How Lubricants Promote Safer Sex (and Why You Should Care)
Everyone knows using lubricants is one of the quickest ways to enhance sexual experiences. Lube reduces penetrative friction while flavored lubricants make oral sex more enjoyable. In addition to the pleasure factor, lubricants also promote safer sex. Let’s explore how lube can reduce both psychological and physiological health risks.
Psychological and Interpersonal Health Benefits of Lube
One of the most persistent myths about human sexuality is that women want and enjoy sex less than men do. This is absolutely untrue. Women are more likely to experience multiple orgasms. Additionally, the clitoris has twice as many nerve endings than the penis. Clearly, women have every reason to enjoy A LOT of sex.
That said, women are more likely to experience discomfort or pain during sex. For some women, naturally self-lubricating during intercourse can take some time, making the experience uncomfortable at first. For others, fear of not getting “wet” enough for their partner creates anxiety that exacerbates the issue. Penis size can also affect comfort levels during sex (sorry guys: size does matter, but it’s not a straight forward matter).
If issues around sexual comfort aren’t addressed maturely and honestly, they can create sexual anxiety and frustration in relationships. Shame, embarrassment and frustration are totally unnecessary when brands like #LubeLife can solve friction-based problems quickly.
Get out of your head, grab some lube, and get back to stress-free love making!
How Lube Can Reduce STD/STI Transmission Risk
Besides causing discomfort, excessive sexual friction also increases the risk of getting (or giving) STIs (sexually transmitted infections). The mouth, anus, and vagina are made up of mucous membranes that help prevent pathogens from directly entering in your system. Unfortunately, these membranes do not trap STIs. Excessive friction during sex can create microscopic cuts and tearing in the mucous membranes of the anal or vaginal canal, allowing sexually transmitted infections direct access into your system.
Lube is extra important for anal intercourse. Although the rectum is lined with mucus, the human body doesn’t produce enough to naturally prevent tearing and cuts along the cells lining the rectum. While it might be tempting to rely on saliva, lube is a much safer and efficient option.
Lastly, make sure to avoid oil/petroleum-based lubes if you’re prone to bacterial or yeast vaginitis infections.
By this point, many of you are probably a bit grossed out. That’s fine. STIs/STDs are nasty business and very preventable. Besides condoms, using lube is one of the best ways to practice safe sex.
Using Lube with Condoms for Safest Sex
Speaking of condoms, never use oil-based lubricants when wrapping it up. Oil-based lubes can quickly compromise latex material, increasing the likelihood of breakage during intercourse. Instead, use water or silicon-based lubricants.
All our lubricants are water and silicon-based so you’ll never have to worry about condom malfunctions.