We may be past the bad old days of 80s STD hysteria, but safe sex is still incredibly important, and using condoms remains a reliable and effective way to prevent the transmission of any sexually transmitted diseases you or your partner may (knowingly or unknowingly) possess. Unfortunately, while many modern latex condoms are ultra-thin to provide the maximum amount of pleasure and sensation possible, a condom can still make sex less pleasurable for both parties in some situations, and applying lubricants is a popular method to counteract the loss of sensation.
If you and your partner choose to go down this road, however, you shouldn't just grab the cheapest lube you can get your hands on and go to town; most modern lubricants are either water or silicone-based, and each category has different properties that you should be aware of.
But first, a word on oil-based lubricants
Although less popular than they once were, oil-based lubricants are still widely available and used by many couples. However, they should never be used during safe sex, as the oils can degrade the latex content of a condom and make breakage much more likely. They are safer to use with polyurethane condoms, but these can be quite difficult to find.
What are the pros and cons of water-based lubricants?
Water-based lubricants are designed to closely mimic the natural lubricants produced by the body during sex and can consequently provide a very natural feel that effectively counteracts the loss of sensation encountered by many condom users. They also do not leave any residue behind as they dry, so cleaning both yourself and your sheets after sex is far easier. These advantages make water-based lubricants very popular, and they tend to be both cheaper and easier to acquire than silicone-based alternatives.
The main downside of water-based lubricants is their tendency to dry out quickly, and you may find yourself having to stop and reapply in the heat of the moment. The ease with which they can be washed away also makes them naturally unsuitable for water-based sessions, such as shower and bath sex.
What are the pros and cons of silicone-based lubricants?
Silicone-based lubricants are ideal for marathon sex sessions, as their effects last far longer than water-based lubricants and they rarely have to be reapplied during sex. They also tend to be more slippery than water-based lubricants in general, and this combination of low friction and long duration makes them ideal for anal sex sessions where wearing condoms can be especially important. Silicone-based lubricants are also less likely to contain glycerin, a potential irritant and allergen, than water-based alternatives.
The main downside to using silicone-based lubricants is that they have to be carefully cleaned away after used, and can leave persistent stains on sheets and soft furnishings if allowed to dry. They also react poorly to most dildos and sex toys, as the drying lubricant can dry onto the surface of a toy and become practically impossible to remove.
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