead to inflammation and yeast infections. If this becomes a problem, lubricants without glycerin are available.
- Oil-based lubricants should be used with caution. These lubes and lotions cannot be used with latex condoms. As they will weaken the latex, making the condom more likely to leak or break. In turn, this increases the risk of pregnancy or transmission of a sexual infection.
- Petroleum-based lubes and lotions, such as those made from petroleum jelly, mineral oil, or baby oil, cause irritation or inflammation in some women.
Choosing a lube or lotion is a personal decision. Couples can try different types to see what works best for them. If a particular lubricant causes irritation or an allergic reaction. The couple should stop using it and try another kind. A doctor or sex therapist can provide guidance if needed.
What’s the difference between lotion and lube?
The real difference between a lubricant and a moisturizer is duration. Lubricants coat the vagina to ease penetration, which adds comfort during intercourse. They provide a benefit at the time of use but are not to last. Moisturizers are longer lasting.