Lubricants

Lubricants are available in a variety of products containing various ingredients. Read the label of a vaginal lubricant and buy only water-based or silicone lubricants. Petroleum based lubricants damage latex condoms rendering them ineffective, but you already know that. Use only water-based or silicone lubs with condoms. Many good lubricants are even available in Walmart or discount drug stores in the USA. Lubricants are a must-have for sex or for masturbation.

Why is My Vagina So Dry?
At one time or another all women experience vaginal dryness. (Yes, guys get dry skin on their penises too). Often women believe that vaginal lubricants are only for women who are not sexually aroused, or who are going through menopause, or if they are not very sexually experienced. Lubricants are for all of those reasons and for masturbating too. And, then can really enhance your pleasure and sensations for most women. Before you feel sore, in pain, and or frustrated with yourself, you should know that normal estrogen fluctuations often cause vaginal dryness. Vaginal dryness often occurs during your period, if you are stressed-out, and if you are using a condom with no lubrication! That ceiling fan over the bed can also cause dryness -- assuming it is running at the time. Yes, vaginal dryness can cause painful sexual intercourse.

What Type of Vaginal Lubricant Is Best? There are many different types of vaginal lubricants available over-the-counter today. Lubs come in bottles, tubes, in edible forms, and as vaginal suppositories. Which product works best for your situation is mostly a matter of personal preference, or a matter of what you need to use it for. Of course you can use them for other ways to explore your sexuality. (masturbation, anal sex, oral sex, hand jobs, with a vibrator, etc.). You can buy them on the web if that is more convenient. They are often less expensive that way.

Many Medications Cause Vaginal Dryness
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Several medications can cause a loss of vaginal lubrication including:

   Ortho-Tri-Cyclen
   Ortho-Evra
   Depo-Provera
   Xanax
   Ativan
   Calcium channel blockers
   Beta-blockers
   Prescribed and over-the-counter cold and allergy medications
   Benadryl
   Some Antidepressants.

Astroglide, Wet, Juicy lub, Replens or other brands of water-based lubricants are safe to use with condoms. (I know we keep saying that). Petroleum-based lubricants such as Vaseline or hand lotion are NOT -- they can degrade the latex in condoms and diaphragms - causing holes or tears.) Astroglide or any other water-based lubricant may be applied directly to the penis by either partner, or it may be applied to the woman's genitals, either externally or inside the vagina. Obviously, I cant name all of the lubs available on the market today. K-Y warming liquid is another one you may see advertised on TV, personally, I didn't find it very lubricating or warming). Wet is a much more slippery and enhancing product. More reviews in the future.

The lubricant can be squirted on directly or can be poured into the hand or on the fingertips and then applied. Additional lubricant can be used as needed during intercourse. There's no right or wrong way to use lubricants. Experiment with what works best for you. Applying lubricant can even be a part of foreplay. Remember, though, that lubricants are not spermicides and therefore do not help to prevent pregnancy.

See Condom Help for more on condoms. Some photos of lubricants, I thought they might help you find them faster in the store. I didn't have time to write to all the manufacturers, but I don't think they'll mind the free plug. Enjoy your lubricants and use responsively!

               

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