If you’ve looked around any well-stocked adult toy store lately, then you already know there are an astonishing number of lube options available these days. If you’re looking for something basic and practical, that’s easy enough to find, but lube is about so much more these days.
It’s really to your benefit to explore some of the possibilities it brings to the table. There’s also never been a better time to let go of any outmoded assumptions you may still be making about lube or people who use it. Here are a few great reasons why lube should be part of everyone’s sexual repertoire.
1. It dials up the pleasure.
If you currently think of lube as something to reach for only when you’re in dire need of some slippery help, you’re missing out on one of its biggest perks. Even just a drop or two can really amplify all those delicious sensations during sex and make them feel more intense. This is the case even when you have no real issues with dryness to overcome.
And it’s not just penetrative sex with your partner that’s made better with a bit of lube. Adding some lube to the mix can enhance a hand job, an impromptu solo masturbation session, or even an indulgent romp with a favorite vibrator.
2. It can be a game-changer for anal.
There are so many people out there who love the idea of anal but can’t get as into it because they don’t know how to make it consistently comfortable. Lube is your golden ticket to the kind of ecstasy you’re after, as your anal area doesn’t create its own lubrication.
You don’t have to settle for the same basic lube you’d use for every other purpose, though. Try test-driving a product made specifically for anal play, and see what happens. Anal lubes are extra-thick and formulated to stay put, so they’re ideal for intercourse, finger play, and just about anything else that might be on the menu.
3. It can elevate oral, too.
Even if you love giving your partner oral, a slight enhancement never hurt anyone. Flavored lubes come in a variety of delicious flavors guaranteed to make your partner’s irresistible physique even more lickable than it usually is. Think gourmand options like delightful caramel and chocolate or bright, juicy fruit flavors like sweet cherry or tropical coconut.
Flavored lubes can help ease someone new to oral into the experience by making it more pleasant, as well. So, if you’ve always wanted to go to town on your partner like an absolute boss but are nervous about any possible tastes or smells, a delicious flavored lube can quite literally make them taste like candy.
4. And, yes, it’s terrific for overcoming dryness.
Vaginal dryness is a lot more common than most people think. It can also happen for many reasons, including hormonal fluctuations, medications you might be taking, and stress. And then there are the times when things just aren’t flowing, so to speak, for no real reason at all.
With a great bottle of lube close at hand, this is not something you’ll ever have to worry about again. You won’t have to worry about waiting for your body to catch up with your mind when you’re ready to get down and dirty, either. Just lube up as much (or as little) as you need and enjoy the ride.
5. It’s a great way to experiment with new sensations.
Lube can do a lot more than make you wetter when you need to be or add an irresistible flavor to the mix when you and your partner go down on each other. There are lots of unique options out there that can introduce completely new sensations into your sexual repertoire.
There are warming and cooling lubes to help with arousal and enhance lovemaking. There are lubes fortified with numbing agents that can ease discomfort during anal sex or improve a man’s performance in bed. There are formulas out there made to be extra slick, super pillowy, and longer lasting than average, as well.
How can you choose the right lube for you?
Although just about anything goes when it comes to your personal choice in lubes, you do want to check to make sure the lube you’ve chosen is compatible with whatever activity you have in mind. Some lubes can cause condoms or sex toys to break down or otherwise lose their integrity, so make sure yours is toy-safe and condom-safe before you play. When in doubt, opt for water-based lubes, as they’re safe for just about any purpose.
There’s no law out there that says you can’t keep as many different lubes on hand as you like, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different formulas until you figure out what you want. Build a varied collection, so there’s always something on hand that’s just right!