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Sexual Lubricants 'A Slippery Pleasure

Sexual lubricants, sometimes call personal lubricant, can greatly enhance sexual pleasure between partners, when using a sex toy or during masturbation for both women and men.

When making love to a partner lubricants can add to the erotic feel of the experience. For some women it may be essential to use a sexual lube as it is quite common for many women's vaginas don't self-lubricate enough, and these women can find intercourse extremely uncomfortable. Lubrication is often the answer.

For those who enjoy anal sex liberal use of a personal lubricant is a must as the anus does not produce it's own lubrication like the vagina.

When using a sexual toy inserted into the vagina or anus, most people find the experience much more enjoyable when using a lubricant. Lubrication makes toys glide sensually in, out and about. However, be sure to choose a lube that doesn't damage you or your erotic toys.

There are three types of lubricants: Water-based, petroleum-based and those made from natural oils, and silicone-based. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.

Water-based Lubes are the most versatile, safe and popular lubricants for all situations. Typically made of de-ionized water, glycerin, and propylene glycol, they are safe to use with condoms and all forms of barrier birth control. In addition, water-based lubricants are safe to use with sex toys, which are usually made of either latex, silicone, or plastic.

It is rare that water-based lubricants cause irritation, and they don't stain clothing. They are safe to ingest, and they come in both flavored and unflavored varieties. They tend to dry out over extended periods, but a little water or saliva will get you slick again.

Petroleum-based lubes & natural oil-based lubes include Vaseline products, mineral oil products and baby oil. Unfortunately, these products all destroy latex, so they cannot be used with condoms, cervical caps or diaphragms. In addition, they can inflame and irritate the vagina. They also stain clothing. Petroleum-based lubes do tend to last well, so they are often used by men during masturbation.

The natural oil lubricants come from sources such as nuts or vegetables. Like petroleum-based lubes, they too destroy latex (condoms, diaphragms and cervical caps) and stain clothing. However, they do have one key advantage over petroleum-based lubes: they don't cause vaginal irritation. This makes them excellent for female [and male] masturbation, as well as unprotected vaginal.

Silicone-based lubricants offer the benefits of water-based lubricants with the addition of being waterproof, so they may be used in the bath, or the jacuzzi, or... In addition, they tend to lubricate longer than water-based lubes. Silicone will not hurt latex, so they're safe with condoms and other forms of barrier birth control; however, they can affect adult toys made from silicone. Many people report greater satisfaction with the the feel and performance of a silicone lubricant.

Some of the most popular brands of lubricant are: Wet, i-D, Astroglide, and Eros.

About the Author

Lance Russell has lectured about sexuality at Universities in Califronia. In addition, he is an owner of the adult toy store and the co-author of the book "Recipes for Better Sex: 75 Delicious Ways to Spice Up Your Love Life" available on the site and at


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